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ROCK CLIMBING AND MENTAL STRENGTH 2 DAYS

Two day clinic proposing the Level 1 and Level 2 of the The Rock Warrior’s Way ; a mental training program that helps climbers to decrease their fear of falling and increase their commitment to completing their chosen route.

The main purpose of this climbing course, based on Arno Ilgner’s book "The Rock Warrior’s Way", is to help you gain more confidence and knowledge in order to become a stronger yet safer climber. Vincent Hentsch (rock climbing instructor trained by Arno Ilgner) and José Carron (Arc’teryx athlete, IFMGA mountain guide and mindset coach) will help you develop mental strength to apply to your next climbing challenge. You will learn how to fall safely, move and rest better, and apply all learned skills to a challenging route. We'll do this in small increments, creating appropriate progressions for each individual student. You'll leave with a structured method for taking appropriate risks with diminished fear.

Aims of the course: To fall safely, to give a dynamic belay, to distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones, to climb well in no- and yes-fall zones, to break a climb into small risk events, to better risk assessment, to rest effectively, to improve breathing, trust the body, and create flow and momentum, commit more deliberately, and reduce fear.

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Light, packable, highly versatile GORE-TEX PRO shell with hybrid construction.

CERIUM HOODY MEN'S

CERIUM HOODY MEN'S

Light, warm down hoody shines as an alpine midlayer and versatile standalone. *The Cerium Hoody was previously the Cerium LT Hoody.

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GAMMA GUIDE PANT MEN'S

Hybrid softshell pant made to meet the demands of guides and mountain professionals.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Clinics

Are the clinics for experts or can beginners come too?

We have clinics for all levels, so you are bound to find something suited to you. Our guides have a wealth of knowledge and skills that they love to share, so read the clinic descriptions carefully and find one that is in line with your level of fitness, skill, and experience. Also worth noting is that not all of our clinics are physical; many of them are educational and focus on topics such as mountain safety, environmental impact, photography and so on.

How do I know if I have the right level for the clinic that I want to do?

Each clinic has a detailed description on the Arc’teryx Alpine Academy website. It will include a section detailing fitness and experience requirements, it is very important that you read this part carefully and are honest about your level of fitness and experience before signing up to the clinic. If you sign up to a clinic beyond your ability or skill-set you will at the least hinder your group, and at the worst you will endanger people.

When will I be able to book clinics?

The registration will open from March 27, 2024 at 5pm CET (Central European Time). To be able to proceed quickly through check-out, it will be helpful to inform yourself on clinics prior to this date, and also read the Terms and Conditions.

Can children attend?

All our clinics are for adults only, 18 years and older.
There is a lot to discover for children within our Alpine Village, for example challenging themselves at the bouldering wall, creating an piece at the sewing machine or applying a logo with a heat press. All those offers and many more have no age limitations.

What should I bring?

Each clinic has a downloadable detailed equipment list that you will be sent prior to the event. Please bring everything that is listed. Some of the mountaineering equipment is available for rent, please check with local shops for availability and prices. We highly advise to pre-book anything that you may need in case the shop only has limited stock. In the Alpine Village, you will find also demo gear from Arc’teryx (Hardshells, harnesses) and CAMP (ice tools, crampons, belay devices, lanyards, helmets). First come, first serve.

Do I need to bring my own climbing gear?

We recommend you bring your own equipment to use on the clinics. Please label it clearly so it is easily identifiable at the end of the day. Please note we do not take responsibility for lost equipment or kit that is left behind.

Will I need a lift pass?

This depends on the clinics that you have signed up to, you will receive information on this prior to the event.

When do I have to arrive?

This depends on the start time of your clinic; if your clinic is due to start on Thursday evening, for example, you can arrive any time on Thursday afternoon. If you are planning to arrive on the day of your clinic, please respect the meeting time and arrive prepared with all your equipment as described in the clinic description, allowing for any possible transport delays.

To make the most of your experience, please anticipate some acclimatization time, depending where you arrive from. Chamonix is located at 1000m of altitude, many clinics will take place way above 3500m. Some clinics will also have a compulsory pre-meeting the night before, be sure to check this in the clinic description.

What are the start / finish times of the clinics?

Each clinic has specific meeting time which is stated within the full clinic descriptions. In general, the meetings are between 7:00 – 8:30 am. Some clinics also have a pre-briefing meeting the day before; please plan your stay accordingly.Unless you signed up for an overnight clinic, you should be back at the Alpine Village by 4:00 pm.

What happens to my clinic participation, if the weather is bad?

In case of bad weather, we will change the location of the clinic. Please note that we will not cancel the clinic you are booked on, we will automatically propose a plan B. The Chamonix Valley is located right on the borders of Italy and Switzerland and the weather is often different over there. However, please bring your waterproofs to be comfortable in case of rain. Please have your passport and every necessary entry permit with you.

Do you provide food & drinks during clinics?

We do not organise food and drinks on the clinics. However, there are plenty of local bakeries where you can easily buy freshly made sandwiches, quiches, etc. There are also a few grocery stores that sell snacks, dried fruit and drinks. If you stay in a mountain hut, you will be served breakfast and dinner. You can also order a packed lunch for the next day (cash payment only).

Do I need a car during the event?

You do not need a car for the event. Transport to the clinic will be organised by us and will either be in your guide’s car, in a minibus, or on local public transport.