Our Intermediate Alpine Mountaineering Courses are great to follow on from one of our Introductory Alpine courses or from a good experience of personal technical climbing on home hills. They require some prior experience of rock and/or snow-ice climbing and as there is a big step up in difficulty from easier PD snow climbs to more technical AD level mixed routes. Neat efficient climbing technique on tricky and exposed terrain is demanded and good general mountain fitness is essential.

Full instruction is given in the more advanced rope-work and technical skills required. Our Intermediate weeks operate at a 2:1 guiding ratio and aim to climb high quality AD routes building participants skills and confidence along the way.

Technical level: snow slopes up to 55 degrees, snow/ice faces up to 75 degrees, rock scrambling/climbing of Alpine grade III/IV, UK Severe/VS level, exposed narrow ridges.; Scottish winter grades II to III; Alpine grades PD and AD.

To find out about the fitness and technical skills required for our courses and guided peaks and to find suitable preparatory courses see our fitness and course pre-requirements.

For information on accommodation and what's included in our Mountaineering Holidays click here.

Alpine Mountaineering Courses Climbing Arolla

We can organise any of our intermediate mountaineering courses on additional dates for private groups. Please contact us for availability and prices (info@frostguiding.co.uk).

  • Alpine Progression

    For climbers who seek to climb more technical routes at AD standard plus an instructional refresher in Alpine skills and a high-quality AD training climb around Arolla such as the traverse of L'Evêque or West Ridge of the Dent de Tsalion. This week can follow on from an Introduction course or be followed by our Grandes Courses week to make a fortnight.

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    Cost: £1,565
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1
  • Progression PLUS

    This is a more challenging Intermediate Mountaineering Course tackling harder Swiss peaks at AD/AD+ standard e.g. Dent Blanche South Ridge, Breithorn traverse, Zinal Rothorn.

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    Cost: £1,675
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1
  • Alpine Private Guiding (2:1)

    Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our alpine chalet, warm hospitality and home cooking while setting your own mountaineering itinerary with our expert guides to help you.

    Potential objectives are plentiful. Ideas include: Mont Blanc, the Dent Blanche, Zinal Rothorn, Gran Paradiso, Douves Blanches Arete or traverses of the Eveque or Mont Blanc de Cheilon.

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    Cost: £1,655
    Ratio (Clients:Guides): 2:1