Castor, Pollux and Lyskamm’s Nose – Advanced Mountaineering Stage

5 intense days where you can acquire all the necessary tools for new and exciting mountaineering projects

Prezzo: 949,00

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Add insurance for dangerous sports

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Reach Castor, Pollux, the Lyskamm’s Nose and take part in an advanced mountaineering course

Schedule

The following program may be subject to change at the sole discretion of the instructor due to weather reasons or safety conditions on the glacier.

DAY 1

• Appointment in Brusson at around 11am, introductions and transfer to the Extrapieraz crag
• Afternoon at the crag where we will tackle rope maneuvers and rock progression techniques
• Free dinner, overnight stay and breakfast in a hotel in Ayas (included in the price, double/triple rooms, check in from 3pm to 9pm, late check in can be agreed upon)

DAY 2

• Meet at around 10am in St. Jacques to take the taxi to the Verra Superiore and walk up towards the Ayas Guides refuge at the Rocce of Lambronecca
• Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.

DAY 3

• ascent to Pollux (4091m), subsequent descent along the same path to the Lambronecca refuge
• Theoretical-practical lesson on glacial terrain, review of crevasse rescue maneuvers and management of steep terrain progression
• Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 4

• Ascent to Castore (4221m) along its west face and descent to the Quintino Sella refuge at Felik
• Dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 5

• Wake up early. Ascent to the Lyskamm Nose and descent to the Indren glacier
• Descent to Gressoney by lifts from Punta Indren. Always ascent via the lifts to the Bettaforca pass and descend partly on foot, partly with the lifts to Frachey

Participants

• 3 per guide

Dates

The expected duration of the internships is 5 days
• From 26th to 30th June 2024
• From 03 to 07 July 2024
• From 10th to 14th July 2024
• From 17th to 21st July 2024
• From 24th to 28th July 2024
• From 31st July to 4th August 2024
• From 07 to 11 August 2024
• From 14th to 18th August 2024
• From 28th August to 1st September 2024
• From 04 to 08 September 2024
Participants: Maximum 3 per guide

PRICES:

  • 2 participants: €1199
  • 3 participants: €949

 

Required skills

Excellent physical condition. Trained person who practices sports even at a non-competitive level. Ability to tackle summer trekking around 2000m in altitude without too much effort. Have successfully completed a Basic stage with Adventure Dreamers or comparable basic level 4000m mountaineering curriculum.

You can see this article for a comparison.

Excellent physical condition. Trained person who practices sports even at a non-competitive level. Ability to tackle summer trekking around 2000m in altitude without too much effort. Have successfully completed a Basic stage with Adventure Dreamers or comparable basic level 4000m mountaineering curriculum.

You can see this article for a comparison.

The price includes

  • Mountain Guide Instructor for 5 days;
  • Accommodation for the mountain guide half board included;
  • 1 night in Ayas in a hotel (in a double/triple room, overnight stay and breakfast included in the price!)
  • Common equipment (ropes, carabiners, quickdraws)
  • Sign up to the Adventure Dreamers group in your region and be able to participate in free self-organized activities of our members throughout the year.

The price does not include

  • All overnight stays in refuges (except the hotel in Ayas);
  • Mountain guide lunches (to be divided among the participants of the group)
  • Guide cable car expenses (to be divided among the participants of the group)
  • Travel expenses;
  • Snacks and any packed lunches or lunches in the refuge;
  • Monte Rosa cable car (approximately €40);
  • Taxi (€60 total to be divided among participants);
  • Personal mountaineering equipment (can be rented – See FAQ below)
  • Possibility to rent boots (at Monturastore AlpStation in Aosta)
  • Supplementary accident insurance ► more information
  • Everything that is not listed in the “the price includes” section

EXPECTED EXPENSES FOR THE REFUGES (to be paid on site)
• 2 nights at the Ayas Guides Refuge, half board (150€);
• 1 night at Rifugio Quintino Sella, half board (94€ non-CAI members)(78€ CAI members)

Required personal equipment

  • Layered clothing suitable for high mountains (see FAQ)
  • Harness, crampons, ice ax and helmet (can be rented, see FAQ below)
  • Sunglasses (at least cat. 3, preferably 4), sun screen, hat, neck warmer, two pairs of snow gloves, thermos or water bottle depending on the temperature, 30/40 liter backpack
  • Rigid, high-ankle, waterproof mountain boots

See FAQ for a complete list of equipment and clothing

The Guides

AD collaborates exclusively with IFMGA/UIAGM certified Mountain Guides

Over the years, an excellent relationship of collaboration, trust and friendship has been established with all the guides chosen for our events. We are a guarantee of a professional service carried out safely thanks to the experience of our guides.

