Summer Skills Courses

Safety and Awareness

Would you like to feel more confident about your decisions when out in the mountains with your friends or gain the skills to take on your planned expedition or route? Summer skills courses for mountaineering and rock climbing are a great way to improve your understanding and ability to manage the dangers in our mountain sports.

Master the vertical world

Rock Climbing Skills

Yosemite, El Capitan, big wall climbing, Mountaineering course, Chamonix ski guide, haute route, chamonix climbing, Chamonix freeride, Chamonix mountain guides, Swiss mountaineering

Learn rock climbing basics from belaying and tying in, to technique on different rock types, to training for sport climbing. Get comfortable multi-pitching, trad climbing or big wall climbing. We’ll also cover planning your climb using topos, maps and other resources as well as risk management and rescue techniques.

We cover some or all of the following depending on your objectives:

  • Rope work and knots
  • Belaying a leader or second
  • Reading terrain and route choice
  • Preparation and tactics for single and multi-pitch climbing
  • Technique on slabs, vertical, overhangs, corners, cracks
  • Mental preparation and focus
  • Fall training and dynamic belaying
  • Building anchors and changeovers on bolts or gear
  • Tactics and efficiency in alpine rock terrain
  • Short pitching, moving together etc.
  • Retreating from a route
  • Abseiling a multi pitch climb
  • Recognizing and minimizing natural hazards and objective dangers
  • Partner rescue in case of an accident

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  • When

    June – November

  • How many people per group

    Guide : Guest ratio: 1:1 to 1:4 depending on itinerary

  • Included

    Communication, advice on preparation

    Guiding

    Technical equipment for group where needed (rope, rock gear etc)

    Guides lift pass

  • Not Included

    Personal equipment: clothing, rock shoes, harness, helmet etc.

    Lift pass / Taxi / Transportation

    Accommodation

  • Price

    From € 400  per day

Master glacier travel

Glacier & Crampon Skills

Strahlhorn, Mountaineering course, Chamonix ski guide, haute route, chamonix climbing, Chamonix freeride, Chamonix mountain guides, Swiss mountaineering

The best way of becoming skillful with your crampons and ice axe for mountaineering is on the dry glacier in the summer time. The waves of ice are not only beautiful but provide the perfect training ground for gaining confidence in the different techniques for walking and climbing on the ice. This will prepare you well for future alpine climbing projects in the mountains as well as being a great day out in nature. You’ll also learn how to use the rope on a glacier and to do partner and self-rescue from a crevasse.

We can a run a 1 or 2 day glacier skills course and it can also be combined with other courses or guiding.

We look at most of or all the following subjects:

  • How to walk and climb efficiently with crampons
  • How to use a classic ice axe in different types of terrain
  • Steep ice climbing with one and then two axes
  • Ice anchors
  • Accessing dry glaciers and the associated dangers
  • Crevasse partner rescue and self rescue

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  • When

    June – November

  • How many people per group

    Guide : Guest ratio: 1:6 maximum

  • Included

    Communication, advice on preparation

    Guiding

    Technical equipment for group where needed (rope, rock gear etc)

    Guides lift pass

  • Not Included

    Personal equipment: clothing, crampons, axe, harness, helmet etc.

    Lift pass / Taxi / Transportation

    Accommodation

  • Price

    From € 400  per day for 3 people.

    € 30 per extra person.

Move efficiently and safely

Ridge Climbing & Rope-Work

Cabaane d'Orny, Switzerland, Mountaineering course, Chamonix ski guide, haute route, chamonix climbing, Chamonix freeride, Chamonix mountain guides, Swiss mountaineering

Mountaineering skill is the art of mastering fluid, efficient movement over potentially dangerous terrain albeit relatively easy from a rock climbing point of view. This requires learning to be good on your feet as well as scrambling. Additionally using the rope and your gear in the right way for the terrain and reading the route. These are some of the hardest skills to master, but very satisfying once you find yourself covering a lot of terrain as safely as possible.

This course is largely done in the terrain as it’s a real case of “practice makes perfect” with these skills. Chamonix or the Valais region of Switzerland work well.

The course covers some of or all the following subjects depending on your experience and objectives:

  • Planning with available resources
  • Moving efficiently on moderate terrain
  • The right equipment for the right route
  • Knots
  • Roping up correctly for the terrain and adapting the rope length
  • Protecting in movement
  • Anchors
  • Lowering or abseiling
  • Reading the terrain
  • Recognising dangers and adapting tactics
  • Getting rescue and accident management

Mail us for more details

  • When

    June – November

  • How many people per group

    Guide : Guest ratio: 1:1 to 1:4 depending on experience and objectives

  • Included

    Communication, advice on preparation

    Guiding

    Technical equipment for group where needed (rope, rock gear etc)

    Guides lift pass

  • Not Included

    Personal equipment: clothing, crampons, axe, harness, helmet etc.

    Lift pass / Taxi / Transportation

    Accommodation

  • Price

    From € 420  per day

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