May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Montenvers Train Station, Chamonix, France
Hotel/Hut accommodation every night.
Please bring with you:
Clothing: We suggest using the ‘layer system’: Light technical clothing that doesn’t take much space in your backpack and dries quickly if sweaty or wet. Layers can be put on and taken off fast if weather conditions change during the day.
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar)
- Wind and waterproof over pants with side zippers (Gore Tex or similar)
- Mountaineering pants
- Fleece or heavy jacket
- Medium weight fleece sweater
- Long underwear or running tights
- Undershirt – preferably long sleeves
- Warm socks for mountaineering boots (wool/synthetic outers)
- Warm hat, covering your ears
- Lightweight gloves (fleece or leather)
- Warm, waterproof pair of gloves
- Gaiters (unless pants lock tightly to your boots)
- Sun hat, with a wide brim if possible
- Bandana (optional)
- Spare underwear, socks
- Down vest or light insulated jacket (optional)
- Light-weight sleeping bag liner (preferably silk) – wool covers are provided by the hut
- Light stuff sacs or zip lock bags to keep your backpack organized (optional)
- Toiletries : only tooth-brush and tooth-paste
- Alpine Club Membership Card (if you hold membership)
- Ear plugs (optional but very useful)
- Sun glasses (heavy duty – glacier use, with very good UV protection)
- Sun screen and lip protection
- Water bottle, preferably insulated, minimum volume: 1 liter
- Head lamp with spare batteries and bulb
- Blister kit (optional)
- Snacks (candy bars, dried fruit, sandwiches, nuts, etc.)
- Personal items (prescription medicine, extra contact lenses and maintenance equipment, extra pair of prescription glasses, etc.)
- Pocket knife or Leatherman (optional)
Mountains have been part of my life for more than two decades now. It's been an intense relationship that consumed my everything. First, I practiced skiing and all forms of climbing: sport, traditional, big wall, aid, ice and mixed. I risked it all, giving my life away and winning it back on big and hard mountain faces.
Some years later, I studied paramedicine and joined the Heli-Rescue service. I witnessed my own triumph as an alpinist and tragedy as a rescuer, which completed my understanding of what the mountain is in relation to people. This was the beginning of the end of my alpinist alter ego.
In 2016 I climbed Cerro Torre and pushed a new line as a mountaineer in Patagonia. This was the climbing climax which gave way to my mountain guiding career: my third and most balanced perspective on the world of mountains and on the mountains of the world. Since then, I've guided climbing and skiing trips in the Alps, the Caucasus range, the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and in the mountains ranges of Eastern Europe, among others.
Appreciating happiness through the eyes of others is what finally brought harmony to me, and this is what I want to share with people.
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