As the event weekend is located in high altitude areas around Mont-Blanc, we recommend an early arrival to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (at least one day prior to start) to make sure your body gets used to the altitude.
Most of the clinics will be held around the Col du Midi, at the foot of the South face of the Aiguille du Midi. Professional guides will lead participants down the East Arête from the cable-car station. This steep snow ridge can be intimidating if you are afraid of heights. There will be enough guides to ensure safety.
Due to weather and local conditions all schedules are subject to change. If conditions don’t allow the clinic you have signed up for, we will find an alternative plan with the guides.
For all clinic participation the following basic mountaineering equipment is required:
- Mountaineering boots (crampon compatible)
- Functional and warm clothes
- Waterproof protection (jacket and pants)
- Gaiters (optional)
- Gloves, hat
- Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, lip protection)
- Thermal flask, bottle
- Hiking poles (optional)
- Food: Please bring enough food and water (at least 2 litres) for a full day in the mountains.
Please also read through the clinic descriptions and the specific equipment requirements listed there.
Please bring whatever gear you own that is relevant to the course and that you normally use. There will be some demo gear available to test, but we cannot guarantee sufficient availability.