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Ice climbing initiation in the Pyrenees-Bielsa

Join Martin, a local IFMGA certified mountain guide in this 2-day ice climbing initiation course in the amazing icefalls of Bielsa, in the Pyrenees.




2 Days






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I am happy to offer you this ice climbing initiation course in the Pyrenees-Bielsa region!

Welcome to a course where you will learn the ice climbing basic techniques of progression and safety. I will teach you how to ascend by frozen waterfalls with the technique of piolet traction.

This initiation course takes place in the region of the Pyrenees-Bielsa. It’s perfect for people who want to venture into the world of vertical and mixed ice. Moreover, you won’t need any prior experience. Having a basic fitness condition is more than enough.

When winter comes to the Pyrenees-Bielsa region it’s time to sharpen the piolet! The most amazing waterfalls that during the year go down noisily, in winter they get frozen and allow us to climb them.

By the end of the course you will be able to climb a one-way ice path with autonomy. And of course, I will be there to help you achieve it!

Here you can see the content of the course, in which you will learn:

  • Use of technical equipment and clothing;

  • Progression techniques with piolet, ice axes and crampons;

  • Types of crampons; 

  • Adapting strategies and tactics to each activity;

  • Rope and safety chain;

  • Knots, anchoring and assembly of ice unions;

  • Rappelling and how to abandon an ice path;

  • Sharpening of piolets and crampons.

So, contact me for further information or if you want to enroll in the course. I have no doubt that the Pyrenees-Bielsa is the perfect area to practice this fascinating activity!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Personal insurance

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


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Let me share a list of the necessary material you must bring with you:

Winter Mountain Clothing (thermal underwear, 2 pairs of socks, polar fleece or similar jacket and pants); Cap; 2 pairs of gloves; Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm; Leggings; Mountain boots; 30-40 liters backpack Some mountain snacks (bars, cheese, sausage, chocolate) Crampons; Piolets; Helmet: 2 safety carabiners; 5 meters of rope (6 mm). 

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About the guide: Martin

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Mountain Guide

Martin Elorza Alday (Donostia,Basque country,1967)
Although I was born near the sea, I started very young to enjoy the nearby mountains.
This hobby gradually become a passion, which led me to be a UIAGM Mountain Guide
To share and trasnmitir everything the mountain had given me.
During several years I have been practicing my passions:
Traveling all over the world,mountaineering, climbing and skiing.
. Actually I’m a full profesional High Mountain Guide UIAGM
Since 2000 I lead my own clients around the world as a freelancer Mountain Guide.
. I have take part in many expeditions to The Alps, atlas (Morocco),Andes (South America) and Himalaya,
I’ love showing the Pyrenees to all peolple who likes mountaing:all the year.
In Winter,ski touring is my especiality, but in summer, rock climbing in Pyrenees is amazing!
I would like to guide you till de top of Mont Blanc, Matterhorn (Alps),Monte Perdido and Aneto (Pyrenees), Naranjo de Bulnes (Picos de Europa) and other mountains.

You can contact me and know what others activities we can do together


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What people are saying about Martin



We had the best time ever, what a stunning place Silvretta is, I'm in love! Martin was utterly brilliant, relaxed but professional - keeping us safe at all times. We will definitely return, so many mountain's to climb, glaciers to ski and huts to drink beer in! Thank you all so very much. Love to all xx



Although weather prevented 100% completion, Martin was great and had a couple of great alternatives. We had a great trip!



Martin provided us with a challenging weekend that stretched and developed our skiing a lot. He was very responsive to our feedback tailoring the programme as we went. Would absolutely book him again.


Impresionante Martin....te hace alcanzar lo inalcanzable, con una sensación de seguridad increible. Un gran profesional



Martin was incredible! From the pre trip preparations to managing all logistics while there - he made sure I had everything I needed, taught me alot, and importantly kept me safe! He truly provided a first class adventure.

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