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Alpine Climbing

Alpine climbing is a very broad term, which incorporates all kinds of terrain and techniques. Rock, snow, ice or mixed terrain, involving glacial travel, rope management and orientation skills are all part of the alpine world.

Overview

The best season for alpine climbing in the Alps is from mid June to the beginning of October. Proper weather and conditions can be found at almost any time of the season, given that one is flexible within a chosen program one can always find something to be climbed.

From Verbier one can access all areas of the Alps very easily. The Valais is very well known for its many 4000m+ summits. Chamonix, the mountaineering Mecca of the Alps, is within an hour’s drive, and the Val d’Aosta over in Italy, with its own unique climate, gives us great opportunities when the weather is not ideal here.

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Introductory courses can vary from 1-5 days where one will practice the skills necessary to travel safely in the mountains.

Alpine skills are best learnt directly out in the terrain. Learning to walk with crampons, handle an ice axe, travel in glaciated terrain and manage a rope are all skills that need to be perfected before venturing out onto the summits.




Advanced Alpine

For those of you that already have alpine experience and have the basics down, there are all kinds of possibilities. Let me know what your interests are and we'll go from there. 

4000m+: Grand Combin, Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit, Obergabelhorn, Weisshorn, Lenzspitze...


alpine2.jpgIce Routes: Mont Blanc, North face Obergabelhorn, Goulotte Chere, Couloir Copt, Les Courtes...

Mixed Routes: Aiguille de Tour, Chardonnet, Portalet, La Ruinettes, Le Pleureur, Dent Blanche...  

Rock Routes: Clocher du Portalet, Aiguille de la Varrapes, Les Aiguilles Rouges, South face of the Midi, Grand Capucin...


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