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Not far to walk (none at all for Les Contamines), this is a great playground for learning with many choices of difficulty. From Cogne to the Glacier of Argentiere or the artificial ice fall of Les Contamines, we can spend a wonderful day on these ice falls. No need to have a fear of the drop below as we will only be on small ice falls. Thanks to the development and advances in materials this activity is accessible to everyone.
The positive goal : to be able to climb practically all the time on ice falls! Discovering the pleasures of ice climbing.
If the weather is very cold we will climb in the sunshine... just perfect ! If the temperature becomes too warm we have fridges that preserve the ice (not for the Pastis… )
Almost always in good condition from December to the end of March, the valley of Cogne and it's surroundings have some of the most famous ice falls. There are many various choices to climb. From the easiest to the very vertical wall like the "Repentance" or the cigare of "Patry de droite" (which is one of my favourites). Our base camp the comfortable hotel of Barme will ensure your warm and welcoming stay here. A restful night is assured of course with good food ... this is Italy !
You want to improve in the lead or to learn to protect yourself with pins, clutches, pitons, ice lunula. Install a relay in ice or snow, to manage a rope in the slope or to manage your mind… so this session is for you. Every evening a debriefing will be scheduled with an analysis of the day. These 5 days are quite intensive, morally or physically. The security is the main point of the session. To know your guide by your side will reassure you on your progress.
Once you have learnt to climb on ice you can make a trip to Scotland for some big ice falls on Ben Nevis. This must be the Mecca of ice climbing . Well known the routes are never too hard but renowned in Scotland. You have to have enough preparation before setting off on this trip. Good materials and the right mental frame are important!
It is exciting to approach the mountains, on skis or snow shoes to climb an ice corridor. Unlike the ice fall these spurs are a result of the compression of the snow as it slides down the ravines. The belays are in most cases already in place and reduces the technical difficulty we find in winter. Having learnt on the ice waterfall, even only with a little skill it would enable you to approach this type of climb confident and relaxed.