CLIMBING TRIPS


We lead rock climbing trips, ice climbing trips, and mountain climbing trips in Colorado and other places such as Chamonix and the Dolomites. Our international trips are made in cooperation with IFMGA guides. The following trips are suggested. We can plan a trip for you to any climbing area in the world. Contact us for further information.

Dolomite Climbing Adventures

Chamonix Climbing Adventures

Dolomite Climbing Adventures

 

The Dolomite range in Northern Italy is one of our favorite alpine rock climbing areas.  The rock is extremely climbable with great holds.  The climbs are steep and come in all degrees of difficulty from easy to hard.  The setting is beautiful with easy acess to the climbs.  It is the ideal place to learn to rock climb and a perfect setting for alpine rock climbing adventures.

Rock peaks rise from alpine meadows and lush forests. Trails wind upwards to remote mountain refuges offering food and shelter to hikers and climbers. Pristine streams flow from high snowfields. This is truly a climber's fairyland!

Douglas Milner, an early Dolomite climber, writes "The rock, however, is simply made to be climbed . . . the distinctive feature of all dolomite is the uncompromising exposure. Sheer verticality, often spoken of, is rarely encountered in the granite peaks, whilst in the Dolomites it is the type."

 

Our Dolomite Climbing Adventures are  for climbers of all experience levels - beginner to more advanced.

Hermann Buhl, the legendary Austrian climber writes "The Dolomites - an endless sea of mountains! . . . Proud and upstanding, like fairy castles, they soar above the green and pleasant valleys beyond counting, their spires, towers, and needles crowning sheer ridges and walls. Exciting, wildly romantic, their yellow faces soar perpendicular from the green meadows or gray tongues of rubble at their feet. Where else are the tarns, the rushing waters, and the whispering woods so enchanting as here in God's garden, the magic Dolomite country?"

We stay in a hotel in the picturesque mountain village of Cortina or in mountain huts near the climbs.

The weather in the Dolomites is generally sunny and pleasant in the summer and fall. The rock climbing is unparalleled.

If you would like to join us on one of these Dolomite climbing trips, please contact us - and be prepared for the climbing adventure of your life!

Bob - Charlie and I have pledged to make our climbs an annual affair. It was really excellent meeting you. We had some really terrific climbs on the Cinque Torri. And your tales rocking and rambling across the globe made you excellent company at the dinner table at the end of a long day's climb. (Romas Viesulas, Milan)

Trip Summary

TRIP DURATION: by arrangement

DESTINATION: Cortina, Italy

SPECIALTY: Rock Climbing

TRIP DATES: By arrangement

CAN TRIP BE CUSTOMIZED? Yes

Bob - I trust you made it back safely, many thanks again for a terrific trip. Enclosed is one fragment of the video you/we took. I can send you more if you would like. (Darren, Seattle)

Trip Prices

Private - $300 per day

Semi-private - $200 each per day

Price includes all guide fees. Clients pay for their own room and board.

Bob - Thanks so much for such a tremendous few days in Cortina, it was really fantastic! As Tauras' email says, we are both very keen to do Round 2 and next Sept / Oct in Colorado sounds like a great plan. It was great to meet you as well as climb with you, I also really enjoyed our dinners together. If you do find yourself planning a trip to Tokyo do give me a call and a bed (well, tatami mat!) is definitely available and the food here is every bit as good as Italy's, and the beer ain't bad either. I hope the rest of your trip was lots of fun, do stay in touch. (Charlie, Tokyo)

What to Bring

We supply all group technical climbing equipment; ropes, hardware, etc.

Clients must bring personal climbing gear including rock climbing shoes, harness, belay device with large locking biner, nut tool with biner, helmet, daisy chain with locking biner, day pack, and hiking/approach shoes. This equipment can also be rented.

Clothing for the Dolomites should include rugged, loose-fitting pants, t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, cap, lightweight gloves, warm fleece pullover (or equivalent), and  rain jacket.

Other recommended items include sun glasses, sun screen, and camera.

Hey Bob - Just a note to again say how much fun I had climbing with you guys in the Dolomites. It was totally fun and I hope to do it again one day. (Cathy, Seattle)

Itinerary

Clients will receive appropriate instruction. Schedule will be planned to suit clients' abilities and wishes.

We either meet in Cortina or (by arrangement) at the Venice airport.

Some nights may be spent in climbing huts, and lunches are often available in nearby huts.

Bob - The climbing trip was successful beyond all my imaginings. Dolomite climbing is pretty challenging, but I am really glad I did it. Next time the Alps? (Greg, Los Angeles)

 

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Chamonix Climbing Adventures

These climbing trips are held in the Mt Blanc range of the French Alps. The trips will consist of rock, ice, and mountain climbing providing the perfect introduction to alpine mountaineering and an experience not to be forgotten.

Gaston Rebuffat the renowned Chamonix guide writes about the Mt Blanc range "What an extraordinary creation this is, wrought by earth and time! Magnificent seen from a distance, for climbers it is a real paradise."

