First steps in mountaineering (Mont-Blanc - Monte Rosa massifs)

Duration : 3 days

France, Northern Alps, Italy, Alps

Level : beginner

from 350 € / p. 3 persons

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Description

Go for three days in the Mont-Blanc massif to learn the first technical notions necessary to begin mountaineering.

The aim is to learn the essential elements for progression on glaciers, on slopes with 40 to 45 degrees of inclination, and for rock climbing, with high-mountain boots and if possible crampons, on maximum difficulties of 2/3rd degree.

I will pass this knowledge on to you through specific exercises and by applying them on the last day of the course when you climb a first 4000m peak in the Monte Rosa massif: the Breithorn (4165m).

Program

D1: Climbing training in Morgex (1240m) in the Aosta valley (Italy).
Appointment at 8.30am at the planned place. Learning of climbing both uphill and downhill, progression techniques with the use of feet and hands, the use of ropes and safety systems. All this with high mountain boots and if possible with crampons.
Around 3pm Organisation of the following day.

D2: Training in crampon progression on the glacier.
With the Skyway cable car in Courmayeur and ascent to the Punta Helbronner (3462m)Learning of crampon progression on glacier, on slopes up to 40 - 45 degrees of inclination when going up and down on snow, and if possible also on ice.
Rope handling and review of the different rope techniques used on a glacier. Application when walking on a glacier. Around 3pm, return to Courmayeur and organisation of the next day.

D3: Ascent of the Breithorn (4165m) by its normal route.
Today we will climb the first 4000m summit located in front of the Matterhorn to apply all the notions acquired the two previous days and understand better their uses. Return to Courmayeur at around 5pm where we will make an assessment of the course.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE:

  • To learn the basics of the knots used in mountaineering.
  • To learn how to progress with crampons on a glacier and on slopes up to 40 - 45 degrees of inclination.
  • To learn how to progress on a glacier roped together.
  • Progression on rock (2nd or 3rd degree difficulty) in high mountain boots.
  • Learning to progress on a rock with a rope.

The price includes

  • Supervision by the mountain guide.
  • Insurance.

The price does not include

  • Anything not mentioned in "The price includes".

Accommodation

  • At your convenience. Do not hesitate to ask for advice concerning accomodation.
Next departures :
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