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The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix offers a range of courses to help you progress from your first steps in mountaineering up to total self-sufficiency on routes.
The ‘autonomy 1’ mountaineering course focuses on safety in the mountains. You learn how to manage your safety while perfecting your skills on rocky, glaciated and mixed terrain. Participants move together as small self-sufficient rope teams (maximum three or four people) while under the supervision of a guide. Each new safety technique encountered is explained and demonstrated on the ground, to ensure you can perform them correctly when climbing without a guide. The night in a hut is an opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of the surroundings and discussions with fellow participants and guides.
Aims of ‘autonomy 1’ mountaineering course:
- Mastery of fundamentals of safety when moving over glaciated terrain: crevasse rescue.
- Mastery of basic protection placement skills: pitons, nuts/stoppers, ice screws, etc.
- Advanced rope-handling skills: rappel and belaying in all kinds of terrain.
This course is the logical continuation of the ‘Beginner’s Mountaineering’ courses and is aimed at those wishing to acquire essential safety skills for unguided summer mountaineering trips.
Day 1 : Climbing school.
Getting in touch with your guide.
Day 2: Rocky route in the Mont-Blanc Massif.
Examples of routes include the Frêtes des Charmoz (2500m), Dent de Fenestral ( 2 578m).
Day 3: Security on glacier : night in Les Cosmiques hut (3 163m).
Starting from the Aiguille du Midi for an entire day dedicated to the security on glacier. Presentation of the techniques, then implementation: a simulation of a fall in a full-size crevasse.
Day 4: Route starting from the Cosmiques hut.
Examples of routes include the Arête des Cosmiques (3842m), Pointes Lachenal (3613m).
This program is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Group session associates several people who don’t know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
May 30 to June 2.
June 10 & 24 - July 08, 15, 22 & 29. - August 05 & 19 - September 05 & 19.
PRICE 2019: 690€ per person based on minimum of 3 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- One half-board to the Cosmiques hut (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Lift access as per programme.
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Cost of getting to meeting point,
- Personal technical equipment including your mountaineering shoes.
Meeting and transport:
Meet at 8.30am at the Chamonix Guides Company: 190 place de l’église.
For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports. . Six to seven hours of exercise per day. A mountaineering experience is necessary and the desire to become autonomous.
3 to 4 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Minor, only accompagnied by a parent.
One Half-board in hut on Day 3 (Dinner, breakfast & night).
Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
We recommend you take particular care over you choice of equipment, as it plays a large role in the success of your trip. Weight is critical, and you must always evaluate the weight-to-comfort ratio to find the best compromise.
Weather conditions can be extremely variable: from 20ºC on the approach route to the hut, to -15ºC on the summit (like a cold winter’s day in a ski resort).
Generally speaking, it is better to put on several thin layers than to have one bulky item of warm clothing, and it is vital that you remain dry at all times.
- 35-litre backpack,
- Climbing shoes, rentable
- High-altitude mountaineering boots that are not too tight, rentable
- Gaiters, if needed for your trousers
- Telescopic trekking poles, rentable
- Crampons with anti-balling plates; helmet, harness and straight ice axe, rentable
- Bring the technical equipment you have (figure of eight, locking carabiners…)
- Warm hat that can be worn under a helmet
- Sun hat or cap
- Neck protection such as a ‘Buff’
- ‘Micro-fibre’ style long-sleeve base layer
- ‘Gore Tex’ style shell jacket with hood, rentable
- Down jacket
- Base layer leggings
- Durable summer mountaineering trousers (not ski trousers)
- ‘Gore Tex’ style over-trousers, rentable
- Warm specialist walking socks
- Lightweight specialist walking socks
- Ski gloves or good quality mitts
- Leather or fleece gloves
- Change of clothes at your discretion
- Category 4 sunglasses
- Ski goggles
- Headtorch plus spare batteries
- Sheet sleeping bag
- Water bottle (minimum 1.5l) and thermos bottle
- Personalised first aid kit with a minimum of: sun cream, lip balm, cotton buds, blister kit, antisickness medication
- Watertight bag to contain your ID/passport and Euros
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