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For Beginners

What kit do you need?

All necessary technical equipment is provided by UCPA and is included in the price of your holiday (e.g harness, ropes, ice axe, backpack, crampons etc). Personal clothing is not provided. You should have clothing suitable for the conditions, e.g. appropriate lightweight, waterproof, windproof outerwear and warm and breathable base and midlayers. For the refuge stay you will need a sleeping bag liner.

How fit do you need to be?

This is an introductory course, so no previous experience is necessary, however, you do need to have a good level of fitness. Previous hill walking experience and/or climbing experience will be very useful.

What will I be able to do by the end of the week?

You will learn to use crampons and ice axes, basic rope work, moving safely on a glacier, snow safety, route planning, navigation and completion of some challenging routes.

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For Improvers/Intermediates

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What skills should I already have?

If you have already attended an alpine course, have walked in crampons with a roped partner across glaciated terrain, been pulled out of a crevasse during rescue training, summited an alpine peak and have an urge to climb more, then this Alpinism course is perfect for you.

What will I be able to do by the end of the week?

The goal of this course is to progress your mountaineering techniques and help you develop skills in analysis and decision making to bring you more autonomy. You will begin to feel comfortable to build safe anchors and select good lines.

For the more advanced ​mountaineers

What skills should I already have?

You should have a good level of fitness and your skills/experience should include; walking with crampons, moving as a roped group on a glacier, using an ice axe, avalanche safety, crevasse rescue, rock climbing. It is suggested you should be comfortable on AD level alpine climbs or climbing HVS.

What will I be able to do by the end of the week?

The objective of this course is to make you feel confident in safety techniques on glaciated terrain and on mixed or rock routes, and to learn the right considerations in your approach to the mountains. You should feel that from now on you can be much more self reliant and safe in the mountains.

 

 

 

 

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Am I able to climb Mont Blanc?

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In short, yes you can!

The 2 week preparation course enables the group to refresh their skills, practice important techniques and gain a good understanding of the high mountain environment. It also allows more time for a good weather window to arise for the group to attempt the summit, often a reason why others on a shorter trip fail. Check the course description for more information.

How do I get to the stage where I can climb Mont Blanc?

Those keen to summit Mont Blanc but short of the required experience should consider completing the Mont Blanc preparation course in advance. It is more important to take your time, experience some of the other summits first such as Mont Rose or Grand Paradiso otherwise your body will not be used to altitude and often ends in failure to reach the summit.

 

 

 

 

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