Challenge yourself and your climbing skills in the World Class venue for mountaineering, alpine climbing, big wall rock climbing and long multi-pitch routes. Rockbusters and Will Sim are inviting you to this epic journey on Alpine granite in mekka of extreme sports CHAMONIX.
Looking to put your climbing skills to the test? Then it’s time to step up to the big wall. Alpine climbing is all about using the skills you’ve developed on more accessible walls, and applying them to the face in a high mountain environment.
The Rockbusters Alpine Rock Climbing week in Chamonix is six days of big wall climbing in an awe-inspiring location. And while it’s suitable for a range of levels, it’s not for beginners. You’ll use many aspects of trad and multi-pitch climbing, but also develop a range of new skills.
We recommend that you’re in top condition and able to climb at least to 6b level. With that as your base, all you’ll need is enthusiasm and the nerve to push yourself. Try your best and this will be some of the most rewarding climbing you’ve experienced.
The team will cover some essential skills and assess your level for the week to come. Don’t feel pressured or try too hard, it’s important to get an accurate idea of your level. Day 1 is also your chance to hire any extra gear you need.
You’ll learn some glacial techniques and how to use your Alpine gear correctly. Accessing some of the routes this week involves walking on glaciers and negotiating crevasses, so it’s important this is done safely. Suitable locations for this alpine skills day include Mer de Glacé, Col du Midi and the Italian side of Vallee Blanche.
Today you’ll try to climb your first big rock routes, taking on numerous faces at sites like Brevent, Aiguille Rouge cliffs or les Perrons de Vallorcine. Usually this happens at around the 2500+ metre mark to help your acclimatisation.
Building on your growing skills and confidence, it’s another big multi-pitch climb. If you’re ready, it’ll be without bolts and include a glacial approach. The South face of the Aiguille du Midi, pt. Lachenal, or the Chamonix Aiguilles are possible locations.
Staying in a refuge enables two quality days of climbing above the snowline, meaning you pack a lot into 48 hours. A potential itinerary would be to base from the Cabane d'Orny and climb on the Aiguille d'Orny or Aiguille Dorèes. Alternatively we may overnight at the Torino hut on the Italian side of Mont Blanc to climb the amazing granite spires.
SUITABLE FOR: climbers solid in all basic climbing skils as belay, tie on, ... climbers leading confidently in grade 6b or higher
PRICE INCLUDES: Guiding / Coaching, Safety equipment (quick draws, ropes, harness, helmet, ... NO CLIMBING SHOES)
PRICE EXCLUDES: travel and climbing insurance,accommodation, transport and food
WHAT YOU NEED: climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, 60cm sling with screw gate carabiner, sleeping bag, foam pad, good approach shoes, back pack, warm light jacket, headlamp