Mountaineering course: preparation for big outings

Duration : 4 days

France, Northern Alps, Italy, Alps

Level : having done a basic course

from 700 € / p. 2 persons

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Description

I propose you a more advanced technical training course to allow you to pass a first big step necessary for future beautiful outings in the high mountains.

The aim is to improve your technical skills in rock climbing and mixed ice climbing and then open the doors to top level outings.

With a mountain guide you will practice even more and at a more difficult level rock climbing with and without crampons, crampon technique on steep slopes and ridges of snow or ice. The ascent of a more technical 4000m, the Castor (4228m), is planned in this course.

Program

D1: Meet at 8.30 am at the scheduled location. Climbing in Val Ferret - Courmayeur. Day dedicated to multi pitch rock climbing on cliff. The planned routes are slab routes, where the foot technique is fundamental for a correct progression. We will also do abseiling descents and see the belay systems for the progression on rock. At the end of the afternoon, organisation of the following day.

D2: Departure around 8.30am for the crossing of the Marbled Aiguilles (3535m) by the ridges (outing rated "quite difficult", climbing 2° / 3° degree). Walking time: about 3 to 5 hours.
Organisation of the next day.

D3: Ascent to the Quintino Sella hut (3585m) in the Monte Rosa massif.
Departure from Courmayeur at around 9am and transfer to Gressoney-La-Trinité in Staffal. Lift up to the Bettaforca then we will reach the refuge in 3h / 3h30 following the path. Organisation of the following day. Stay in ½ boarding in the refuge.

D4: Ascent of the Castor (4228m) by its normal route. Departure from the refuge at around 6am to climb the Felik glacier up to the eponymous pass and then follow the thin snowy ridge to the summit. Return to the refuge at around 11am / 11.30am by the same route, descent in the afternoon and return to Courmayeur where the course ends and where we will make an assessment.
Indicative walking time from 7 to 8 am depending on your training.

Technical content of the course:

  • Rock climbing on multi pitch routes.
  • Rope handling and safety systems on rock.
  • Safety system and progression on mixed routes.
  • Safety system and progression on snow/ice routes and even on ridges.
  • Crevasse and rock face rescue rope hauling.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain guide.
  • Accomodation in Quintino Sella hut (excluding drinks and hot water for the outings).
  • Insurance.

The price does not include

  • Anything not specified in "The price includes".

Accommodation

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