The Best Classic Routes
“Due to the length and seriousness of the classic-routes involved, a number of peaks in the Alps are only guided at 1:1. Some of the most sought after summits and popular climbs are shown in the Day by Day."
The routes on these peaks are all difficult and serious undertakings, so you need to be both fit, sufficiently experienced and ready for the challenge.
Great quality snow/ice and mixed routes are on the agenda for this high energy of technical alpine climbing. With thousands of routes to go at in the west Alps and excellent uplift facilities, Courmayeur makes the perfect venue to really test your alpine skills.”
Two or more days in the mountain
From March through September depending on mountain conditions.
FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED
Please contact us for a quote so we can discuss the route and conditions with you in more detail.
Day 0 - Sun
Travel to Courmayeur, to arrive in time for the Evening Briefing.
Your guide will run through safety routines and kit checks, as well as hand out rental equipment for the week, before we go on to a detailed discussion of everyones ambitions for the week, together with the current weather and mountain conditions and how these affect our planning. We’ll also have maps and guidebooks to show you, so if you’ve any further questions or last minute requests, then this is the ideal time to bring them up before we head on to dinner.
Day 1 - Mon
6.00am – 4.00pm: Acclimatisation Climb. Ascent of a quality high mountain route and brush up of mountaineering skills.
Typical outings might include a mixed or ridge route. Where appropriate we may use this day for a hut approach, doing some relevant skills training/refreshment en route. Acclimatisation routes are chosen with our plans for the rest of the program in mind – so depending on weather and conditions, we may stay in a mountain hut over night or return to the valley.
This day you’ll need a packed lunch, as we’ll be out all day.
From Day 2 - to Day....
Snow-ice and Mixed Mountaineering itinerary in the west Alps.
A varied and challenging week of technical alpine climbing, tailored to your ability and ambitions. Our guides select some of the highest quality climbs in the range, to make best use of weather and conditions. Typical objectives might include:
– Mont Maudit Kuffner ridge
– Breithorn Traverse
– Lyskamm Traverse
– Bernina Biancograt ridge 4049m.
– Gran Paradiso north face.
– Grandes Jorasses normal route.
– Aiguille Verte normal route.
– Mont Blanc west spur.
Climbing Conditions on Ice and Mixed Routes – please note that for ice and mixed climbing (especially in couloirs and on face routes) cooler weather and good climbing conditions are essential. If face routes are not possible, then we can usually climb good quality mixed ridge routes or other good alternatives.
After a night of well-deserved rest, departure from Courmayeur for your destination.