This is an introduction level course designed for those with little or no experience in rock climbing. You will learn how to rock climb on bolted routes – both following and leading – and all the related safety skills.

Educational course
This course is packed with instruction and teaching as well as good climbing
Learn climbing in Chamonix
Learn rock climbing from our UIAGM Mountain Guides in the Mecca of alpinism, Chamonix Mont Blanc
Beginner friendly
You do not need any previous rock climbing experience to join this course. Indoor climbing experience is an advantage.

DISCOVER ROCK CLIMBING IN CHAMONIX

5 days intensive rock climbing course for beginners

From 790.00€

Price per person for groups of minimum 2 participants

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Beginner tech level

 

Fitness level 3/5

 

5 day course

 

Available June - October

 

Guiding ratios 1:6 and 1:3

Rock climbing is an exhilarating sport that demands strength, endurance, agility and good mental control. It also requires wide range of skills in order to be safe in the vertical world. Historically, it was an important component of Alpine mountaineering. Since then, it has evolved into a separate sport in it’s own right, which is technically varied and increasingly athletic. Chamonix and the surrounding area offer amazing rock climbing in beautiful natural settings. We have fantastic multi-pitch routes for climbers of all levels. 

We designed this course for those who have little or no previous rock climbing experience but are passionate about outdoor activities, or have climbed indoors and want to progress to outdoor rock climbing. On this course, you will learn everything you need to know to be confident climbing bolted single and multi pitch routes with more experienced friends. We will teach you the basic rock climbing techniques, how to read the rock, spot the easiest passages available and how to position your body to maximize use of the hand and foot holds. You will learn the most important knots, how to belay your partner, rappel, how to safely set the anchor, correctly clip rope into karabiners, etc. As the course progresses and you become more confident, you will, if you want and under supervision of your guide, lead a route in easy terrain where you can practice the skills you have learned in previous days. 

In the event of bad weather, we have option to go to Italy where the weather is usually different. In the very rare event of bad weather everywhere (France, Italy and Switzerland) we will teach you the essential rope work and safety skills in the local indoor gym. 

Dates

Discover Rock Climbing in Chamonix dates - 2020

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June 01, 2020
2
790.00€
June 08, 2020
2
790.00€
June 15, 2020
2
790.00€
June 22, 2020
2
790.00€
June 29, 2020
2
790.00€
July 06, 2020
2
790.00€
July 13, 2020
2
790.00€
July 20, 2020
2
790.00€
July 27, 2020
2
790.00€
August 03, 2020
2
790.00€
August 10, 2020
2
790.00€
August 17, 2020
2
790.00€
August 24, 2020
2
790.00€
August 31, 2020
2
790.00€
September 07, 2020
2
790.00€
September 14, 2020
2
790.00€
September 21, 2020
2
790.00€
September 28, 2020
2
790.00€
October 05, 2020
2
790.00€
October 12, 2020
2
790.00€
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Itinerary

We will use variety of locations for the training and climbing. The itinerary will be adapted to the overall level of the group and weather / conditions. 

Arrival Day: Welcome Meeting

You should arrive in Chamonix the day before the first full day of your course. The course starts with an evening meeting between the course participants and the guide at our office. Your guide will go through the plan for the week and answer any questions you have.

Day 1

Today we start in one of the local single pitch crags. You will get to know the rock climbing equipment and learn how to use it. We will go through hazard evaluation and risk management of single pitch climbing. You will learn the basic moves on rock, practice ‘top rope’ safety skills and learn climbing communication calls. After the climbing practice, we will have an evening seminar in our offices where we will teach you the most important climbing knots. 

Day 2

The morning will be used to reinforce the skills you learned the day before. Repetition is the key to good practice. You will further your rock climbing skills and try to climb harder routes. In the afternoon, we will introduce abseil techniques; lead belaying and multi-pitch rope skills. Another evening seminar today, this time about ropes and fall dangers. 

Day 3

Today we will go to one of the local multi pitch areas to try out a real multi pitch route! The area will be chosen depending on your climbing level, but it will be a very easy climb which will allow you to practice your rope skills without worrying about falling. 

Days 4 & 5

These 2 days are dedicated to climbing! You will again and again use the skills you have learned the first 3 days - repetition is good way to get all the safety skills under your skin. We will explain how to read guidebooks and prepare your own climbing pack. Under supervision of your guide, you will lead pitches and belay your partner. Finally, we will introduce you to self-rescue techniques – important skills to know when you unexpectedly need to get yourself out of the climb. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Get to know the equipment – both personal gear and fixed safety gear (bolts, belays, etc.)
  • Climbing calls and communication
  • Learn the basic climbing techniques
  • Learn the belay techniques, anchors, rappels, self rescue techniques and other essential rope work skills
  • Read the topo and plan the climb
  • Multi pitch rope work skills and safety techniques
  • Lead climbing skills on bolted single pitch and multi pitch routes

Level Requirements

You do not have to have previous climbing experience to join this course. We accept total beginners as well as those with little experience in indoor or outdoor climbing. 

You have to be physically fit and happy to climb and hike for up to 8 hours per day. 

Regular hiking, running, swimming and biking are good way to build up the required level of fitness. If you have the opportunity, join you local climbing gym to get used to the vertical playground. 

Equipment

Clothing

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Sun hat

Sun hat

Climbing shoes

Climbing shoes

Climbing pants

Climbing pants

Approach shoes

Approach shoes

T-shirts

T-shirts

Technical gear

Harness

Harness

3 x Screwgate carabiner

3 x Screwgate carabiner

Belay device

Belay device

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

Lanyard

Lanyard

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

60 cm tape sling or cordelette for prusik

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

5 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 Aiguillle 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

Accommodation in Chamonix

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.

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

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.

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

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.

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