Rock Climbing CourseTowards autonomy!
Rock climbing is more than just one side of alpinism, it's a sport in itself, that will be present at the next Olympics! The goal with this course is to enable the occasional climber to get more autonomy on sport climbing crags, and, at the end of the course, to discover mutli-pitch climbing.
Belaying a partner, rapelling and climbing several pitches will be among the tachniques that will be studied in detail, the goal being that you master them by the end of this course.
Each type of rock will also enable us to work on our technique and broaden our possibilities.You will learn to climb slabs, overhangs, corners and all different fetures that the rock is offering us.
And last, but not least, climbing in a beautiful and preserved nature is a great way to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with ourselves.
A few facts about the course
Sport climbing crags, 10 to 30m high
Multi-pitch: from 60 to 400m
How much rope you will have to coil duriong the course : approx 1000m !
Duration: 3 full days from 9am to 5pm, 1 rest day, 1 whole day for the multi-pitch route.
Elevation: 1200 to 3000m asl
Maximum number of participants per guide: 6
Climbing in the Maurienne Valley
This long Alpine valley is more famous for skiing than for climbing.
But since a few decades, both local guides and climbers have developped and bolted many sport crags and higher cliffs.
The geology of the intern Alps is very complex here, and it's no surprise that the variety of rocks is so wide: granits in the lower part of the Maurienne, close to the Lauzière massive, lots of limestone including the tallest limestone cliff (La Croix des Têtes, more than 700m of climbing!), gneiss in Bonneval, conglomerates and quartzite around Aussois.
With this amount of different rocks comes a great variety in the styles of climbing, and makes Maurienne a great place to improve your skills.
The geological map to the right shows the incredible amount of different rocks in that valley!
Am I good enough to sign up?
This is a beginner course.
All the experience you need is a few days climbing, indoor or outdoor, using a rope or just bouldering.
If you're able to climb french 5b on top rope and if you have a high motivation, this course is for you.
No prior knowledge of rope techniques is required.
The guides's favourites
There are much more possibilities for climbing in Maurienne than we have time showing you in 4 days. Fortunately, there are some that we love a bit more than the others...
The Rocher des Amoureux is a staple for the local climbing scene, and for all levels, and it's perfect for a first day. Here, there are routes for all levels, and a long rappel (abseil) to practice at the end of the day. Not to be forgotten, an outdoor pub at the foot of the crag.
Then Marie-Christine and Côte Blanche are great places to improve your technique on limestone.
If the weather is getting too hot, the Planay in Bramans, or the Drailles Blanches in Bessans are altitude crags that stay cool at the warmest of summer.
In the valley of Fournache, Vanoise National Park, we'll find a wide choice of multi-pitch routes, in beautiful surroundings of alpine meadows, glaciers and peaks.
(Note that this is only a proposition, the day to day program will be adjusted every day by the guide, according to the groups level and the planned learning situations)
Climbing in Maurienne: the guidebook
The new edition of the climbing guidebook came out in 2020!
A whole lot of new routes that have been open recently have been added, from Modane to Bonneval, offering now an incredible choice of routes with a lot of variation.
Food for thought!
3 to 6 persons in a group for the whole duration of the course.
- 4 days climbing with an IFMGA Mountain Guide
- Technical gear (except climbing shoes)
- A BBQ on wednesday evening 😉
Not Included :
- Lodging, drinks and food (except for wednesdays dinner)
- Climbing shoes
- Personal insurances
Lodging and meeting point
This course is suitable if you are staying bewteen Modane and Val-Cenis.
If you need help for lodging, we can help you and book via one of our partners, just get in touch.
We'll meet every morning directly at the crag, or at the Upguides office (ZA des Favière- Sollières, Plus code: 7R87+P4 Sollières-Sardières)