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Mountaineering Grand Courses

Take the challenge of climbing one of the Great Courses. Join Edy, IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this one week mountaineering experience.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration5 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

Join me on the classic Mountaineering Grand Courses, an amazing option for experienced climbers.

During this week, I will guide you across one of the Alpine Grand Courses. First, I will check your skill and ambition in order to select the best circuit. Weather conditions will also be an important factor.

On Sunday, we will meet at Courmayeur. Here, I will provide an evening briefing. I will cover safety routines, kit checks, and hand out rental equipment. I will also listen to any questions and last minute requests you might have. We will also assess the weather conditions for the rest of the week.

On the following day, I will guide you on an acclimatization climb. This will confirm your level of fitness and skills. Then, the real challenge will start.

From Tuesday to Friday, we will go on one of the Grand Courses. Classic options include:

  • Courtes Switzerland route,
  • Aiguille Verte Couturier couloir,
  • Mont Blanc du Tacul Gabarrou-Albioni,
  • and Breithorn north face.

Please note that warm weather and good climbing conditions are essential for ice and mixed climbing.

Last, on Saturday, you will depart from Courmayeur.

Interested in Mountaineering Grand Courses? Contact me for details. Also, interested in other activities? Check out Introduction to ski mountaineering in Courmayeur.

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Accommodation

Hotel - Mountain huts

Meeting point

Courmayeur

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Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival, Courmayeur

  • Evening briefing: safety routines, kit checks, weather conditions assesement, questions
  • Hand out of rental equipment for the week
  • Overnight at the valley

Day 2: Monday - Acclimatization climb

  • Ascent of high quality Alpine route
  • Overnight dependens of the acclimatization route taken: either return to the valley or stay at a mountain hut

Day 3 to 6: Tuesday-Friday - Alpine Grand Courses

  • Selected Alpine route among the different options, depending on weather conditions, ability and ambitions of the climber

Day 7: Saturday - Departure

  • Departure from Courmayeur to specific destination


About the guide

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I was born in 1966. I was an aspirant Mountain Guide from 1986 and a Mountain Guide (IFMGA) as from 1989. In 1988, I joined the Mountain Guides company of Courmayeur, which was the 1st Italian guiding company and the 2nd in the world in 1850. From 1995 to 2001, I had the role of leading guide with as main function the coordination of the work and the promotion of the guiding programs we were organising.
From 1986, I worked in the Mountain Rescue Team of the Aosta Valley. I became a Mountain Rescue Instructor in 2000. As a mountain guide, I practice a lot mountaineering, rock climbing, off-piste skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing, etc.
The past 22 years, I have climbed with my clients many classic routes in the Alps, of mixed, ice and rock; I have climbed the mountains of South America (Aconcagua in Argentina, Cordillera Blanca in Peru, trekking in Torres del Paine in Chile and Fitz Roy in Argentina, the slopes of Alpamayo Pequeno, Sajama, Huayna Potosi, in Illimani Bolivia, Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo in Ecuador). Each year, I keep on travelling the Andes with clients and friends to discover new mountains to satisfy the desire of mountaineering.


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