Discover the magical world of ice climbing in Les Ecrins, France’s premium region for ice! The Hautes-Alpes are full of frozen gems and the conditions often great. Treat yourself to discovering this icy wonderland!
Start with the basics and develop your skills and technique under supervision of our UIAGM mountain guides
Visit 5 different ice crags with the finest ice lines in France
The large spectrum of grades will facilitate your climbing development
You’ve always dreamed of climbing frozen waterfalls? You want to learn how to climb safely in this fragile environment?
Les Ecrins, in the heart of the Hautes Alpes region, hosts many of France’s most sought-after ice climbs. Conditions are often excellent due to the great variety of exposures and the high altitude of it’s many ice-filled canyons and valleys : Ceillac, Crevoux, Les Orres, Fressinières, Le Fournel, La Grave… and many more! Every day you can climb in a new valley.
Over 5 days you will learn how to be a better ice climber, accompanied by the best IFMGA mountain guides. The emphasis will be on your personal progression as an ice climber, while getting the maximum amount of time on the ice. Efficiency and safety are the key words!
For the first two days, you will climb on single pitch ice crags. You will learn about rope manoeuvres specific to ice climbing, will practice ice tool and crampon techniques, and will improve your skills to tackle the second part of the course! The next three days will be spent climbing the plethora of massive ice falls that make the region so great for ice climbing. You will also discover the increasingly popular and fun dry tooling and mixed climbing activities.
During the 5 days you will be staying in a cozy hotel in the town of l’Argentiere. This little town is at the center of the ice climbing frenzy that takes place in winter.
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You have no previous experience in ice climbing and you have never used crampons and ice axes before. You may have some basic rock / indoor climbing experience.