As the course includes technical climbing with specific training in terrain that changes during the winter season, this itinerary is just an example. The exact itinerary will be decided during the course depending on the weather forecast, conditions and overall level and progress of the group.
We will have the pre-course meeting with your group and your guide in the Chamex offices in the evening. The exact time will be communicated to you by an email few days prior the course. Your guide will discuss with you the equipment, the course itinerary and goals for the week.
Day 1 – Refresher day
Your guide will check what skills you already know and are confident at and what skills you need to know but are unsure or not very familiar with. You will practice those skills to gain the full confidence. We will go to one of Chamonix ice climbing areas to do the training.
Day 2 – Crevasse rescue and glacier travel
Today is dedicated to advance your crampon technique and roping techniques for safe travel on glaciers. We will also cover crevasse rescue training. The Vallee Blanche (form the Aiguille du Midi or from Helbronner) or Mer de Glace glacier are the ideal locations for the training.
Day 3 – Mixed climbing La Flégère
La Flégère and the Index area offer a great terrain to practice mixed climbing, ridge climbing, route finding and the protection placement. You will learn the essential rope work and climb a fun route.
Day 4 – 5 Overnight trip or climb
Let’s put all these new skills into work. Depending on the conditions, we will go either to Cogne to ice climb – this is one of the best ice climbing areas in Europe. There are many multi-pitch routes ideal to practice skills such as ice screw placement, building anchors on ice and lead-climbing. Another option is to climb the high altitude mixed routes from the Aiguille du Midi or Helbronner lifts. The exact area, activity and itinerary will be discussed with the group and decided the evening before departure, depending on the weather forecast, conditions and goals of the group. As the guiding ratio is 1:2, we will divide the team into small and relatively independent teams.
We will return to Chamonix on the day 5 in the afternoon (the exact time will depend on the destination, traffic, etc).