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Becoming An Alpinist 🇫🇷 September 2022

September 19, 2022 - September 23, 2022

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On this progressive alpine training course we aim to tackle some of Chamonix’s classic easy alpine routes in a style that will offer you high quality mountaineering training along the way. This course is ideally suited to those with some existing rock climbing and winter mountaineering experience and who would like to develop these existing skills and become independent ‘Alpinists’ in the future.

With a maximum ratio of 1 Mountain Guide to 3 students this course aims to deliver high quality practical training whilst tackling some interesting alpine terrain (up to C. PD+) and practicing relevant skills in an alpine context along the way. Training & development is the emphasis of this course thus we won’t be tackling long & hard ‘Grande Courses‘ during the course….but hopefully you will be in the future having done it!

4 Cornerstones To Alpine Mountaineering…

Even good climbers experienced in smaller and non-glaciated hills may not be familiar with all 4 of these important principles which give a great practical framework for structuring the training contents covered on this course.  They are:

  • Good movement skills on all terrain from rough walking to steep climbing and from rock to mixed & ice
  • Always roping together members of the team on a snow covered glacier
  • Sticking to guide book time for the route – the need to be efficient and how to achieve this
  • An awareness of objective hazards and how to mitigate against them
Mountaineering high on the Pointe Des Mourti above the Moiry Glacier, Swiss Valais

Course Aims

  • Develop your existing mountaineering & rock climbing skill & experience with a view to progressing as an Alpinist
  • Spend 5 enjoyable days climbing, mountaineering & training around the Mont Blanc Massif
  • Visit a good variety of the classic mountain venues of the Chamonix Valley
  • Meet some other like minded alpine mountaineers
  • Have a fun & sociable week with 1 night spent in a high mountain hut

Fitness & Experience Levels Required

This course is for people who already have some rock climbing experience, have used crampons and an ice axe before and want to develop alpine mountaineering skills. To get the most out of the training and suggested routes you will be able to second up to F5b (C. UK VS) and you will also need to be physically very fit and able to complete 5 full mountain days (eg. 6-8 hours in duration).

Becoming An Alpinist Team doing some north face pitching & descent techniques on the Pointe Lachenal, Col du Midi, Chamonix

Matt, Becoming An Alpinist Course, June 2015

Thanks for a great week in the mountains! Great company, fantastic route choices and quality guiding (cheers Rob!) I’m really inspired to come back next summer, hopefully for 2 weeks this time. And will definitely be getting in as much climbing as I can through the rest of the the year and hopefully a good dose of freezing cold Scottish winter too. The training is already paying off – I was climbing with the club on the Gower last night, and felt secure setting up a good stacked abseil with me and my climbing partner both getting set up on the rope with our cows tails in place, and using all the checks we learned, before ab’ing down to the sea ledge. Thanks again everyone, and hopefully see you next summer or sooner!

In Sept 2022 there is also the optional extra opportunity to do some Chamonix private guiding after this course and benefit from your training and acclimatisation during the week.

Where the Alpinist training pays off!  Great early morning positions and enjoyable scrambling on the upper ridge on Zinalrothorn.


September 19, 2022
September 23, 2022


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