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
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Testimonials For ISM
Just a quick word of thanks for the course last week. Our guide Tom was excellent and covered a lot of miles to ensure we got the best conditions and great routes in and was always ready with a word or two of advice when needed - please pass my thanks on to him,
Technical Alpine Rock
"I loved the course and Terry was great. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun and feel confident and secure in my technique".
The course was excellent, lots of variety and provided me with a good range of skills. Loved reaching the summit of the Weissmeis, for such a nervous and unconfident novice like me, I gained a real sense of achievement from the ascent and the whole week. Huge thanks to Pat.