It’s been a busy season in the Alps so far with courses almost every week from Chamonix Alpine Introductory courses to Mont Blanc and Matterhorn summits.
Our Alpine courses are a great way to build your skills, from the basics of crampon and ice axe use to glacial travel, rope skills, rocky scrambling and getting over 4000m as a good grounding for some of our other expeditions. If you already have some Alpine experience, our 4000m Peaks courses take you on some fantastic Alpine journeys including some of the finest climbs Switzerland has to offer. Courses run between June and mid-September – book early to secure huts and guides. Find out more about our Alpine courses here
Here’s a round up of some of the highlights so far..
Chamonix Alpine Intro, 15th June – Christine and Simon with Massimo, including skills training on the glacier en route to the Albert Premier hut, Aiguille du Tour, Tete Blanche east ridge, multipitch rock climbing in the valley, Pointe Lachenal traverse, and part of the Arete des Cosmiques.
Chamonix Alpine Intro, 22nd June – Malc, David, Richard and Tristan with Andrea and Massimo, including essential skills training, a climb of the Aiguille du Tour, Tete Blanche east ridge from the Trient hut, Petite Fourche, multipitch rock climbing on the Dalle de Cheserys, Mont Blanc du Tacul, an early morning climb of the Cosmiques ridge and some rock climbing in the valley.
Mont Blanc extension, 17th July – Richard and Jonny climb Mont Blanc with Guido, followed by a traverse of the Aiguille d’Entreves, good training for the Matterhorn next year
Mont Blanc week, 27th July – Ben and Luke with Massimo, a mixed week of weather but some good climbs of the Tete Blanche, Petite Fourche and Mont Blanc.
Matterhorn and Eiger, 3rd August – Luke with Guido. Two fantastic summits
Alpine Intro Chamonix, 10th August – Mark and Thomas with Massimo, Skills at the Trient hut, Aiguille du Tour, rock climbing on the Brevent, Rifugio Gniffetti, Ludwigshohe, 4341m, Blamenhorn.
Gran Paradiso Alpine Intro, 24th August – Trevor and Daniel with Phil
Alice has travelled extensively including trekking in Nepal, Morocco, Tanzania, South Africa and Peru. She is a keen rock climber and mountain biker and loves to be out in the Lakes whenever she can. Alice organises our Treks and Alpine Courses, and is responsible for all of our School groups.