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Freissinieres, French Alps, Guided Ice Climbing

Freissinieres ice climbing

IFMGA certified mountain guide Damien wants to lead you on a full day ice climbing expedition in the lovely French commune of Freissinieres in the Alps.

Not specified


1 Day

Jan, Feb, Dec




Freissinieres is positioned like a hidden gem in the Hautes-Alpes region of France. Located within a large valley, this  commune rests in between a great deal of beautiful natural sights. There is a dense forest on one side, and rocky landscape on the other. There are rivers and lakes that include Faravel and Palluel. And there are several peaks looming above, including Felix Neff (3,243m), Petit Pinier (3,100m) and the Grand Pinier (3,117m).

To put it simply, Freissinieres is a beautiful place.

And the purpose of this trip is to give you the chance to enjoy a full day of ice climbing in that beautiful place.

There are a number of ice falls in Freissinieres that form in the winter months. Each one is wonderfully unique, and presents its own challenges and thrills. The advantage of that kind of variety is that we will get to figure out exactly which ice fall will suit you best, based on your skill level, fitness level, and wishes. But regardless of what you choose, throughout the day, you will get to scale a beautiful ice fall. And whenever you look around, you will also get to marvel at the spectacular scenery that Freissinieres has to offer.

I will make sure that your experience is enjoyable from start to finish. I will also make sure that you feel safe at all times. And finally, I will do my best to try to teach you all I can, so your next ice climbing adventure will be even better!

So send me a request, and let me guide on an ice climbing adventure in the lovely French commune of Freissinieres.

I offer several other ice climbing adventures in the Hautes-Alpes region of France. They include this trip at La Grave, this trip at Ceilac, and this trip at Briancons, which is designed for beginners.

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.


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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 !


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What people are saying about Damien Fontaine

Sloane Roeser


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!



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 !



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 ? ...



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 !



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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