People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Dec
Type of Trip
Why not experiencing a new winter outdoor activity during your next stay in Chamonix ? ICE CLIMBING !
I have designed this ice climbing program for the ones staying in Chamonix between December and February, for a weekend or longer.
Ice climbing is a real unique sport practiced in a very special environment. You’ll be fascinated by this original univers.
Staying for several hours on an ice fall is really not commun but so much fun. You’ll notice that it is more flexible than rock climbing since you have more freedom on where to put your hands and feet. I just love this !
For this weekend trip, I have selected the 2 best ice climbing spots of the valley :
- La Cremerie, above Argentière;
- La Rive Gauche (left bank) of the Argentière Glacier, above Les Grands Montets.
Based on the conditions, a possibility could be also to drive to Cogne (in Italy), one of the best places of the Alps to practice ice climbing. It is not very far from Chamonix.
The program of the weekend will be adapted based on the level of the participants within your group. La Cremerie has ice falls which are very well adapted for the ones starting with ice climbing. The climbing routes don’t go higher than 60°.
The ice falls at La Rive Gauche of The Argentière Glacier are a little bit more complex. The routes there are suitable for the climbers having some experience with ice falls.
The views on day 2 are amazingly beautiful. We will spend the day in a real alpine environment, surrounded by ice and some of the famous peaks of the Mont Blanc range.
You can book me if you are interested by such a weekend in Chamonix. I can adapt the program, make it shorter or longer, based on the time you have and your wishes. It will be a great pleasure for me to coach you and guide you on these ice falls.
If you wish, we could also combine some ice climbing with some freeride ski (at Brévent-Flégère, Les Grands Montets, Vallée Blanche). We could also do some ski touring in the best spots of the Chamonix valley.
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.
Ice climbing in Argentière (Crèmerie)
During our first day we learn or review the basics of ice climbing above Argentière. The spot is called “Crèmerie”. You have several climbing routes there which allow to climb several at the same time. It’s a great place to learn.
Ice climbing on the left bank of the Argentière Glacier
The second day will be spent in les Grand Montets. We will take the lift till the first stop (Lognan) and walk till the left bank of the Argentière glacier. This spot is amazing and allow to see stunning views while ice climbing. There are several climbing routes.
- Guide ratio : For day 1, 1 guide for 4 clients, for day 2, 1 guide for 2 clients
- The lift fee to Lognan (Grands Montets) is not included in the guide's fee
About the Guide
I grew up far from the mountains, and I didn't imagine what was waiting for me...
When I was 17, I had the first symptoms: I left without second guessing it my foreign tongues studies and I settled at Briançon, in the Hautes-Alpes, to satiate my passion for snowboarding. I practiced non-stop for some winters, spending the "summers" in the southern hemisphere.
The virus started spreading: my love for large spaces led me to get certified as a mountain leader.
During 10 years, I spent my summers taking groups to discover the most beautiful hikes around the Ecrins massif.
During this time, I discovered alpinism and a there was a new spark in my eyes. The diagnostic came fast: I was severely passionate about the mountains. Since then I never stopped dreaming of every kind of ascent, and I organised my everyday life to try to achieve many of them.
I learned to appreciate equally the end of the mountain journey and the friend or rope parter with whom I share my trips. After 10 years going through paths with hiking groups and with a fierce desire to go higher, I started studying to become a High Mountain Guide. I became IFMGA-certified in August, 2017.
Today I propose to travel this path, leading us sometimes to a summit, to admire the vastness of the horizon, taking us to something simple, pure and essential.
My head is filled with memories and projects, and I would be thrilled to share one with you. But I'm also here to help you turn your own project into a reality.
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