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Chamonix Granite Rock Climbing weekend

Learn to climb granite with a UIAGM mountain guide in Chamonix

This long weekend course is the perfect opportunity to improve your rope work, develop your route finding skills and learn new techniques over just three days.

You'll consolidate all the essential skills that you need for climbing long granite routes without having to take lots of time of work or commit to an expensive trip.

On this course you will discover or improve, but most importantly enjoy, climbing pitch after pitch of cracks, slabs, chimneys and dihedrals!

Chamonix is legendary for its varied and challenging climbing routes. Some easily accessible on foot, others requiring a cable car ride high into the mountains. During the three day course, you'll get a taster of both - and we guarantee you'll be back for more!

This course was created for those who don’t have enough time to join our 5 day Chamonix Rock Climbing Course. If you would like to take your climbing to the next level then this is the perfect opportunity to build on the basic skills that you have learned on the weekend course and to discover even more of the incredible terrain that surrounds the Chamonix valley.

Description

Level Requirements

You should have previous rock climbing experience, know how to belay, abseil and be comfortable following fifth class rock routes. You have to have previous experience in glacier travel and know how to use crampons and ice axes.

It is essential that you are in good physical shape. You should be able to complete a 5 hour hill walk at a strong and steady pace without difficulty. If you need any advice on how best to prepare for this course please just let us know.

Price

620€

Price per person for groups of minimum 4 and maximum 6 participants.

Course Dates

2017
Start Date End Date Spaces
Aug 26 Aug 28 4
Sep 08 Sep 10 4
Sep 22 Sep 24 4

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


Included

Guide Fees

3 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Local Transport

Any local transport that is required during your course.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your persoanlised kit list.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Chamonix Granite Rock Climbing Weekend Itinerary

This itinerary is an example of what could be done with good weather and good conditions. It may be changed by your guide to suit the conditions and the overall level of the group.

Day 1 - Rock Climbing in Chamonix

On the first day, your guide will assess the climbing level, rope skills and equipment of the group. You will refresh your rope skills such as protection placing, setting up the belays, rappels, etc. An ideal place is Les Gaillands as it has easy multi-pitch routes and easy access from Chamonix.

Day 2 - Aiguille de la Blaitière

On day two we head up into the mountains. A good starting point can be the Nabon Léon route on the Aiguille de la Blaitière. This is a great introduction to granite climbing. You will learn how to get the maximum information from the guide book and how to plan your climbing route.

Day 3 - Crack Climbing

We will be ready to push the grade up a bit! Crack climbing requires a special technique and gets better only with practice. Classic climbs such as the Rebuffat route on the Pointe Lachenal offers lot of cracks to practice on. The course will end with a debrief over a nice, cool “demi”!

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Rock climbing in Chamonix
Climbing the Rebuffat Route at Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix
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Les Gaillands rock climbing crag in Chamonix
Rock climbing in Chamonix
Rock climbing in Chamonix
Rock climbing in Chamonix

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Climbing shoes

Climbing shoes

Technical gear

Harness

Harness

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Crampons

Crampons

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Rebuffat Route, Aiguille du Midi

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The Rébuffat route is named after the renowned French climber Gaston Rébuffat, who opened up many new lines on the Aiguille du Midi during the 1950's. Today, this classic route on the south face of the Aiguille du Midi is one of the most popular climbs in the Chamonix valley.

The day starts with an early ride on the Aiguille du Midi cable car, followed by a descent down the exposed east ridge to the glacier on the south side of the Aiguille du Midi. From here there is a short traverse across the glacier to the start of the climb. The route comprises 11 well-equipped pitches on excellent golden granite, most of them ranging between 5.8 to 5.9. Once we've reached the summit we rappel back down and return to Chamonix via the cable car.

The climb itself takes about half a day, so you can expect to be back in Chamonix by mid afternoon. The close proximity of the Cosmiques refuge makes the Rebuffat route a popular choice for climbers who want to spend several days in the mountains doing a different climb each day.

Nabon Leon, Aiguille de la Blaitiere

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From the cable car station of the Plan de l'Aiguille, we head east along the hiking path to Lac Bleu, take the trail to the east up to the Blue Lake and continue past some cairns to cross the bottom of the Blaitière glacier to reach the right bank of the moraine. The approach to the climb takes about an hour and a half, going up the moraine and traversing some ledges to reach the Pilier Rouge.

The Nabot Leon route comprises 5 pitches of cracks, dihedrals, chimneys and slabs on excellent textured granite. Each pitch is around 35-45 metres long and mostly grade 5c - it is a great climb for confident intermediate climbers and offers incredible views of the Chamonix valley. The descent is by rappel.

This is a full day climb, so you can expect to be back in Chamonix by late afternoon.