Chamonix offers some of the finest climbing in the world. Chamonix granite is legendary and the snow and ice climbs in the high mountains are world class. The Gaillands crag area just outside of town is very convenient for day rock climbs with Mt Blanc and the Aiguilles as a backdrop. High country glaciers provide easily accessible ice climbing practice and the telepherique station on the edge of town offers quick access to the high mountains.

Chamonix village is a charming mountain town with a delightful mix of traditional Savoyard and modern alpine cultures. Alpine shops, modern restaurants, comfortable hotels, and cobblestone streets with sidewalk cafes in the shadow of the Aiguilles help to create a unique mountaineering atmosphere.

Our Chamonix climbing trips include climbing on rock, ice, or both in an alpine setting. For beginners wishing instruction, it is our goal to develop all modern alpine climbing skills. Route finding and planning the climb are the first order of business for each day. Rock climbing techniques such as belaying, rappelling, moving on rock, and anchor placement will be put into practice. Steep ice climbing with hand tools and crampons will be taught along with ice anchor placement. Glacier travel and snow climbing situations will be encountered with practice in using the rope for traversing crevassed areas. Safety will be emphasized at all times. It is our belief that the hazards of climbing in the mountains can be controlled with proper training, a safe attitude, and respect for the mountain environment.

Some nights will be spent in Chamonix, at other times we will stay in mountain refuges.

The mountain refuges are small hotels perched in outrageous mountain settings where you can get meals, drinks, and lodging.

Trip Summary

TRIP DURATION: by arrangement

DESTINATION: Chamonix, France

SPECIALTY: Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, Mountain Climbing

TRIP DATES:  By arrangement

IS AIRFARE INCLUDED? No

CAN TRIP BE CUSTOMIZED? Yes

What to Bring

We supply all group technical climbing equipment; ropes, hardware, etc.

Personal climbing gear such as harness, belay device, and nut tool will be provided if needed.

Client should bring rock climbing shoes, climbing harness, belay/rappel device with large locking biner, nut removal tool with biner, helmet, climbing day pack, crampon compatible mountaineering boots, crampons, and ice tools. We can make suggestions if you need to purchase any of these items. Crampons, mountaineering boots, rock climbing shoes, and ice tools can be rented in Chamonix. Any items can be purchased as needed in Chamonix in the excellent mountain equipment shops.

Clothing for the Alps should include rugged, loose-fitting pants, polyester undershirt, light fleece shirt (or equivalent), cap, fleece gloves, warm fleece pullover (or equivalent), and rain jacket.

Other recommended items include sun glasses, sun screen, camera, and water bottle.

Trip Prices

Private- $300 per day

Semi-private - $200 each per day

Price includes all guide fees. Clients pay for their own room, board, and telepherique tickets (when needed).

Itinerary

Schedule will be planned to suit clients' abilities and wishes. The trip can be an excellent introduction to alpine climbing or it can focus on making ascents. It is up to you.

Meet in Chamonix. Rock climbing and instruction will take place in the Gaillands crag area or the Tour Rouges. The Gaillands crags can be reached by a pleasant 30 minute walk from town. The rock is very good with crisp holds and steep, well-protected practice routes at every level of difficulty. This area is great for instruction or warming up for experienced rock climbers. The entire panorama of the Mt. Blanc range is spread out before you. The Tour Rouges are the peaks on the north side of the valley and provide wonderful day climbs. Beginners will learn climbing safety, rope handling, top rope belaying, communication, rappelling, rappel self rescue, leader belaying. and moving on rock. They will practice climbing on routes rated for novices. More experienced rock climbers will tune up on climbs selected to suit their experience and ability level.

Rock Climbing. Further rock climbing will take place in the Chamonix Aiguilles, the imposing towers on the south side of the valley. Experienced climbers will test their skills on some of the finest Chamonix granite.

Ice Climbing. Ice climbing practice will be held on the Mer de Glace (reached by the train from Chamonix to Montenvers), the Petite Verte area (reached by the telepherique to the Montet), or the areas on Mt Blanc du Tacul (reached by telepherique to the summit of the Midi), a spectacular peak in the Aiguilles. We descend the East Ridge on crampons. This descent, although technically quite easy is very exciting and an experience not to be missed. Ice climbing instruction and practice snow and ice climbing will be held on the glacier, a perfect setting for instruction in all basic snow and ice techniques. Moving on snow and ice, avalanche awareness, mountain weather, self arrest, and basic tool use will be covered. Everything taught will be put into practice again on subsequent days. We may spend the night in the Cosmiques refuge, a small alpine hotel perched on an outcrop between the Aiguille du Midi and Mt Blanc du Tacul. The refuge offers beds and excellent meals.

Climbs. We will select climbs appropriate to the experience and skill levels of the clients. The north face of the Tacul is a good example. This moderate snow climb is the perfect setting for improving your alpine ice climbing technique. Ice axe and crampons are required for the climb. The climb ends on a wonderful summit with spectacular views. The Cosmiques Arete to summit of Aiguille du Midi is another. This climb is a Chamonix classic and is described in Gaston Rebuffat's book The Mont Blanc Massif (the 100 Finest Routes). It is frequently the culmination of the course and requires the use of all rock and ice climbing techniques you have learned. The setting is magnificent with the Vallee Blanche and Mt Blanc in the background.

 

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