Our Chamonix, Classical alpinism course is a “bridge” to use while crossing over from basic to technical contents in mountaineering.
The activity is suitable for our classical mountaineering Wildspitze past students or students who completed a similar basic one week course.
- Refreshing your knowledge in necessary knots and equipment “knowhow”
- Refreshing your knowledge in glacier travel and crevasse rescue
- Anchors in snow & ice and rope manipulations
- Leading and basic multi-pitch skills on rock and steep ice
- Independent route planning and orientation
Day 1: Meeting at 17:00 in Chamonix/Argentiere- the exact hotel’s address will be sent to you before the activity – for a briefing and a gear check.
Day 2: Rock day in the valley- refreshing your rock skills on belaying and leading
Day 3: Rock day in the valley- moving into short pitching and a multi-pitch climb
Day 4: After Breakfast we will head up to an alpine hut (the Albert 1er or the Argentiere hut are both a good option) and dust our cramponing skills- walking on snow and ice, correct usage of ice axe and a quick prepping of belay system on snow and ice.
Day 5: A steep-ice day- at the huts proximity we will find a steeper section where we could practice steep ice climbing, protecting, belaying and rappelling.
Day 6: An alpine ascent such as Aiguille de Tour 3,540 m or the Petit Foursch 3,520 m - it’s a great training ground for safe movement on alpine rock terrain with mountaineering boots and crampons. (1000 m elevation gain, 5 hours walking, climbing up to UIAA III) and descent to the valley.
Day 7: With the cable car we will either climb a ridge on the Italian or the French side and descent back down to finish the course.
- The mentioned timetable is exemplary and may vary due to conditions, the ability of the participants, safety & weather limitations*.