Level 1: Instructional Course
Our six-day 'Summits and Skills 4000m' course is our Level 1 introduction in summer alpine mountaineering. This course is the first in a series of instructional courses naturally leading into our Classic AlpinISM course where you develop those introductory skills and then into Technical AlpinISM where you then learn to become more independent as an alpine mountaineer. We also offer more guided climbing experiences such as climbing the Classic 4000ers or maybe traversing the Monte Rosa 40000ers, climbing Mt Blanc or tackling Technical Alpine Ascents.More Info
Lake District - Level 1 : Instructional Course
Learn the skills to 'trad' climb outdoors safely, on this instructional Indoor Wall to Outdoor Climbing course in the Lake District. Or maybe develop your rock climbing on our Rock Improvers course and become more independent. If your're more experienced, then why not take the next step and learn to Lead Climb or enjoy more of a guided experience focused on climbing Classic Rock routes. We also offer Alpine Preparation or roped Scrambling Skills - all are Lake District based coursesMore Info
Level 2 : Guided Climbing
Try our instructional Ice Climbing Skills if you're new to ice climbing or maybe this Level 2 - Classic Alpine Icefalls course for those clients wanting to develop their ice climbing skills further. Then our Level 3 Technical Alpine Icefalls course if you're wanting to get on steeper and more adventurous ice. If you want to develop and explore differnt icefalls around the world then we've pulled together an exciting programme of ice climbing in Slovenia, the Italian Dolomites, up in the Arctic Circle of northern Norway and Sweden and then the mecca of icefall climbing the Canadian Rockies.More Info
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.More About Us
Sharing Our KnowledgeVisit Our Knowledge Base
So, as a BMG IFMGA Mountain Guide and climber what ropes do I use?Read More
Testimonials For ISM
Terry was a wonderful guide and made everything fun, laid-back and an overall good experience. I would be happy to ski or climb with him again. All the logistics in Leysin and in Italy went smoothly. A really nice time.
Thanks for a fantastic week. It was really one of the best things I have ever done. I learned a lot during the week, not only about climbing technique, but also about attitude.
Bernese Oberland 4000ers
Please pass on my very, very sincere thanks to Thomas, Daniel & Christian. They are truly quality people! Patient, understanding, professional, and wonderful ambassadors for your company. I have experienced many guides over my 50 years in climbing and they rank right up there with the very best.
Mont Blanc Ascent