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AIARE INTRO TO AVALANCHE SAFETY
AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 1
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AIARE AVALANCHE LEVEL 3
DONNER PASS ROCK CLIMBING
YOUTH ROCK CLIMBING CAMP
ROCK CLIMBING SPECIALS
AMGA SPI COURSE
MT. SHASTA CLIMBS
SNOW & ICE CLIMBING
MT. BLANC & MATTERHORN
EVEREST BASECAMP TREK
ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE CRUISE
SPITSBERGEN ARCTIC SKI CRUISE
EUROPEAN HAUTE ROUTE
Technical Difficulty (Class):
Mountain Skill Rating:
Mt. Blanc: 2:1 or 1:1
All huts, hotels, and lifts during the program. Breakfast and dinner while on the mountain. Guide fees.
Does not include:
Meals in town, bottled water, alcohol at the huts, snacks for climbing, climbing equipment and Guide Gratuity.
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide
Mt. Blanc & Matterhorn
MT. BLANC 5 Day
Join ASI and
IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide, Ben Mitchell
for the ultimate European climbing holiday this summer to climb Mt. Blanc and the Matterhorn. The European Alps are a magical place for climbing. They are truly the birthplace of modern alpinism. ASI has a long, rich history of climbing and guiding in the Alps and has taken those skills and brought them back to the Sierra. Come with us, trace the roots and see what can be done in the Alps.
Le Massif du Mont Blanc is a spectacular range. Mt. Blanc itself, is a highlight for any alpinist. It stands at 4,807 meters, just less than 16,000 ft. We will spend a few days prepping for the climb and putting ourselves in the best possible position for our summit attempt. Depending on our goals and abilities we will determine the best climbs to acclimatize and prepare.
Along with stunning climbing and scenery, climbers will get to take advantage of the well-maintained hut systems of the Alps. Along with comfortable on-mountain accommodations, the huts provide us with dinner and breakfast. This allows us to carry lighter packs than many of us are used to in alpine climbs in the US.
Aug 4-8, 2011
Day 1: Meet in the morning and go over gear and plans. Ascend the Grand Montets by Telepherique and Practice climbing skills and ascend the Petite Aguille Verte.
Day 2: Ascend the Aguille du Midi by Tram. Climb the Cosmiques ArÍte and spend the night in the Cosmiques Refuge, allowing maximum acclimatization.
Day 3: Climb the SE Ridge of the Tour Ronde. Descend to Chamonix.
Day 4: Begin our ascent of Mt. Blanc. We will have the opportunity to climb via different routes depending on skill and route conditions. We will either climb the Trois Mt. Blanc or the Gouter Route.
Day 5: Climb Mt. Blanc and return to Chamonix.
Previous experience using ice axe and crampons. Excellent Phyiscal Condition.
MATTERHORN 3 Day
There is the option of adding on a 3-day extension of the program to climb the famed Matterhorn. This is on a custom basis and will be guided strictly on a 1:1 ratio. The Matterhorn is one of the most striking peaks in the world. It is visible from quite a distance due to its recognizable form. The climb consists of both rock and snow climbing and is more technical than Mt. Blanc.
Aug 10-12, 2011
Change venues from Chamonix to Zermatt.
Day 1: Train on the Riffelhorn for the technical rock portion.
Day 2: Ascend to Hornli Hut.
Day 3: Climb Matterhorn and descend to Zermatt
Previous experience using ice axe and crampons. Rope belayed rock climbing recommended. Excellent Phyiscal Condition.
Questions about this trip?
Chamonix Avalanche Bulletin
Swiss Avalanche Bulletin
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