Introductory 5 Day Course Ice Climbing in Cognes - ideal for beginners and intermediates
Cogne is a world class area when it comes to ice climbing. Located in Italy, 1.5 hours drive from Chamonix, Cogne offers stunning ice falls of all grades in a beautiful and wild environment.
There are two valleys to choose from in Cognes; the Valnontey and Lillaz, both of which have an amazing quantity of ice routes. There are over 130 routes routes in Cogne, ranging from as easy as grade 2 going up to the expert grade of 6.
The goal of our 5 day ice climbing course is to teach you all the essential rope and climbing techniques, build your confidence in climbing on ice and lead you to climb routes that you would never normally attempt without a mountain guide.
The days are intense and packed with tuition and single-pitch / multi-pitch ice climbing. The length and difficulty of the routes will be chosen accordingly to your skills and fitness level.
Come and enjoy!
If you do not have 5 days to spare then we recommend doing our 3 day ice climbing course in Chamonix. If you already have some ice climbing experience and want to broaden your skills then our Winter Alpine Course will take you to the next level of mixed rock and ice climbing in the high mountains and glaciers of the Chamonix valley.
This 5 day ice climbing course is set in Lillaz, a picturesque village at the end of the stunning Cogne valley in Italy. You will stay in a comfortable hotel where you will enjoy delicious Italian cuisine for breakfast and dinner. Don’t miss out on the hot chocolate - a drink which has entirely new meaning in Italy!
Our UIAGM Mountain Guides will be present at all times during the course to ensure your safety and teach you the best ice climbing techniques.
The idea of our introductory ice climbing course is to climb these fantastic ice falls without destroying them! So the right technique to anchor your ice axes and crampons is the most important thing.
During the course you will learnHow to understand and accurately analyse the ice How to improve your balance and body position How to anchor your ice axes and crampons as accurately as possible Safety procedures, use of ice screws and different systems of protection Abseiling & belay techniques on ice
There are no prerequisites to attend this course but we highly advise you to be physically fit and to have some rock climbing experience.
Your group will be divided into climbing teams of two and each team will be led by a qualified UIAGM Mountain guide. There will be an emphasis on teaching basic ice climbing skills, using crampons and ice axes and improving technique with routes from French ice grade 3-5.