Jul, Aug, Sep
Chamonix, France. We'll arrange to meet the evening before departure.
Hotel in Chamonix (fees not included).
Huts in the mountain (included in price). I will make the reservations for you.
Not included in the price:
Lodging when in town - typically 4 nights
Drinks and lift fees for you and the guide
Travel to or from the course departure point of Chamonix
Gore-Tex (or similar breathable shell clothing) Jacket and pants or bib
Lightweight climbing pants for days on the rock.
Lightweight thermal top (polypro or capilene).
Lightweight fleece shirt.
Windshirt or vest.
Warm ski gloves w/ leather palms if possible and a shell over-mitt.
Spare pair of lightweight spring gloves or wool liners.
Warm hat or balaclava.
Baseball cap (for the sun).
Non cotton socks.
Glacier glasses or good quality sun glasses that filter 100% of UV rays.
Personal gear (items with * can be rented in Chamonix):
Harness * w/ 2 locking 'biners and a belaying device.
2 prussik loops.
1 long sling.
ice axe * also referred to as a walking axe (be sure not to buy one that is too long !). Anything over 55cm is too long
Crampons * w/ anti- balling plates.
Mountaineering boots *. Leather is the preferred choice. Make certain your crampons work on them !
Rock shoes *.
A small rucksack 30l (2000c.i.) is plenty big enough.
Headlamp w/ a new battery.
Telescopic poles help distribute the weight of your pack better and take a load off you legs and back.
Small compact camera (avoid bringing along an expensive 35mm).
Personal first aid kit (second skin, aspirin, toilet articles).
Sun block and lip cream.
Water bottle 1 liter minimum with insulated cover (metal bottles are best - plastic holds bad after tastes and also mildew !).
(I supply all of this equipment)
rope(s) 50m is standard length for rappels.
crevasse rescue equipment (a lightweight pulley, ascender, 2 ice screws).
first aid kit.
altimeter, maps, compass.
IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide
I am a professional mountain & ski guide. I have been guiding now since 1994. I have always been into the mountains – skiing at age 4 and secretly sneaking away for overnight bivouacs in the mountains behind my parents house. At age 13, I decided to pursue my airy scrambles for something that looked a bit more fun. I went to work as an assistant bringing out other young teenagers on exciting hiking and more importantly to me, climbing outings. One thing led to another and before I knew it my world revolved around the mountains.
At the age of 18 I moved to France to pursue my passions, later becoming actively involved with the French Alpine Club in Dijon and organizing outings and putting up climbing routes here and there in Burgundy.
In 1992, I entered the infamous ENSA or French guides school in Chamonix and became the first American to receive international certification (UIAGM/IFMGA) through this prestigious school.
Since then I have been making my living as a full time professional guide, climbing and skiing in many of the worlds great mountain ranges. I speak fluent French, some Italian and I am now learning German.
Previously I have worked as a technical consultant for Petzl, and Grivel.
If you are looking for a great adventure, skiing or climbing, please get in touch with and let's discuss about it.
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