Join me for a 3-day, 1-night mountaineering course, maximum 3 of us students with IFMGA guide Marc Chauvin. There are only about 50 IFMGA guides working in the USA. IFMGA means Marc has reached the highest level of certification in all AMGA disciplines (rock, alpine, ski).
I’ve been watching too many episodes of “Everest: Beyond the Limit” which for a few years of Everest expeditions, put helmet cams on Sherpas enabling us to feel, see, experience the trials and tribulations of mountaineering up Everest.
So I got the bug to explore mountaineering, and climbing guide and friend Frank Velez highly recommended taking a course with Marc Chauvin.
THE COURSE, held in New Hampshire:
“This course is for people who have little or no experience with crampons or ice axe. Previous technical climbing experience is not necessary. If you are interested in above tree line winter hiking, skiing the steeps, or climbing volcanoes like those in the Cascades or Mexico, this curriculum will focus on climbing techniques that are often needed for these trips.
We start by covering the basics of crampon and ice axe use on the first day at Willey’s Slide in Crawford Notch. Our second day we will climb in either Huntington or Tuckerman Ravine where we will learn more about snow and ice climbing as well as avalanche awareness. The last day we will attempt to summit Mount Washington via a climb of a gully in one of these great ravines. A super way to get started in winter mountaineering.
Maximum ratio 3:1
3 Days 1 Night”
If one person joins me, the cost will be $655 per person. If two people join me, the cost will be $525 per person. This includes technical equipment and boots (see list link below). This fee goes to the guide, not me. I’ll be paying equally us much for myself to attend. This doesn’t include transportation, food, or lodging (except some food is provided during the course and one night of camping is provided). I’m flying ($58 one-way!) into Boston and hooking up with a bus from the airport to Conway, NH. I’ll be staying in Conway, NH; there’s a youth hostel there (open to all ages). Marc will pick us up and drop us off each day.
TIMING & ICE FEST:
Jan. 30: 8am – 5:30pm
Jan. 31: 8am – overnight
Feb. 1: overnight ends, finish by 5:30pm
This takes place starting two days before and ending on day one of Ice Fest www.mwv-icefest.com/ There may be some discounted gear purchasing and additional mountaineering opportunities, among other fun things, which you or we can join in on if you stay for Ice Fest. I’ll be there that weekend; not sure what I’ll do.
Equipment list: www.chauvinguides.com/eguip.htm
Please let me know if you’re interested in joining in. Thanks!