Mountaineering

High-mountain adventures

From classic high-mountain routes to well-kept secrets, from your first mountaineering experience to major routes. Mountaineering, or alpinism for some, is the art of climbing peaks for their beauty, of pushing your limits, of introspection, of sharing an intense experience with others; the list or reasons goes on and on, and motivation varies from one person and one route to another. Let us serve as your guide to ensure that you enjoy your mountaineering experience to its fullest.

 

 

On demand

2 or 3 days

Viso 3841m

Est Ridge

Viso 3841m

Est Ridge
A direct route to the top.
  • • On demand
1 day

Taillante Queyras

Dance avec les Loups

Taillante Queyras

Dance avec les Loups
An original route in Queyras
  • • On demand
3 days

La Meije

Climbing and traversing

La Meije

Climbing and traversing
One of the most spectacular routes in all of the Alps, and my personal favorite!
  • • On demand

Equipment list

Technical gear

  • A 35 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A mountaineering/climbing helmet*
  • Telescopic hiking poles that fit into your pack (3 sections) or ski poles
  • A general mountaineering ice axe
  • Twelve-point steel crampons that are sharpened and fit your boots
  • Harness*
  • Three locking carabiners*
  • A belay device (Reverso, ATC-Guide or other device with a guide mode for belaying a second)
  • Accessory cord for a friction hitch (150cm of 7mm accessory cord)*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need. 

Personal gear

  • Mountaineering boots with a rigid (shank) sole, and with a heel welt for semi-automatic crampons.
  • Warm hiking socks (no cotton!)
  • Waterproof mountaineering pants or rain pants
  • Depending on your pants, long underwear bottoms
  • Gaiters (recommended, but depends on your boots and/or pants)
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Lightweight down/synthetic jacket
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Two pairs of gloves (1 lightweight pair and 1 warm)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Neck warmer/balaclava
  • Baseball cap or sun hat
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Water bottle (1.5 liter) or thermos (1 liter)
  • Lunch and high-energy snack
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera

For overnight trips

  • Spare base layer t-shirt
  • Spare pair of hiking socks (not cotton!)
  • Lightweight sleeping sack (blankets provided at hut)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • French Alpine Club (CAF) or other alpine club (CAI, BMC, etc.) membership card if you have one, a couple of checks or cash (huts rarely accept debit/credit cards).
  • A small personal first-aid kit with aspirin or acetaminophen/paracetamol, ear plugs, tissues, and Compeed® for blisters. There is no need for anything else unless otherwise specified by your doctor.
  • Some huts have showers. Ask us ahead of time, and if there is a shower make sure you bring a lightweight travel towel and a small amount of soap.