Cost: £1,225
Ratio (Clients:Guides): 3:1
Estimated Hut and Cable car costs: CHF240
Dates available: 8th July - 15th July 2017 [ Full ], 15th July - 22nd July 2017 [ Full ], 22nd July - 29th July 2017, 5th August - 12th August 2017, 12th August - 19th August 2017, 19th August - 26th August 2017, 2nd September - 9th September 2017

Our Introduction to Alpine Climbing Course provides a week of technical instruction with IFMGA Guides plus ascents of classic Alpine Peaks in the Arolla and Zermatt ranges. Our 3:1 guiding ratio means that Frost Guiding clients can explore more technical terrain than is offered by 4:1 (or greater) ratios on other Introductory courses helping them to become independent mountaineers more quickly.

Our Introduction to Alpine Climbing Course is designed for mountaineers and climbers seeking a firm skills grounding in their first season in the Alps, including snow, ice and rock techniques. Some prior experience of winter mountaineering and/or roped climbing is helpful, but we will guide you from first steps in all the essential Alpine Mountaineering skills.

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The course will prepare you to climb independently on lower grade alpine peaks, and also works well as training for more technical guided routes. Itineraries are tailored to group experience and aspirations. The week makes great preparation for our Alpine Progression course which can follow on as part of a continuous 2 week trip.

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Sample programme:

Day 1: Glacier training on Moiry Glacier; crampon skills, ice climbing, crevasse rescue - overnight in Moiry Hut

Day 2: Climb Pointe de Mourti (PD), practice glacier skills, return to Evolene

Day 3-4: Walk from Arolla to Dix Hut; climb Mont Blanc de Cheilon (3869m) (PD) and traverse Pigne d'Arolla
(3790m) (F+)

Days 5-6: Valley rock climbing, teaching prusiking and belay techniques; drive to Saas Grund, ascend to
Weissmies Hut, climb Lagginhorn (4010m) (PD)

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What our clients say:

"I personally feel I have learnt valuable skills and I over came some fears I had, although more practice and experience is needed. Best holiday ever!" Vanessa, 2015

"Many thanks for an excellent time last week - I thoroughly enjoyed everything we did and your guiding and instruction were first class throughout" JB 2014

"I have certainly pushed my boundaries this week but absolutely enjoyed it and would do it all over again." Laura, 2015

For information on accommodation and what's included in our Swiss Alpine Mountaineering Course prices click here.