FAQ

Domande frequenti
Excellent physical condition. Trained person who practices sports even at a non-competitive level. Ability to tackle summer trekking around 2000m in altitude without too much effort. Have successfully completed a Basic stage with Adventure Dreamers or comparable basic level 4000m mountaineering curriculum. You can see this article for comparison.
Obviously good physical shape allows you to progress faster. Progression above 4000m is more tiring than at low altitude, this is due to the lack of oxygen. If you have mountain experience even in the winter season and have already reached another 4000m you will be able to participate

– 5 days with a mountain guide
– The guide’s accommodation and half board costs – Membership in the Adventure Dreamers group in your region, being able to participate in free self-organized activities of our members throughout the year.

However, it does not include nights and half board in the refuges, guide lunches, cable cars, other transfers, travel to the places where the event takes place and the rental of ice axes, crampons and harnesses.
The event will take place in the Monte Rosa massif in the locations indicated in the Program. However, due to weather conditions or the state of the glaciers and in any case for safety reasons, the Alpine Guide reserves the right to modify the program at its sole discretion.
It is possible to organize car sharing from Milan, Turin or the main urban centers and share travel costs, also for those arriving by public transport in Aosta. The organization of transports is personal. It can be organized among participants on a WhatsApp group created by us to share cars.

Meeting in Cervinia on the first day between 11:00 and lunch time. (time and location will be communicated on the WhatsApp group).
The WhatsApp group will be created about a week before the event!

The cars will be left in Cervinia and picked up on the second day to move to Gressoney. From day 3 to day 5 the cars will be left in the car park of the Staffal, Gressoney cable cars.
In the mornings the wake-up call is always around 5am (the time will depend on the temperatures). All itineraries will be undertaken at first light for reasons of safety and stability of the glacier.
The mountain guides will establish the time based on the weather conditions of the days, which are always subject to changes for your safety and that of others.

Meeting in Cervinia on the first day around 11am (time and location will be communicated on the WhatsApp group).

The WhatsApp group will be created about a week before the event!
In case of bad weather predicted by the guide the event will be canceled. If the guide decides to confirm the event because he considers a high success rate and sufficient safety conditions with respect to the weather, the cost of the event will not be refundable. No refunds will be given if a member of the group is unable to reach the summit or if the guide decides to descend due to reasons due to the group’s abilities or the weather.
Winter mountain clothing, “onion” clothing is recommended, i.e. with various layers to be adjusted based on the temperature:
– thermal underwear
– pail or soft shell type layer – waterproof shell + warm down jacket or similar
– Trousers in soft-shell or goretex shell or similar
– Hat or headband
– two pairs of snow gloves (one warm and one lighter and more sensitive)
– fog mask and sunglasses
– UV rays protective cream
– rigid waterproof boots (high ankle trekking boots without insert for semi or automatic crampons).
– Front
– Backpack 30/40 LT
– Sheet bag
– Telescopic poles (optional but very useful)
– Waterproof, rigid, high-ankle mountain boots (boots for universal crampons are also fine)
-bars/dried fruit/gel for the climb
-water bottle

– Mountaineering equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet) ► Possibility of rental or purchase of the equipment in agreement!
– Boots can be rented at the Alp Station shop in Aosta (you have to arrange the rental yourself)
Common equipment such as ropes, webbing, carabiners etc. available from the mountain guide.

RENTAL The request for rental equipment must be communicated in good time, at least one week before the start of the event.
However, we recommend communicating this when purchasing the event. The guide will bring all the equipment directly to the event.

You can book your equipment from HERE

NOTE: We do not provide boot rental. Boots can be rented at the Monturastore AlpStation shop in Aosta (you have to arrange the rental yourself, the shop is located in Saint-christophe, Aosta, tel. 0165 267898) Useful links for choosing equipment and clothing:
Clothing and equipment for mountaineering, ski touring and ice climbing
• BAD WEATHER: In case of bad weather predicted by the guide, the event will be canceled by the guide. If the guide decides to confirm the event because he considers a high success rate and sufficient safety conditions in relation to the weather, the climb will be confirmed and the cost of the event will not be refundable. Usually the dawn is stable in the mountains, to guarantee the success of the stage, the wake-up and ascent times may be changed.
• FAILURE TO PARTICIPATE: if you are unable to participate due to personal reasons it will not be possible to receive a refund.
• FAILURE TO REACH THE MINIMUM NUMBER: if the group of participants does not reach the minimum number, you will be entitled to a refund or you can use the fee for any other event. It’s your choice!
• INAPPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT: it is not possible to receive a refund if you do not have the mandatory technical equipment and/or unsuitable clothing. In this case the guide may decide not to let you participate in the climb • FAILURE TO REACH A PEAK: in case of failure to reach a peak foreseen in the program, no refund will be provided.
• OTHER CAUSES: for any other cause of cancellation on our part you are entitled to a refund.
• COVID OR OTHER ILLNESSES/INJURIES: there is no refund due to COVID, various injuries or other illnesses. No refunds will be given if a member of the group is unable to reach the summit or if the guide decides to descend due to reasons due to the group’s abilities or the weather. The group agrees to respect the unquestionable judgment of the Alpine Guide and that nothing is owed by the organization.
To consult all the information relating to our courses click HERE

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