ICE CLIMBING

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ICE CLIMBING

Try it once in your life

Still little known to the general public, these ice paths are waiting to be climbed !
By climbing these ice falls you will be transported to another world for a day or a weekend. In fact it is not so hard. You will not need and mountaineering knowledge, the ice tracks offer easy climbs but also challenging ascents for the more courageous.

DAY – Chamonix, Cogne or Contamines

Initiation: Try to climb on water ice !
1 day – price starting from 95 € / person
technical level : **
physical level : *

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.

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ICEFALL WEEKEND

/ For a moment out of time
Two levels : from beginner to good level
2 days – price starting from 200 € / person
technical level : **
physical level : **

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… )

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SESSION – Few days to the mecca of the icefalls, Cogne

Experience great moments in this ice paradise.
5 days – price starting from 480 € / person
technical level : **
physical level : ***

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 !

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SESSION ICE CLIMBING AUTONOMY

Teaching my knowledge, my mountain job
/ 5 days – price starting from 480 € / person
technical level : ***
physical level : ***

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.

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SCOTLAND : A trip on the Ben Nevis

What else… you will remember !!
9 days – price starting from 800 € / person (4 people max)
technical level : ***
physical level : ****

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!

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France : The Big ice falls, around Mont Blanc

The winter mountain
From 1 to 3 days – price starting from 170 € / person (2 people max)
technical level : **
physical level : ***

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.

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