We will check into our accommodations and meet the evening before to warm-up as necessary and hire any equipment as needed.
We will run a final equipment check before beginning the course. Our first objective is the largest glacier in France, the Mer de Glace. Using the Montenvers railway, we will begin our training with team rope and movement skills while familiarizing ourselves with mountain climbing gear and equipment.
Our day will include crossing the Mont Blanc Tunnel into the Aosta Valley and ascending the to the glaciers of Monte Bianco. This will feature mixed climbing, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel as we climb a 3,500-meter peak. Access to the glaciers will be assisted by the Punta Hellbronner lift.
We will focus on rope techniques while practicing our skills in the lower parts of the Mont Blanc massif. Instruction will include abseiling, single-pitch lines, and preparation for our final two days that include a stay in a mountain hut.
We will head for the Dix Hut at 2,928 meters, with a traverse of the Pas de Chevre that features scrambling and climbing. After an evening in the hut, we will embark on a summit attempt of Pigne d’Arolla (3,790m) the next day. The views will consist of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps, making for a high-quality mountaineering experience.
We will descend back through Arolla for lunch and then back to Chamonix to finish up our program.
Contact me upon booking to establish a specific Chamonix location to meet.
You are responsible for your accommodation and lodging when in Chamonix, as well as that of you and your guide when staying in the mountain hut.
Please contact me for me information on available lodging in Chamonix.
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