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Alpine Essentials

Course Overview

Three action packed days covering the fundamental skills and techniques you need to make the most of your time in the Alps.
Whether you are an experienced climber or mountaineer coming to the Alps for the first time or a budding Alpinist looking to refresh your skills, you'll get all the guidance and reassurance you need.
Over three days you'll tackle the Alpine issues of moving over rock, ice and glaciers covering the essential skills that the unique Alpine environment calls for.
Along the way you'll have time discuss your future plans with our Guides using their advice to match your aspirations and ability to the perfect routes.


Ratio:Normally 1 instructor : 4 participants

Stu McAleese explains all about this course here.

Experience Required

enough climbing and mountaineering to know that Alpinism is the next step.

NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £435



Scheduled Dates

blackBlack = Open for booking

blackGreen = Guaranteed to run (additional places are limited please email to enquire)

blackRed = Course fully booked

 

02 - 04 Jul 2017

05 - 07 Jul 2017




Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?



Perfect if you are already out in Chamonix and keen to get into alpinism



Course Content



Over 3 days you'll look at everything you need to know to take your first steps into alpinism including moving over rock, ice and glaciers, safety and ropework. you'll also be able to discuss your further aspirations with your guide and get their advice and input.


If you need to borrow any equipment form Plas y Brenin, please download and fill in this equipment loan form and return it to us striaght away.

The Meeting Point on the first day of the course is the Yeti Lodge in Chamonix. We will meet there 8.30am on the first day of the course at the Yeti Lodge (Argentiere).

Address: Yeti Lodge, Domaine de Chantey, Route du Plagnolet, 74400 Argentiere, Chamonix Mont Blanc

Directions

If you are driving from Chamonix, don't take the road to the Grand Montets ski lift; continue left, over the bridge, heading to Argentière on the main road. After 500 metres you will see the school on the right. Turn left into "Le Domaine de Chantey Mourry" after the school, almost opposite the Hotel Montana (look for Yeti Lodge sign). Once in the Domaine de Chantey Mourry, keep to the right, YETI LODGE is the largest chalet at the end of the road. Private parking is available.

If parking is limited, they will direct you to the Grands Montets car park, a short walk from the chalet.

Contact telephone numbers for Yeti Lodge:
Cheri (Manager) + 33 (0) 6 77 94 20 10

In case of no answer on the above number:
Bob + 33 (0) 6 71 09 54 72



What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Instruction/coaching
    Equipment hire


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:



Accommodation For This Course

Non Residential

This course does not include any accommodation or meals.

The Meeting Point on the first day of the course is the Yeti Lodge in Chamonix. We will meet there 8.30am on the first day of the course at the Yeti Lodge (Argentiere). Yeti Lodge can provide B&B or half board if you need accommodation in the area - please contact them for details of prices and availability.

Address: Yeti Lodge, Domaine de Chantey, Route du Plagnolet, 74400 Argentiere, Chamonix Mont Blanc

Directions

If you are driving from Chamonix, don't take the road to the Grand Montets ski lift; continue left, over the bridge, heading to Argentiere on the main road. After 500 metres you will see the school on the right. Turn left into "Le Domaine de Chantey Mourry" after the school, almost opposite the Hotel Montana (look for Yeti Lodge sign). Once in the Domaine de Chantey Mourry, keep to the right, YETI LODGE is the largest chalet at the end of the road. Private parking is available.

If parking is limited, they will direct you to the Grands Montets car park, a short walk from the chalet.

