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International School of Mountaineering
Classic Alpine Ascents

International School of Mountaineering

Mountaineering expertise and passion since 1965

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Why Choose ISM?

Our pedigree speaks for itself

Founded in 1965, ISM is a prestigious English speaking climbing and mountaineering school based in Leysin Switzerland. We are by far the longest established provider of Alpine mountaineering courses to English speaking clients and attract clients from all over the world.

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On-sighting - Tips and Techniques

Verb - To climb a route that you’ve not climbed before, leading it from bottom to top without resting or…

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Red-Pointing - Tips and techniques

Verb - To climb a route from bottom to top cleanly without any artificial rests such as sitting on the…

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The nuts

New Routes in the Canadian Rockies

Every day’s a road trip, as we thread our way through the beautiful mountains of the Canadian Rockies in search…

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Climbing Motivation

Some thoughts on motivation and raising your climbing standard.

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Which Boots do I need?

Boot and footwear choice represents perhaps the single most important decision of all when considering your mountaineering equipment.

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Some thoughts on rope choice linked into decision making

So, as a BMG IFMGA Mountain Guide and climber what ropes do I use?

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Traditional Climbing on a Single Rope

So, traditional climbing on a single rope - old school or maybe just a modern take on things?

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Kevin Borrowdale

Why We Love British Trad Climbing!

Why we love British trad climbing!

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The Art of Making Traditional Kyrgyz Bread!

Reflecting on a special day in the Pamir Mountains, Kyrgyzstan 2019

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Testimonials For ISM

Eira, Myself and Gabriel had a wonderful time in Switzerland with Pat and Ross - thank you very much. It was well worth the wait.

Timothy Selvage
Classic AlpinISM (Instructional Course)

What a brilliant week we had! I really enjoyed the fact that the course was very hands on and we were given freedom and responsibility to look after ourselves. I really like the fact that the price was all-inclusive, the the course was excellent value for money!

Rachel (2017)
Summits & Skills 4000m (Instructional Course)

Thanks for organising an excellent week. The course format, accommodation and set up was perfect. The guide was outstanding and gave us a full week of constructive tuition. I was able to put his training into practice the following week when I met up with a friend and did the Cosmiques Arrete.

R W (2017)
Classic AlpinISM (Instructional Course)

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