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Introductory Alpinism

For people who want to get a taste of alpinism we can arrange introductory courses covering the very basics of alpine mountaineering, with the end goal being an easier summit that can be achieved without any serious or difficult climbing. I really like teaching skills and watching people become more competent in the mountains. On an introductory course I teach basic glacier ropework, ice axe and crampon use, mountain navigation and route finding. 

 There is a lot to learn and what can be taught totally depends on your level and everyone comes from different back grounds. The main aim is that you would learn something and climb some mountains putting all your skills to use. A few classic introductory alpine peaks are Grand Paradiso, Aiguille de tour, Pigne D'Arolla, Monterosa, Alaininhorn.

Course Example 5 Days. 

Day One- Meet in Chamonix and Check equipment and Gear. Hike up to Albert Premiere Hut. Descend onto the Le tour Glacier and do a glacier skills session, looking at cramponing, and using ice axe, rope work. Stay overnight in the hut.

Day Two- Climb Aiguille du Tour 3540m. Look at glacial rope work in action, and how to use the rope on scrambling terrain. Descend to Chamonix

Day Three- Introductory rock climbing at a valley crag looking at rope work, and learning some good climbing movement technique. Introduction to abseiling. 

Day Four- Drive to Italy and hike up to Chabod refuge. Rock Climbing around the hut. 

Day Five- Summit Grand Paradiso 4061m bringing together skills learnt through the whole week and return to Chamonix. 

Pricing 

€400- 500 euros per day, depending on the group to guide ratio, plus guides expenses.