We are specialised in organising custom made ice climbing courses and trips for individuals or small groups. The best learning situation is on a one to one basis (or one to two). We do not have pre-set dates for our courses or trips because we work around the needs and technical level of our clients. The area where our courses and most of our activities takes place is called Valcamonica, a beautiful valley in the Central Italian Alps, 2 hours drive North-East of Milan. The Valley is a paradise for ice climbing with over 100 ice falls, with something for every level, from beginners to experienced climbers. The Northern part of the valley that borders with Switzerland, boasts Italy's largest glaciers (Adamello and Ortles-Cevedale) and is famous for its mountaineering and ski touring itineraries. The nearest airports to the mountaineering locations are Verona or Bergamo (Ryan Air).
3 day programme example:
- Day 1: basic climbing technique, rope work, knots, ice climbing equipment, belaying and abseiling.
- Day 2: single pitch ice climbing, ice climbing technique, ice screw protection placing and removing. Avalanche rescue training.
- Day 3: multi-pitch ice climbing.
When: January and February
- Beginner: you have some rock climbing experience and would like to learn the basics about ice climbing. No previous ice climbing experience is required. You should be in good physical shape and like cold conditions!
- Advanced: you have some ice climbing and/or mountaineering experience and would like to improve your skills. Your goal is to lead the climbing rope on multi-pitch ice climbs. You should be in good physical shape and be able to lead rock climb V grade.
Price per person per day:
1 person 300 euro
2 people 180 euro
The price Includes: private guiding and teaching, technical equipment, liability insurance.
- Technical equipment: harness, helmet, ice axes, crampons, 1 screw gate carabineer (we can supply this equipment if you do not have it).
- Personal equipment: rigid mountaineering boots, 30 litre backpack, 1 litre thermos, provisions (energy bars, chocolate, dried fruit, sandwiches…), first aid kit, sun glasses (or transparent eye protection glasses), gore-tex jacket and overpants, windstopper vest, gaiters, mountain pants, fleece jacket, breathable base layers, lightweight gloves, thick gloves, warm hat, bandana.