In this Basic Mountaineering Course, we can work with groups from one to three people per Guide. We do not have pre-set dates for our courses or trips because we work around the needs and technical level of our clients. You will learn about climbing technique, rope work, knots, mountaineering equipment, belaying and abseiling, crampon technique, ice axe arrest, crevasse rescue. Being custom made, we can focus on your weaknesses and spend more time builidng confidence, for example on fear of exposure.
This course can be a combination of day trips, spending the nights in a village and multiday mountaineering trips where we will stay in rifugi when they are open (mountain huts). These courses can be organised all year round and depending on the time of year, the logistics will change:
- In Autumn (approx. 20 September-20 December), when the mountain huts are closed, we will stay in our b&b in Finale Ligure for the rock climbing skills part of the course. For the snow and ice part we can travel to the Mont Blanc range in the Aosta Valley.
- In Winter (approx. 20 December-1 March), when the mountain huts are closed, we will stay in our b&b in Ponte di Legno. For the rock climbing skills part of the course we will drive for 1hr to some of the rock climbing crags in Val Camonica. For the snow and ice part we can practice ice climbing and use the lift system of the ski resort to access snowy ridges and slopes.
- In Spring (approx.1 March-1 May), the huts are open for ski touring. So if you are a skier, we can use ski touring skis for our mountaineering course, selecting a hut to hut multi day trip. If you are not a skier, the logistics will be the same as Winter (see above).
- In the Summer, from mid June to mid September, when the mountain huts are open, see Example Itinerary below.
The program will be custom made according to the participants level, needs and according to the weather forecast / mountain conditions. The following Example Itinerary has it all for mountaineering training: Via Ferrata, rocky and snowy ridges, glaciers, crevasses, hospitable comfortable huts, awesome views, high altitude environment. Each day, together with you Guide, you will plan the itinerary on the map, decide what equipment to use and how, learn how to safely glacier travel and navigate in case of bad weather, build confidence in leading the rope, learn to place protection. All under the watchful eye of your Guide. A total full immersion experience with the combination of glaciers, granite ridges and dolomite rock climbing.
We are based in Ponte di Legno (1 hour drive from Madonna di Campiglio in the Brenta Dolomites). In Ponte di Legno we have a cosy b&b in the centre of town and you you can stay with us while experiencing the various activities of this region like Via Ferrata, rock climbing, mountaineering on glaciers, mountain biking in the Summer. Ski touring and ice climbing in the Winter.