ALPINISM “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing, and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.” Ernest Hemingway.
Forget the games! Whether you’re an experienced alpinist or novice, Olly can help you achieve your mountaineering aspirations.
Alpinism is an unbeatable combination of physical effort, mental agility and dogged determination, rewarded by unparalleled views and lasting memories. When you’re up for the challenge, his alpine courses include all the classics such Mt Blanc, the Matterhorn and the Eiger as well as encompassing itineraries for the alpine novice.
Olly will carefully plan an itinerary and ensure there are low guiding ratios throughout (max 1-3). This is imperative for objective success and personal skill development. There is no ‘quick hit’ where Alpinism is concerned and adequate time for acclimatisation can never be stressed enough.
Most itineraries run from mid June to the end of September and run over six days. If you want it quiet come in June or September or alternatively choose some more esoteric areas.
These are by no means exhaustive but give you a flavour of what’s on offer.
Summer Haute Route – Walk from Chamonix to Zermatt crossing spectacular alpine terrain. Alpine Introduction – Pick up new skills and do some awesome climbing along the way. Mont Blanc – The highest mountain in western Europe with unparalleled views. Swiss 4000m – Classics like the, Allalin Horn, Weismeiss , Lagginhorn, Strahlhorn, Castor and Pollux. Technical 4000m – Dent du Geant, Zinal Rothorn, Breithorn, Monch. Jungfrau, Dent Blanche. Technical Alpinism – Matterhorn, Eiger, Taschorn, Obergabelhorn, Liskamm, Bionnassay.
Or - Let Olly take you on a magical mystery tour and based on your aspirations and needs tailor a course to suit the prevailing conditions. Contrary to hearsay Olly cannot help you with your “Bullfighting” or “Motor Racing” skills!