Alpine climbing

Summer climbing in the Alps

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I have spent many seasons Alpine climbing, and a several years living year round in the Chamonix valley, and working full time as a Guide from there. I have guided all over the Alps from Mont Blanc to the Dolomites.  The ‘normal’ summer season is from mid June to mid September, as this is when most of the mountain refuges are open and the mountains are purged of the winter snow. During this period I am available for  private guiding, with the emphasis mainly on private groups or individuals looking for adventures off the beaten track.  I can cater for all levels of guided Alpine mountaineering and climbing, ranging from Alpine rock climbing and introductory Alpine climbing, to classic 4000m summits and more technical peaks.

I’m also very happy teaching or coaching skills of Alpinism,  so that you can build your experience and discover Alpine peaks by yourself.

Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering 3-7 July 2017  (£600 – based on a group of 4)

This is a 5 day Alpine mountaineering course based in Arolla Switzerland. Arolla is a great place to learn about climbing Alpine peaks as there are loads to choose from and they’re all good ! The price is for the course only so accommodation is on top, but 3 nights will be spent in mountain huts, which will be booked by the Guide. In Arolla there are a few reasonably priced hotels and an excellent campsite so you can choose your style!  Also you don’t need a car once there as everything is within walking distance, so you can travel by air to Geneva then take a train to Sion, then a bus up to Arolla.  Huts cost around 85 CHF (£70 per night) with the Guide’s accommodation cost split between the group (approx an extra £10-15 pp)

Example Itinerary

Sunday 2 July  – Arrive in Arolla by 6pm for meeting and chat about the week.

Monday 3 July – Check kit in the morning then walk for 3 hours to Aiguilles Rouges in the afternoon. At the hut we can do some rope work skill sin preparation for the climb the next day.

Tuesday 4 July – Climb the Pointe de Vouasson (3200m) from the hut and descend to the valley. The peak is mainly on snow with a glacier .

Wednesday 5 July – Leave mid morning to walk to the Dix hut (2900m) via the Pas de Chevres.

Thursday 6 July – Climb the Pigne D’Arolla (3800m), and descent the other side to the Vignettes hut (3100m).

Friday 7 July – Climb L’Eveque (3700m) and after returning to the hut, descend to Arolla to finish the course.

(This an example and will be flexible to fit with weather – Hence why the accommodation cost is separate)