ICE CLIMBING Olly’s Alpine Ice climbing courses are suitable for first time ice climbers as well as those with previous steep ice experience. A five or three day hit on steep ice or a more relaxing time on easier grades, the choice is yours! Flexibility is the key; with a guiding ratio of 1:2, he can tailor the climbing to your level and aspirations and guarantee you an action-packed experience. Whatever the level, Olly will look at safety on ice including;
Placing ice protection
Organisation of belays
Abseiling off ice anchors
Steep ice techniques
Olly bases most of his courses in three world class venues, Chamonix, Cogne and La Grave. With cheap flights, easy route access and reliable conditions, why bother with the ‘S’ word! Or think out of the box, come on a road trip and check out new areas.
Locations La Grave - This is one of the best ice climbing areas in the whole of France. Bourg d'Oisans is the meeting point of the famous Six Valleys and is the gateway to Les Ecrins National Park and has more ice than you can shake a stick at.
Chamonix - Synonymous with Alpinism it also has some pretty good icefalls too. With easy access, the icefalls are spread along the main valley from Trient at one end to the Argentiere glacier at the other.
Cogne - Cogne, on the Val d'Aosta side of the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy is famous for its huge variety of over 100 icefalls. From short pitches - particularly suitable for novices - to more challenging, longer routes and awesome coffee.
Or try something different and seek out ice in Italy such Val de Gressoney and Val de Formazza. In Switzerland you can get stuck into Kandersteg or the Val de Bagnes and Val de Herens. If you want a micro Canada with short route approaches Slovenia is the place, just don’t drink the home brew!