Ice Climbing Introduction Course 5 Days

Introduction to Ice Climbing Course in Chamonix - 5 Days

Ice climbing in Chamonix is an incredible experience in a mind blowing environment of frozen waterfalls, glaciers and icy peaks. We are extremely lucky to be situated right on the French/Swiss/Italian border, opening up many possibilites such as La Cremerie in Argentiere, Trient in Switzerland and Cogne in Italy. During this course you will get to explore them all!

The Chamonix Experience introduction to ice climbing course is lead by fully qualified UIAGM mountain guides with a wealth of experience and unrivalled knowledge of the Chamonix valley and surrounding areas.

Your guide will teach you how to climb, abseil and belay on icefalls using equipment such as ropes, harnesses, crampons, screws and ice axes. The course is designed to suit those with some experience in rock climbing or mountaineering. We accept beginners but it is important that people have a good level of fitness to get the most out of the course.  

Our course is run in small groups allowing us to assist with each participant’s level as much as possible.  We offer high quality ice climbing venues with expert coaching by fully qualified mountain guides.

If you already have some experience of ice climbing then maybe our Winter Alpine Course would be better suited to people who wish to build on existing skills and learn new ones.

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 learn :

How 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 Multi-pitch ice climbing