We were contacted by a team heading to the Alpine mecca of Chamonix who wanted some mountain skills development training. They had experience in UK mountains, but this was their first Alpine Adventure. They were realistic that their plans needed to be tailored to their experience and we were happy to advise about objectives.
They planned to tackle some of the easy grade rock climbs in the valley and also needed to cross some glaciated terrain. We put together a 3 day programme that focussed on key areas. For day one we developed their efficiency on multi-pitch climbs. On day two we considered descending from multi-pitch routes and problem avoidance and then for the last day we looked at glacier travel and simple crevasse rescue strategies. We later even added an Outdoor First Aid course to ensure they were also prepared for any unexpected emergency.
We met each day and had a short classroom session, but the majority of our time was spent in the mountains. In our opinion time spent in the mountains is the best way to learn the skills for the mountains. The team left with a toolbox of techniques and the confidence that they could manage the unexpected.
We kept in touch over the intervening months and followed their training progress. We also answered a few questions along the way. By the time their trip came around we all knew they were good to go. Needless to say, the trip was a great success and we have kept in touch as they plan a trip to the Greater Ranges.
We love putting together bespoke mountain skills development packages and the training doesn’t end when the days end. We are sharing a journey with you and so please be assured that we are with you every step of the way.