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Intro 4000m 'Summits & Skills' 2008
Climbing Skill
Fitness & Stamina
PHOTO: View from the summit of Gran Paradiso 4061m at groups ascending the upper slopes.
FEEDBACK: "I must admit that I was a bit scared about my first trip to the Alps, but the Icicle hosts
and Guides really looked after us, and we were supported loads, especially during our ascent
of our first 4000m Alpine peak
"
Lara A, Glossop, 2006
Course Overview
You need no previous experience of climbing or mountaineering. This course is suitable for keen hill walkers, indoor wall climbers, or ramblers, to introduce you to the key technical aspects necessary for mountaineering.
The Introduction course focuses on the skills that you will require on Alpine rock, ice and snow; including ropework, glacier travel, navigation, crampon & ice axe use, avalanche prediction, and equipment selection.
Even if you have had no previous contact with ropes, or any experience of ice or rock climbing, by the end of the week you will have climbed vertical pitches of ice, led a rock route and climbed an Alpine 4000m mountain.
A principal feature of this course are the evening theory sessions, where you learn the background theory, so that the daylight hours are optimised for your climbing time.
You will also stay in a mountain hut and and should gain your National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS, www.nnas.org.uk) Bronze or Silver level award through learning advanced use of the map and compass, as well as altimeters and GPS.
Dates: 15-21 June 2008, 29 June - 5 July 2008, 13-19 July 2008, 20-26 July 2008, 3-9 August 2008, 17-23 August 2008, 31 August - 6 Sept 2008, 14-20 Sept 2008. For current availability on this course click here.
The course at a glance...
Week long course, run during summer. Price £749pp, includes accommodation.
The focus of the week is to introduce you to rock, ice and snow climbing in the Alps.
Top tip... consider this course if you want to learn and have no climbing experience.
You could also consider week long... Alpine Autonomy or Mont Blanc Summit.


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Brief Course Itinerary
SunTravel to Chamonix to arrive for the 18:00 check-in followed by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings are over by 20:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany the group to dinner. Night in Chamonix.
MonAlpine skills, navigation, route planning and snow techniques day. Climb an Alpine summit via a steep ridge, practice hazard awareness, use of GPS and altimeters. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max). Night in Chamonix.
TueDay to learn using crampons and ice axes on the Mer de Glace glacier (2000m). You also climb vertical ice, create ice anchors, and learn glacier travel skills. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max). Night in Chamonix.
WedA day of glacier travel skills, practicing building snow anchors, crevasse rescue, and probing for crevasses, spent on a journey across the massive Argentiere glacier basin. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max). Night in Chamonix.
ThuA morning of rock climbing skills, to learn / practice belaying safely and how to lead / set up safe anchors on rock climbs. After lunch you go to the hut for Paradiso. Guiding ratio 1:3 (max). Night in mountain hut.
FriSummit Gran Paradiso 4061m from an Alpine start from the high hut, then descend and return drive to Chamonix. Celebrations in Chamonix in the evening. Guiding ratio 1:3 (max). Night in Chamonix.
SatBreakfast, then course debrief, with feedback and questions and answers session. Depart for home.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case, suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.


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Course Prices
Standard course£749Book online
Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide or UIMLA Leader for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Six nights B&B accommodation in Chamonix (inc. bedding & towels), 6) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 7) Road transport in Chamonix valley including tunnel ticket and road transport to / from Gran Paradiso, 8) Cable cars & uplift as specified in detailed itinerary (Monday to Friday), 9) Up to one night in a mountain hut (half board), 10) Chamonix office support and free Wi-Fi internet access.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Equipment hire, 3) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 4) Certificate for NNAS navigation award (c.£3), 5) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Upgrade options 
Acclimatisation Weekend £99To get the most out your course, acclimatisation is essential so that you minimise the chances of AMS later on during your course, details.
Full Board upgrade £99This is to upgrade so that all your meals (breakfast, packed lunch, and evening meal) are included from Sunday evening through to Saturday morning.