Alpine Climbing Essentials
  • Alpine
  • 3 Days
  • 3 People to 1 instructor

Alpine Climbing Essentials

  • Climb
  • Mountaineering
  • Intermediate


Breath-taking Chamonix is the location for this three day course - it's superbly well equipped for all levels from novice through to expert. Whether you're an experienced climber or mountaineer visiting the Alps for the first time, or a budding Alpinist with a desire to refresh your skills, this action packed three days will move you up to the next level. You'll get all the guidance and reassurance you need whilst covering the fundamental skills and techniques required in the unique Alpine environment. We'll get you moving with confidence over rock, ice and glaciers. Our experienced IFMGA Mountain Guides will happily let you pick their brains for advice about your future plans, matching your aspirations and ability to the perfect routes.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

To teach alpine mountaineering skills and develop understanding and judgement of alpine terrain and hazard avoidance. Key points covered are;

  • equipment;
  • route planning;
  • navigation;
  • guidebook interpretation;
  • understanding route grades and guidebook timings;
  • glacier travel; crevasse rescue;
  • moving together;
  • descent techniques;
  • protection:
  • snow anchors,
  • ice anchors,
  • rock anchors,
  • fixed gear;
  • acclimatising; pace;
  • hazard avoidance;
  • bivouacking;
  • using huts.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

Day One

Equipment check and ecole de glace (use of ice axe, crampons, snow and ice anchors, glacier travel, crevasses rescue) on a glacier

Day Two

Ecole de roche (scrambling/climbing skills, ropework and rock anchors, moving together techniques), overnight bivouacking and huts

Day Three

Ascend an alpine peak practicing all techniques learnt, then return to the valley.

Experience Required

Some experience of mountaineering and/or climbing in the UK in summer and winter, where basic ropework and snowcraft has been learnt.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

Instruction, coaching and equipment hire are all included. You'll need to buy lift passes locally when you get there. Whilst this course doesn't include accommodation or meals, our meeting point on the first day, the Yeti Lodge (75 Domain du Chantey, Rue du Plagnolet, Argentiere, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France) provides a warm welcome to B&B or half board guests. Please contact them for details of prices and availability.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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This course will help you become

You'll be a confident mountaineer ready to get out and climb your first Alpine peaks.

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COVID-19Due to the current Covid-19 situation, all courses scheduled to take place up to and including Friday 19 February 2021 have been cancelled in line with lockdown restrictions.