Scylla wrote:Well Mont Blanc is not our only option. How about Everest Base Camp? From what I'm seeing it also seems quite beginner friendly. What about Kili?
This may sound silly to seasoned climbers and true lovers of the sport. However, many in the group are taking time off of work and flying half way across the world, so they are expecting to get some bragging rights. Obviously though, no one wants to kill themselves for that. However, a somewhat recognizable peak would go a long way. Again, sorry if this sounds silly to you guys. I'm sure for many of us after our first climb we'll be addicted and not care about such things anymore.
Do I Need Previous Mountaineering Experience?
No. If you've done this sort of thing before you'll certainly find your experience useful, and our guides will be available throughout the week to teach you new skills if you're interested to learn. If this is your first time however it's not a problem, as all the necessary instruction in the use of ice axe, crampons, etc. is included in the week.
Is This Something I Could Do?
If like many of our clients you’ve not done anything like this before, it can be hard to get a clear idea of what’s involved in climbing Mont Blanc, as it’s not easy to make comparisons with other activities (if you have climbed before however, Mont Blanc is generally considered to be quite a bit harder than the normal route on Kilimanjaro). The actual ascent day is by far the toughest and involves 1600m of height gain, usually spread over around 12 hours. This is taken at a very slow pace however, and we will have carefully checked your equipment beforehand, to ensure that your rucksack is as light as possible, usually only a few kilos. Guides are experts at setting the right pace for their clients, and you will never be rushed unnecessarily but encouraged to find your own rhythm – trying to go too fast is a common problem. You will be roped up (generally 2 clients to 1 guide) for the ascent, though technical difficulty is not high and you hardly need to use your hands to climb at all.
We will also of course make sure you’re fully prepared for the ascent by practising all techniques involving ice axes, crampons, etc. during the first three training/acclimatisation days, so you don't need any previous mountaineering experience. (if you have climbed before however and would like to learn more, the guides will be happy to include some instructional sessions for you, e.g. in the evening in the mountain huts).
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