The course develops those existing skills and techniques learned on our Summits and Skills 4000m course (or equivalent), giving participants as much opportunity as possible to lead the rope whilst enjoying a full and satisfying week of mountaineering on high alpine peaks and alpine routes (up to PD+) and to move safely over glaciated terrain independently.
A Level 2 certificate will be awarded at the end of the course confirming the level you have achieved.
- An instructional course developing the participants existing alpine mountaineering skills to become more independent
- All-inclusive price includes all uplift, food, transport and accommodation
- Expert instruction and coaching from experienced ISM Guides
Several alpine areas offer suitable objectives for this course including Trient, the Grand Combin region, the Mt Blanc de Cheilon group and the Évêque/Mont Brulé group. These regions offer all types of alpine climbing – snow and ice slopes of varying angles, rocky ridges, exposed arêtes and mixed ground. We aim to give you a very varied climbing week, coaching the skills needed for all types of terrain. We also do our best to ensure that you will be climbing peaks and routes that are new to you, so please list your experience carefully on the booking form.
Safe technique on glacier approaches is another important part of this course, as glaciers are changing rapidly with global warming and generally becoming more challenging to negotiate safely, being steeper, icier and more crevassed. Judgement of prevailing conditions is more crucial than ever as guidebooks and maps struggle to keep pace with the changing mountain environment, and adapting technique to cope with this situation is now a vital part of safe alpinism.