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Alpine Climbing with High Peak Adventures

Imagine moving through the mountains, across any terrain or conditions, accessing ridges and summits, looking out over the valleys below.  Belonging in this place…
 We will take you there!
Along the way, we will show you how to use the tools of the trade and move through the terrain with confidence, allowing you to fully enjoy and appreciate the alpine environment around you.

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Our home base in the Chamonix Valley of the western Alps provides access to some of the most remarkable and inspiring mountains in the world. We offer climbing lessons and guided experiences for people of all abilities, from first-time climbers to expert alpinists.  Rates start at €300-400/day, and vary based on the desired objective and number of participants.  Our most popular trips are week-long itineraries with built in progressions to both develop skills and get acclimated for the big peaks.  Contact us for details and agenda specific pricing.

The possibilities in the Alps are endless – listed below are some of our popular trips. Custom itineraries are also available.

Featured Objectives:

Climbing on the Cosmiques Arete on the Mont Blanc MassifLoaded with amazing alpine objectives & rock climbs, the Mont Blanc massif & greater Chamonix area offer a large selection of routes, many accessible via cable car or a short glacier approach. Classics include, but are not limited to:

  • The Cosmiques Arête & South Face of the Aiguille du Midi (Grade II, 5.6-5.9)
  • Classic rock climbs in the Vallee Blanche and Argentiere Basin (Grade II-IV, 5.6 – 5.10+)
  • Routes on and around the Aiguille du Tour (easy snow to technical mixed routes)
  • The Dent du Géant, Marbrées & Entrèves Traverses, Tour Ronde and more (easy ridge traverses & more difficult climbs)
  • The ultra-classic Midi-Plan Traverse – snow & mixed traverse to a beautiful summit
  • A classic ascent of Mont Blanc, via the Dôme du Goûter or the Trois Monts traverse

See the rock climbing page for more classic alpine rock routes, and inquire for specific pricing.  Rates are €300-€600/day depending on guide/client ratio, route length and difficulty.

Matterhorn SummitOne of the most famous mountains in the world, the Matterhorn begs any aspiring alpinist to challenge him or herself on its stunning ridges. Standing at 14,692 ft (4,478 meters), the Matterhorn dominates the view above Zermatt in Switzerland & Cervinia in Italy.  While not technically difficult at around 5.6-5.7, the routes are long and always include sections of snow and ice, and steep fixed ropes.  Therefore climbing this peak requires solid alpine climbing skills and plenty of stamina for the 4,000 ft ascent.

Note that Matterhorn ascents typically include training climbs around Chamonix or the Zermatt region to tune up on required skills and help with acclimatization. For those who don’t climb regularly in the Alps, we recommend a 4-5 day climbing schedule, with a rock day, climbing on some lesser peaks and culminating in the Matterhorn summit climb.  For more experienced climbers we can put together shorter itineraries.  Pricing starts at €500/day for the guide, plus expenses.  We can also arrange a custom agenda to make the most of your trip, including hotel recommendations and enjoying the best restaurants in Zermatt.

Climbing on the Mitteliggi Ridge fo the Eiger in SwitzerlandOne of our favorite mountains in the Alps, the Eiger’s reputation as a challenging mountain proceeds itself. Standing just under 4,000 meters in the Bernese Oberland, the Eiger offers several routes with an incredible variety of difficulty and terrain – from the snowy west face to the perilous Nordwand, the peak itself is a veritable alpine playground.  Jeff has climbed on all four points of the peak and one of his all-time favorite climbs was making an ascent of the North Face in winter conditions.

A great introduction to the Eiger is the classic Mittellegi Ridge. A rock and snow alpine route no more difficult than the Matterhorn, this is a very obtainable goal for the aspiring alpinist. Solid skills with an ice ax and crampons and climbing mid-5th class rock in boots are part of the drill. Not only is this peak a great warm-up for the Matterhorn, but the nearby Monch and Jungfrau make great additional climbs to get on while we are up in the mountains, and help with acclimating for bigger peaks like the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.  Pricing starts at €500/day.

Mont Blanc Royal Arete, Arete du Gouter

The King of the Alps, Mont Blanc watches over the Chamonix Valley, perennially draped with snow and glaciers and inviting climbers to ascend its flanks. Standing at 4,808 meters (15,774 ft), Mont Blanc is the highest peak in all of Western Europe.

With routes from medium to extreme difficulty to choose from, at a minimum this peak requires strong cramponing and ice axe skills, coupled with perseverance and determination to reach the summit. A typical schedule involves 3-days of climbing, and prior acclimatization climbs are highly recommended. Gran Paradiso, the highest peak in Italy is a great option for this.  Pricing starts at €400/day or €1200 for a traditional three day ascent.

For experienced climbers seeking a greater technical challenge, consider traversing to the summit via the classic Frontier Ridge on Mont Maudit or over the stunning Innominata Ridge from Italy.  Rates for higher difficulty objectives start at €500/day.

For those making the trip out to the Alps from faraway lands, we recommend an agenda that links up climbs on a few of the 4,000 meter peaks to maximize your time in the mountains!  Here are a few ideas/agendas to consider:

The classic alpine trilogy involves climbing the Eiger, the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, some of the most renowned peaks anywhere in the world. This linkup covers several regions and is logistically complex, but includes climbing some of the most beautiful peaks in the Alps.

Located in the Bernese Oberland above Grindelwald, Switzerland, climbing the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau is great tour.

Traversing Piz Palu, Piz Roseg and Piz Bernina outside of St Moritz in the Engadine Valley of Switzerland provides a great experience in a region that also offers great family hiking.

The traverse of the peaks around Monta Rosa is known as the “Spaghetti tour” for the way it weaves in and out of Italy and Switzerland, following the stunning alpine crest border between the two countries, and feasting on Italian pasta along the way. This 5-day traverse starts and ends in Zermatt, Switzerland or Cervinia, Italy, and includes 5 of the 4000 meter peaks.

With 82 peaks in the Alps over 4000 meters, there are more options then you can shake a stick at – some people spend a lifetime trying to climb them all, while a handful of people have accomplished the feat in a mere season (both summer & winter!).  Interested in ticking a few of them off?  Get in touch!

Skills Development Courses

Want to become a more self-reliant and independent climber? Consider taking a course to develop your skills. With a background steeped in education and instruction, we offer a variety of instructional courses to help hone specific skills oriented towards safe travel in the mountains. Options include:

Climb with Jeff

This course covers everything from the basics to advanced technical systems.  Learn to use your ice axe and crampons properly in a variety of mediums (i.e. snow, ice, and rock), develop your rope handling skills and advance your trip/climb preparation skills.  For more experienced climbers, we can progress to other topics such as refining your efficiency in alpine terrain, discuss different anchoring techniques and applications, strategy for light and fast movement, advanced planning and preparation, ways to train more effectively, etc.

Climb with JeffWant to be a better partner in the mountains? Learn the fundamentals on rescuing a fallen or injured leader. This is a great course for partners to take together and learn the necessary skills for safely getting to an injured leader to help them and retreating from the route.

Glacier travelTraveling on glaciers always presents the risk of crevasse falls, and being prepared to rescue your partner is essential. This course introduces participants to the key elements for safe travel on glaciers, including building snow and ice anchors,  ascending out of a crevasse on a fixed line, and extracting an injured victim from a crevasse.

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