The objective of the course is to allow women to try ice climbing in a friendly atmosphere, in Cogne or any other ice climbing spots close to Chamonix, with Isabelle, IFMGA mountain guide.
Explore and share a day with other women who have never ice climbed before or have ice climbed but want to learn more about the technique and gain confidence in a friendly atmosphere in Cogne.
Explore, Learn & Be
EXPLORE: Try ice climbing in a safe and support atmosphere
LEARN: all the technique and safety needed to improve and gain knowledge.
BE: Be inspired, be motivated, be there!
I organise such ice climbing courses several times a year in January and February. Some of them are dedicated to women, some others are open for men as well.
I usually organise them in Cogne. The meeting point is in Chamonix from where we commute to reach Cogne. We can also meet in Cogne directly. They day usually starts with a coffee at Hotel Ondezana at 8.30am 😉
Here is the equipment you will need to have with you, part of it could be rented in Chamonix and I can help you with that.
– Mountaineering boots and crampons (ideally ice climbing crampons)
(you can bring you own ice axes but I can also lend you a pair)
My tarif is on average 380€ a day, depending on the level and the size of the group. I sometimes organize special women days together with my sponsor Arc’teryx, the tarif is then 20€ per person.
Please get in touch with me if you wish to join an existing group or if you want to set up yours. We can go to Cogne but also to other of the best ice climbing spots of the Alps, based on the time you have and the weather / ice conditions.
- Guiding fee
As a French Canadian, I grew up in the extreme winters of Quebec. It wasn't until I came to Switzerland, 20 years ago as a teacher, that I discovered the high mountains. Since those first steps, my life has taken a dramatic change. Whilst finishing a Masters degree in Adult Education in Geneva, I found myself drawn ever closer to the rock walls and snows of the European Alps.
My extensive adventures around the world include: traversing the Alps on telemarks, experiencing the high altitude of Aconcagua, Denali and Ama Dablam, battling spin drifts in Alaska and exploring the mountainous regions of Peru and Bolivia. This motivated me to pursue my passion as a career. I'm now one of 16 women in France to have made the mountains my home as a professional mountain guide and member of the UIAGM. I'm based in the Chamonix valley. I can point out most summits and tell you a story about a climb I have done or a North Face on which I have shivered on.
Being the proud mum of 2 young children, I have to adapt my mountaineering aspirations. I continue to live in the constant search for perfect balance enabling others to achieve their alpine dreams safely and spending time with my family. Climbing, mountaineering and skiing remain a source of inspiration to me. Whether on rock or ice, in the mountains or sports climbing, I relishe these forms of creative expression. I need daily challenges, the search for a solution to the seemingly impossible.
I love to share this vertical world I'm privileged to live in. My goals are to encourage others to experience the same and to go beyond their own perceived physical and mental limits.
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I had one of the most incredible days in Cogne with Isabelle and the other girls. She was very professional but made everything real fun and enjoyable. She allowed a dream to come true for me as I have wanted to ice climb for quite a while now. It was a beautiful spot and allowed us to try ice and mixed climbing and also dry tooling, which I wasn't expecting. It was an incredible day and I have so much to thank Isa for!
I spent an amazing day in Cogne with Isabelle and the other girls. We shared the drive together from Chamonix to Cogne. All the girls were new or almost new to ice climbing and we were pretty excited when we arrived at the icefall. We first received good technical advices and soon after we climbed several routes on the icefall. we could also experiment some mixed climbing and dry-tooling. Isa was a great guide and shared her knowledge with enthusiasm, fun and feminine sweetness :) I recommend her!
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