Summer climbing in the Alps
I have spent many seasons Alpine climbing, and a several years living year round in the Chamonix valley, and working full time as an Alpine Guide from there. I have guided all over the Alps from Mont Blanc to the Dolomites, on a huge range of Alpine climbs from introductory glacier treks to long Alpine technical rock and mixed routes. The ‘normal’ summer season is from mid June to mid September, as this is when most of the mountain refuges are open and the mountains are purged of the winter snow. During this period I am available for private guiding, with the emphasis mainly on private groups or individuals looking for adventures off the beaten track.
I can cater for all levels of guided Alpine mountaineering and climbing, ranging from Alpine rock climbing and introductory Alpine climbing, to classic 4000m summits and more technical peaks. I’m also very happy teaching or coaching skills of Alpinism, so that you can build your experience and discover the Alpine peaks by yourself. On the whole I don’t offer Mont Blanc or Matterhorn courses as there are many other Guides and specialist companies who already do that very well, so prefer to offer an Alpine experience which is more aimed at getting away from the crowds on equally fine mountains.
In late September and October, and even into early November, it is possible to have some fun out of season Alpine adventures, in the superb Alpine autumn. With a bit more effort to combat slightly colder temperatures, and the fact that many huts and lifts are closing or closed, often good periods of settled weather can be enjoyed at this time, along with quiet mountains, incredible light and changing colours. Perhaps with the rising temperatures this could be the shape of things to come, and autumn will be the new summer!
Any Alpine summer or autumn guiding would have to be arranged on a bespoke basis. Contact me to discuss options if you are interested in this.