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.
To teach alpine mountaineering skills and develop understanding and judgement of alpine terrain and hazard avoidance. Key points covered are;
understanding route grades and guidebook timings;
glacier travel; crevasse rescue;
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
Equipment check and ecole de glace (use of ice axe, crampons, snow and ice anchors, glacier travel, crevasses rescue) on a glacier
Ecole de roche (scrambling/climbing skills, ropework and rock anchors, moving together techniques), overnight bivouacking and huts
Ascend an alpine peak practicing all techniques learnt, then return to the valley.
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. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.
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.
Clothing to cope with hot sun on glaciers, as well as cold snowy conditions; mountain boots (B2 or 3), gaiters, lightweight mountain waterproof jacket and over trousers, down or synthetic duvet jacket light, coloured long-sleeved thermal tops, light soft shell trousers, fleece or synthetic insulation mid-layer tops, good quality mountaineering socks (several pairs), light gloves (leather palm), warm gloves, warm hat/ beanie, sun hat. Mountaineering/climbing equipment and other items to bring; rucksack (30-50L with ice axe attachments), climbing helmet, climbing shoes, mountaineering harness, mountaineering axe, 12 point mountaineering crampons, belay plate, 2 ice screws, Petzl Micro Traxion, Tibloc and pulley (useful), 2 prussick loops, 4 screwgate karabiners, 2 snapgate karabiners, 120cm sling, head torch (plus spare batteries), compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended), maps (Chamonix, Massif Du Mont Blanc - 3630 OT), sun glasses (Cat 4 essential), sun cream/lip salve (factor 30+), water bottle (at least 1 litre), camera, small first aid kit, lunch snacks & emergency food, European Health Insurance Card, passport, copy of insurance, Reciprocal Rights Card (if you have one).
Build up mountain fitness with long walks (8 hours+) with a heavy rucksack on rough ground. Go scrambling. Do easy rock climbs in mountain boots. Go winter mountaineering in the UK for confidence with ice axe and crampons. Try different foods and drinks in the mountains to find out what works best for you. Read up on Alpine ropework, glacier travel and crevasse rescue.