Try ice climbing or improve your winter mountaineering skills during a weekend in Chamonix. Access the 2 best ice climbing spots of the Valley, in Argentière and above les Grands Montets. Be guided by Julia, a local IFMGA-certified guide.
Jan, Feb, Dec
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.
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.
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.
I can pick you up at your hotel.
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