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It’s my pleasure to invite you to a 5-day guided ice climbing trip in Val de Cogne. The ice cascades you’ll find there are perfect for any kind of climber: from beginners to professionals.
Val de Cogne as well as all the Chamonix region provide great frozen walls for all levels. In fact, if you don’t have so much experience you can reach the top of them using ropes and gradually gain more autonomy. Of course, you’ll count on my help! As a certified mountain guide I’ll guarantee the safest experience as well as the suitable cascade according to your abilities.
In addition to that, this 5-day trip will let you learn a lot of new techniques concerning ice climbing. During this experience, I will teach you the following content:
- How to evolve on ice while climbing;
- Climbing in dry-tooling (mixed sporting climbs);
- Safety elements (ropes, crampons);
- Descent security;
- How to install the screws in the ice;
- The Abalakov Test.
Please find at the end of this description an estimated sample of our 5-day program in Val de Cogne. Keep in mind that any event can be modified and adapted to the group level as well as to the climatic conditions.
Finally, let me tell you that if you’re on your own and want to come to Val de Cogne, I can find a place for you in other group. On the contrary, if you already have your group of friends, contact me now to book your places and arrange the final details. I’ll be waiting for your message!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Patrie de Droite Cascade
Meet at 7:15 in Chamonix with all the equipment. Then, we’ll departure in direction to Valnontey, above the village of Cogne and at the foot of the Grand Paradiso.
After 1:20 hours of approaching we arrive at the foot of the “Patrie de Droite” ice cascade, which offer passages at 90° during its 10 meters.
Night in a cottage in Cogne.
Lillaz gully (Rock climbing + ice climbing)
During our second day of training, we will go on the right bank of Valeille. It will take us 1:15 to reach the foot of this chute.
It is a superb mixed itinerary with a beautiful atmosphere and a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc.
Night in a cottage.
This time we’ll go to the left bank of Valeille. A small approach of 40 minutes will take us at the beginning of this 5-length beautiful ice cascade.
Its climb starts with a wall of 50m at 85°. You will be able to try climbing at the top! Night in the cottage.
Il Candelabro de Coyote
Today we’ll take a new direction to the left bank of Valeille. After 40 minutes we will be at the foot of this ice wall. “Il Candelabro de Coyote” is a beautiful cascade, with passages of 10 meters in 90°. The arms will hurt a little!
Night at the cottage.
To finish this ice climbing training course in Val d Cogne, we will take the right bank of Valnontey called “Répentance Super”.
This magnificent ice cascade is a grade 6 (the most difficult). Its most complex section is a column of 30 meters to climb in position of 90°. After that, we’ll return to Chamonix and we’ll do the final balance training of ice climbing in the afternoon.
In cottages. Not included in the final price.
About the Guide
IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guide -
Sébastien is originally from Toulon. Before he dedicated his time fully to his passion, mountaineering, he has completed a degree in Alpine Geography.
His thirst for adventure took him from countries such as Turkey and Peru to the high mountains of Pakistan .
Since 2000, he work as a Mountain Guide in Chamonix, La Clusaz and all over the world.
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