La Grave, France, Guided Ice Climbing

Damien, an IFMGA certified mountain guide wants to take you on a full day ice climbing adventure in the beautiful ski resort town of La Grave in France.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1+ day

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    In the Hautes-Alpes area of France, there are many beautiful ski resorts to visit, especially in the winter. One of the nicest places however, and where we will go on this trip is La Grave. This small commune that has a population of less than 500 people rests underneath the majestic La Meije mountain (3,982m).

    While La Grave is stunning to look at, it is also quite famous for its ice climbing, which we will be enjoying on this day trip. There are several different ice falls to choose from, ranging in height from 100 to 300 metres. They also range in difficulty as well. There are less taxing ice falls like La Gorge, and more difficult ones that are perfect for experts looking for a real challenge, like Diabolobite.

    Before we choose which ice fall to climb, based on your level and desires, we will perform an equipment check. Once we reach the ice fall and start climbing, you will learn as you climb. You will practice skills that include learning how to properly utilise your equipment, how to properly position yourself on the ice fall, and much more.

    Ice climbing in La Grave is unforgettable. And on this trip, my intention is for you to not only enjoy every minute of it, but to also learn as much as possible. So if you want to indulge in a memorable experience, please send me a request. It would be my pleasure to guide you.

    Are you an ice climbing beginner looking for an experience in the Hautes-Alpes area that is geared just for you? If that is the case, I can also guide you on this half day ice climbing trip in Briancons.

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    Price per person, per day

     
    Group of 1
    330 EUR

    Group of 2
    165 EUR

    Group of 3
    110 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     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.
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    La Grave

     

    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

     

    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!
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    Sloane Roeser
    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 !
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    Valerie
    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 ? ...
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    Affi
    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 !
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    Laurent
     

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