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Glacier Safety Weekends 2021
Two days guiding, with a night spent half board in a mountain hut
Course overview

By the end of the weekend you will have ice climbed, practiced crevasse rescue, and travelled over crevasses on both snow covered and dry glaciers. The Saturday night is spent in a mountain hut on a half board basis, so that you maximise your time in the high mountains, and on the glaciers.
The weekend is designed to teach a total novice the key safety considerations for travelling over glaciers, focusing on the skills that you will require on ice and snow; including Alpine ropework, crevasse and self rescue, glacier travel, crampon and ice axe techniques.
The loan of all technical climbing equipment for each client is included* in the course price as required: ice axe(s), 12 point crampons, helmet, harness, and B3 mountaineering boots. All subject to availability.
Dates: these are listed in the column on the right, and they show the live availability from our secure online booking system. When you book online, you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine Information Booklet, course specific kit list and invoice.

Brief Course Itinerary
Sat Day on a high glacier such as the Argentiere / Le Tour / Mer de Glace, with the day spent ice climbing, creating anchors, and learning glacier travel skills. The night is spent in a hut next to the glacier, such as the Argentiere / Albert Premier / Couvercle hut. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max). Night spent in hut.
Sun On the second day, you have breakfast in the hut, then set off on a day focusing on wet (snow covered) glacier travel, probing crevasses, Alpine coils, crevasse rescue, etc. You may well tackle a glaciated peak such as Aiguille du Tour / Tete Blanche / Petite Forche, or a high pass such as Col du Tour Noir. Guiding ratio 1:6 (max). Guiding finishes by 16:00, so do not book flight departing before 20:00.
ITINERARY NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountaineering is often 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 course itinerary as a guide to the types of route that you will attempt, not necessarily the exact routes that you climb.

Course Prices
Standard course
2 full days IFMGA guiding, 1:6 max ratio
2 days holiday in total, Saturday-Sunday
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Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide for two days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics & briefings, 3) Pre course information booklet, 4) Equipment discount voucher for UK shops, 5) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction Booklet, 6) Road transport in Chamonix valley, 7) Night in mountain hut on a half board basis, 8) Technical climbing equipment*.
Exclusions: 1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Cable Cars (approx c.£25), 3) Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals in valley, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels / restaurants, 4) Accommodation in Chamonix (approx c.£18 pp/n), 5) Activities insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Group sizes: 3 - 6 people per IFMGA mountain guide. For group sizes of over 6 people, there are multiple guides, and the teams travel independently of each other.
Notes: The loan of all technical climbing equipment for each client is included* in the course price as required: ice axe(s), 12 point crampons, helmet, harness, and B3 mountaineering boots. All subject to availability.
Current course availability

Course Dates
Glacier Weekend
  • [ 4 ] 23 - 24 Jul 2022
  • [ 4 ] 13 - 14 Aug 2022
NOTE: This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are four who
are booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish

Price: £399 Book online

Alternative courses
Alpine Introduction Course
Winter Ice Weekend

Alps Autonomy Techniques
Winter Mount Toubkal

Client feedback

Joe Simpson, you would never have made a film if you knew what I do !

Bob S , Glacier Safety Weekend

It was really useful to learn to place ice screws, and anchor systems on both bare ice and snow covered glaciers, and I'm really confident about crevasse extraction now, but hope never to have to do it in anger

Anne T , Glacier Safety Weekend

Thank you so much for organising a great weekend course. We learnt lots

Rachel C , Glacier Safety Weekend

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Location data for this trip
The trips are based in the Chamonix valley in the French Alps, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a 90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
Time Difference
GMT +1hr
Local Currency
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Travel from UK
1hr flight
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View full course equipment list, with examples of kit, click here
Any further questions?
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