Summits & Skills 4000m
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
Indoor Wall to Outdoor Climbing
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
Classic Alpine Icefalls
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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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…Read More
Red-Pointing - Tips and techniques
Verb - To climb a route from bottom to top cleanly without any artificial rests such as sitting on the…Read More
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…Read More
Some thoughts on motivation and raising your climbing standard.Read More
Which Boots do I need?
Boot and footwear choice represents perhaps the single most important decision of all when considering your mountaineering equipment.Read More
Some thoughts on rope choice linked into decision making
So, as a BMG IFMGA Mountain Guide and climber what ropes do I use?Read More
Traditional Climbing on a Single Rope
So, traditional climbing on a single rope - old school or maybe just a modern take on things?Read More
Why We Love British Trad Climbing!
Why we love British trad climbing!Read More
The Art of Making Traditional Kyrgyz Bread!
Reflecting on a special day in the Pamir Mountains, Kyrgyzstan 2019Read More
Testimonials For ISM
Brilliant!! I was a walker at the start of the week. By the end had been on glaciers and climbed a 4000m peak!! It was a wonderful, wonderful, experience which i will never forget. It was excellent value for money and I hope to be joining you for years to come.
Summits & Skills 4000m (Instructional Course)
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.
Advanced Ski Touring Skills (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)