Contact telephone numbers for Yeti Lodge:
Cheri (Manager) + 33 (0) 6 77 94 20 10

In case of no answer on the above number:
Bob + 33 (0) 6 71 09 54 72

follow this link for more details





What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Clothing

(to cope with hot sun on glaciers, as well as cold snowy conditions):


  • Thermal tops

  • Light trousers

  • Fleece tops

  • Good quality socks (lots of)

  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers*

  • Gaiters*

  • Gloves and a spare set

  • Warm Hat

  • Sun hat

  • Mountaineering boots*

  • Rock shoes*

Mountaineering kit


  • Crampons + anti-balling plates*

  • Ice axe*

  • Ice hammer*

  • Helmet*

  • Harness*

  • Belay device*

  • 4 Screw gate karabiners*

  • 2 Snap link karabiners*

  • 1 x 8ft sling (120cm)*

  • 2 prussic loops*

  • 1 ice screw (if you have one)

  • Pulley & Wild country Ropeman (useful)

Miscellaneous


  • Head torch (spare batteries)

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • Maps (Chamonix, Massif Du Mont Blanc - 3630 OT)

  • Good Quality Sun Glasses - Cat 4

  • Sun Cream/Lip Salve (Factor 30+)

  • Water Bottle (at least 1 litre)

  • Camera

  • Blister kit/small first aid kit

  • Lunch snacks & emergency food

  • European Health Insurance Card

  • Passport

  • Copy of insurance

  • Reciprocal Rights Card (if you have one)

  • 40-50 ltr rucksack with axe attachments (to put it all in)*

  • Towel

*These items are available to loan, please ensure if you would like to loan any of these items you return your equipment loan form to us. Download your equipment loan form here.





Customer Reviews For This Course

Amazing introduction to alpinism

Alice Willson

We went on the Alpine Essentials course after being bitten by the mountaineering bug on the PYB Winter climbing course. We had some climbing experience and quite a lot of walking experience, and the course was perfect for introducing alpine specific skills (glacier crossing, rope work, how to plan a route to a summit etc). Our instructors (Dave Rudkin and Rob Spencer) were absolutely fantastic; very knowledgable and experienced, but also relaxed and made the course really fun. Following the course the instructors were enthusiastic about helping us to plan routes, so we went on to do several of our own summits using our new found skills. I'd definitely recommend this course!


How to avoid epics.

Simon Longley

I decided to do this course after having a long 8 year lay off from Alpine climbing due to having children come along. Now in my late 30's I thought maybe it was time I learnt how to do the alpine thing properly and stop some of the epics that seemed to characterise my earlier trips.
This course was perfect to review skills I had half forgotten such as glacier travel, crevasse rescue and moving together over mixed ground. But more important were the numerous little small pointers I picked up along the way on things like how to minimise faff in the early hours of the morning when setting off for your climb and moving efficiently as a team during the day. All these types of things taken individually appear inconsequential but when added up together mean the difference between having a good day finishing with a cold beer and a smile in the valley as opposed to flogging down some horrible gully in the dark wondering how anyone finishes the climb in the time stated in the guide book!


Fully packed 3 alpine days

Rich M

A fantastic indoctrination to those elements particular to Alpine climbing, and set in a resort particularly well equipped for both the novice and modestly experienced through to expert. I enjoyed the course content, which built on prior experiences, and was relayed in a structure and pace that was readily digestible over the full three day duration. The non-residential option was a really good opportunity to see the resort through your own looking glass, and including the mountain hut stay within the overall price kept things superbly simple. This setup also coerced good bonding in the group, with evening socialising not feeling at all enforced or obligatory. The only critical feedback was supporting information for the all-important rendezvous on day 1, but being a new course this can be easily resolved on subsequent trips.


Don't take your gloves off in a crevass

Bruce Samson

What an amazing course...only 3 days but the amount that was packed in was truely awesome ! Friendly , helpful, funny guides will teach u all u kneed to know to set u on your way!
Straight after the course a mate and i did some exploring by ourselves and felt very at ease

Give it a go you won't regret it...oh and what a setting, Chamonix breathaking

Thanks to all involved ,can't wait to get back x


Glaciers and Alpine fun

T

The course was brilliant, we went up onto two different glaciers and slept in a hut over the course of the three days. We learnt a lot and it gave us the basis to be able to go out on our own as a group without a guide.

The guides were really nice and knowledgeable and the course was great fun




Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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