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Fournel Valley, French Alps, Guided Ice Climbing

Fournel valley

IFMGA certified mountain guide Damien wants to guide for an exciting day of ice climbing in the beautiful Fournel valley in the French Alps.

Not specified

Alps

1 Day

Jan, Feb, Dec

Fit

Intermediate


Description

The Fournel valley in the Rhones-Alpes region of France is a wonderful place to visit. The natural landscape is gorgeous. The entire area is a wonder, and in the winter, with everything draped in fresh snow, it appears even more magical. And on this day trip, you will have the chance to scale one of the valley's frozen ice falls!

Ice climbing can be a strenuous activity. Hence why participants should be in good physical condition. It is also a big advantage if you have some previous climbing experience as well. However, if you are just getting your foot into the ice climbing door, you can still enjoy this trip. Because there is a variety of ice falls in the Fournel valley, including the Hirochima ice fall, there is something for everybody.

At the trip's onset, there will be plenty of attention given to checking the equipment. I will also make sure you are familiar with every piece of equipment and how to properly use it. After that, we will start ice climbing.

Scaling frigid ice falls, especially in a place as beautiful as the Fournel valley, is an exercise in duality. On one hand, it can be very peaceful and relaxing, but on the other hand, it is also absolutely thrilling, as you will your body to make it to the top. It is because of this duality, I find ice climbing so incredible.

So if you want to enjoy a day of ice climbing in the French valley of Fournel, just send me a request. I would be happy to guide you.

And if you want to ice climb in another area of France, I can also take you on this day trip in Ceillac.

Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

EUR 330 Each

Group of 2

EUR 165 Each

Group of 3

EUR 110 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price does include a helmet and harness, but does not include equipment such as crampons, ice axe and shoes; however, those items can rented.


Details

Meeting point

Fournel

About the guide

I'm a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide from Les Hautes Alpes. I'm based very close to the National Park of Queyras.
I was born in a farm in Haute Savoie. I grew up with cows and when I was 1 1/2 years old, I climbed my first mountain...Nooo, I'm just kidding !
I come from Paris and I actually started sailing before mountaineering. I studied in a business school and I realized few years later that actually, my passion was not to sit behind a computer all day but to guide friends and clients in the mountains.
I now live in Les Hautes Alpes and I'll be happy to bring you up there and let you live an unique time. So please contact me and let's start planning a mountain trip you would like to do, during the winter or the summer, for 1/2 or several days !

Languages

French | English

Residence

Saint Crespin, Les Hautes Alpes


What people are saying about Damien Fontaine

Sloane Roeser

5.00

January, 2018

Damien was super helpful in giving us info on the area, and a great guide for ice climbing! He kept it really fun and just challenging enough so that we all had an amazing experience! The guided ice climbing was so much fun! Such a beautiful and rare opportunity. I would highly recommend it!

Valerie

5.00

March, 2017

Mon fils Maxime est revenu enchanté de sa journée hors-pistes avec Damien : « Trop Cooooool » furent ses premiers mots en rentrant au chalet J ! Cette journée fut une totale découverte pour lui, puisqu’il n’avait jamais expérimenté le vrai hors-piste. Très belle expérience pour lui, et malgré la fatigue au retour, il en redemandera, c’est certain. Merci à Damien pour cette journée que Maxime n’est pas prêt d’oublier !

Affi

5.00

March, 2017

Journée de ski rando au top dans le Vallon et Col du Crachet...une découverte pour moi...mais quelle expérience positive...? ...me voilà "addict"...merci Damien ? ...

Laurent

5.00

March, 2017

Petite journée de ski rando dans le vallon du Crachet, puis Col du Crachet (col de Vars). Temps magnifique, 20cm de poudreuse tombée la veille. Bref des conditions idéales. Damien s’est parfaitement adapté au groupe (certains ayant déjà fait des raids à ski, d’autres étant débutants). Une montée à allure modérée mais constante. Tout au long de la progression, Damien nous parle des sommets avoisinants, des vallées adjacentes,... Des tours & autres raids possibles dans des endroits plus sauvages, moins fréquentés, ... Je suis maintenant incollable sur la Barre de la Pisse ou des sommets de l’Eyssina, qui avoisinent tous les 3000m d’altitude. Nous avons aussi fait des exercices pour détecter des victimes en cas d’avalanche. Des petits rappels toujours très utiles... Damien est vraiment quelqu’un d’ouvert, gentil et toujours à l’écoute des membres du groupe. Je n’hésiterai pas à refaire appel à ses services !

Pascal

5.00

March, 2017

Nous avons passé une très belle journée avec Damien, il faut dire que la météo de la veille et du jour nous ont bien aidés. Le choix du lieu de la rando était excellent et même si la forme physique du groupe n’a pas permis d’aller très loin, j’en ai bien profité. Damien est aussi un excellent pédagogue qui m’a encore appris pas mal de chose malgré de longues années de pratique. Bref à l’année prochaine, pour quelques couloirs, je l’espère ! Bien à vous, Pascal




 

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