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Chamonix Alpine Intro With Mt Blanc Aug – Sept 2021
August 30 - September 7
Whilst Chamonix is the capital of world mountaineering, you do not need to be an experienced mountaineer to enjoy its vast mountain attractions. On the contrary, one of Chamonix’s real assets is that it has peaks and climbs suitable for all levels of challenge and for every step along the rewarding journey of developing your mountaineering skills. This alpine training course is designed for those who want to learn and develop their skills with crampons, ice axe & mountaineering boots whilst doing some inspiring glacier journeys, climbing alpine ridges and peaks and prepare for the ascent of Mont Blanc.
During 8 action packed mountain days, this course aims to provide you with high quality training in all the alpine essentials whilst completing some training peaks and fun routes along the way to preparing for Mont Blanc. This blend of mountaineering, training and climbing will give you a sound understanding of the essential practical skills of alpinism and a great opportunity to put them in to practice! The course should also be a fun & sociable week completing some great mountain journeys with a like minded team.
The week features 3 Chamonix day trips focussing on mountaineering skills, glacier journeys, rock scrambling / climbing, movement skills and an overnight mountain hut expedition – often at this time of year to the Albert Premier Hut at the Eastern end of the Mont Blanc Massif or the Rifugio Torino on the Southern side of the Range. Then a rest day is taken before the 3 day MB summit programme. A superb varied week of high alpine mountaineering.
A very good fitness level is required for alpine mountaineering days 8 – 10 hours in duration. The MB summit day is particularly physical and you should be well prepared for at up to 10 solid hours on the go at high altitude, a major physical challenge. It is not necessary to have any background of rock climbing or winter mountaineering although any climbing experience, even at a climbing wall will be useful, as will any general hill walking and scrambling experience. This course would also be suitable for climbers with some technical experience who are keen to receive alpine specific training and develop their personal skills with a view to climbing independently after the course.