Find the most perfect climbing routes in a great winter ice climbing program in Chamonix. Guiding by Sebastien, an IFMGA certified and experienced guide.
Winter ice climbing in Chamonix… finding and climbing the most perfect routes to the top, is a challenge that you previously only dreamed achieving.
My Chamonix ice climbing week not only gives you a taste of the ice climbing world, but sets you up to go exploring the winter routes by yourself….
This week is addressed to the ones practicing already the winter mountaineering or ice fall climbing and wishing to go to the next level. We will go climbing together Ice Gullies which might seem to you inaccessible. You will learn to tame a wild environment.
– Develop your skills on snow, ice and snow and rock (“mixed”)
– Learn to belay and lead
– Use efficiently the safety equipment on this terrain (including ice screws, nuts, ice axe etc )
– Evaluate Ice and Snow conditions
Here is an example of program, which might change based on the weather conditions and also on your level, timing and wishes.
– DAY 1: Creamery Glacier Icefall, 70m – Grade III+
Meeting in Chamonix at 9am. Then, we continue to the foot of Argentiere Glacier. At this time we will learn how to use crampons and ice axes in high altitudes. Climbing an ice cascade of 70m.
– DAY 2: Icefall of EMHM, 110m – Grade IV
Located on the left side of Argentiere Glacier, this waterfall offers incredible views. We will try some mixed climbing (rock and ice).
– DAY 3: Arveyron Gorges Ice climbing, 50m – Grade III to V
The Arveyron gorges are situated in a magical setting. Further, the ice is very sculpted. So we will practice the technique known as “hooking”, climb just putting the ice axes in holes.
– DAY 4: Mini Couloir Icefall, 60m – Déferlante Icefall 40m / Grade IV
For this day, we will discover two beautiful icefalls situated on the right side of Argentiere Glacier. Each icefall offers varied climbing options.
– DAY 5: Troulèro Icefall, 190m – Grade IV+
At least, the last day, we will move to the Black water Valley of Switzerland at 2km from the borderline. We will enjoy incredible climbs and traverse through amazing passes. Finally, we return to Chamonix. End of the trip.
If you are interested in such great adventure, please get in touch with me. It will be my pleasure to guide you during that week and teach you the necessary skills allowing you to reach the next level!
- Guiding fee
The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).
Accommodation, ski lifts and picnics are not included in the price.
IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guide -
Sébastien is originally from Toulon. Before he dedicated his time fully to his passion, mountaineering, he has completed a degree in Alpine Geography.
His thirst for adventure took him from countries such as Turkey and Peru to the high mountains of Pakistan .
Since 2000, he work as a Mountain Guide in Chamonix, La Clusaz and all over the world.
French | English
SNGM | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA
Gained skills and confidence in ice climbing, as well as some mountaineering skills. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and supportive. Look forward to working with Seb again.
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