• Trip duration
    5 days
  • Trip level
    Intermediate
  • Max people per guide
    4 people
  • Mountain range
    Alps
  • Best period
    Jan, Feb

Description

Loose rocky chutes become frozen couloirs, revealing routes for us to follow…

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.

During this winter program, I will be happy to teach you the following things:

– 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 by 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 !

Price per person

1 Person1500EUR
Group of 2800EUR
Group of 3560EUR
Group of 4450EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Group equipment

Extras

Meeting point

Chamonix

More info

Accommodation, ski lifts and picnics are not included on the price