CHAMONIX CLIMBING

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“An Alpinist is one who takes his body to a place his eyes once gazed upon” Gaston Rebuffat

“An Alpinist is one who takes his body to a place his eyes once gazed upon” Gaston Rebuffat

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Chamonix Climbing

Chamonix is the birth-place of alpinism and modern day mountaineering. This Chamonix Climbing trip takes you to the best quality Intermediate alpine climbs in the Chamonix valley. This trip is essentially day trips with the easy access to the mountains in Chamonix. You can expect to spend one night in a mountain hut. The other evenings you get to relax in our comfortable chalet in Chamonix.

The routes on this trip are fun alpine routes with rock, ridge and snow climbing. We’ll use mountain boots, crampons and rock climbing shoes. You’ll use a full range of techniques and learn new skills along the way. Discover what Chamonix is all about, top quality climbing in amazing positions.

Some examples of routes we do in Chamonix Climbing trips:

The trip is always adapted to the group’s capabilities, the week starts fairly easily and builds in intensity.

Sample Itinerary

Arrive at your accommodation, meet your guide and get information about the following days. Enjoy the first evening in the mountains.

Accommodation

You can choose your accommodation and splash out or stay in a tent. It’s completely up to you. Our recommended accommodation in Chamonix, Chalet Les Pelerins. In the mountain we will stay in catered mountain huts in dormitory style rooms.

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The living room in chalet Les Pelerins.

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The chalet Les Pelerins, recommended Chamonix Valley accommodation.

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Mountain hut: Refuge d’Argentiere

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FAQ

We will mail you an equipment list on booking. Ask us if you have any specific questions.

Are these activities risky?

Studies done by the Swiss on annual risk of death in mountain sports compared to annual risk of death in road transport in Switzerland came up with the following conclusions:

  • High Mountain Sports ≈ 2 × the risk of death in road transport
  • Rock Climbing ≈ risk of death in road transport
  • Ski Touring ≈ risk of death in road transport
  • Mountain Hiking ≈ 5 × less risk of death compared to road transport

(Extract from ‘Sports de montagne d’hiver’ © 2005 Edition du CAS) 

A professionally qualified Mountain Guide will try to keep the risks down to what our guides associations consider to be socially acceptable risk levels. We carefully consider the conditions, terrain, group capabilities and aptitudes. We work to reduce the consequences of an accident (e.g. Avalanche transceivers) and build redundancy into our systems (e.g. 2 points on a rock climbing belay)

However, this does not eliminate the risk! Like driving your car, there are residual risks even if your car is serviced, you drive within the laws and take due care, you can still have a mortal accident.

The mountains are not a controlled environment, there are objective dangers. i.e. Seracs, Avalanches, Rock Fall and more.

Responsibility

Anyone considering participation in these activities must understand that these are adventure sports with real risks.  You must take responsibility for your own participation.

Generally it is possible to still have a good day in the mountains when the weather is bad or conditions aren’t optimal.

Skiing in average snow conditions is part of high mountain skiing and often we learn a lot in average snow conditions. We don’t cancel or refund due to snow conditions.

Climbing and Mountaineering courses will always run regardless of the weather or conditions. We will do our best to find appropriate routes for the conditions. We can train skills, do a hut approach, or occasionally indoor climbing if the weather is very bad.

We can’t offer a refund due to injured participants. We recommend a good travel insurance that covers such eventualities.

If you felt a guide went out of their way and gave you a great experience, a tip is much appreciated. Guides don’t expect tips and understand that it’s easier for some guests to offer a tip than for others.

It’s good to keep track of where you are on the mountain. Ask the guide questions so as to take an active role in the team and understand where you’re going.

In case of an accident of any kind always think about keeping yourself safe first and then take your time to consider secondary action.

Call: 112 in Europe

Tell the rescuers where you are, what happened, how many victims there are, what the weather is like there. They will generally guide the questioning. Keep calm and speak in short clear sentences.

Often the guide will carry a radio for rescue.

If you have a victim remember: Airway, Breathing, Recovery Position

Then very important: the COLD will put an injured person into a hypothermic state very quickly. Protect them from the elements.

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Make your own adventure in the Alps

  • As many days as you like

    Let us know how many days you have and what you’d like to do in the mountains and we’ll build a program together.

  • As hard or as easy as you like

    We can arrange everything from short hikes to climbing some of the toughest routes in Europe to skiing the best descents.

  • From €400 per day + expenses

    Price depends on activity, route and number of participants. Contact us to customise your trip.

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