This year is the 20th anniversary of the foundation of our mountain guides School in Arco at Lake Garda Dolomites Alps Italy. According to our guests' opinion these are the highlights of our proposals, trips, trekking, rock climbing and courses of our mountain guides in Italy.
|1||PERSONAL INTENSIVE CLIMBING COURSE LAKE GARDA||1 - 5/6||2||149,00|
|2||WEEKLY CLIMBING COURSES BEGINNERS DOLOMITES||3 - 4/5||3 - 5||310,00|
|3||WEEKLY CLIMBING COURSES ADVANCED||3 - 5/6||3 - 4||350,00|
|4||ROCK CLIMBING COURSES ON KALYMNOS (GR)||5 - 4/5||4 - 5||590,00|
|5||MOUNTAINEERING COURSES ALPS (mountain lodge)||5 - 5/6||3 - 5||690,00|
|6||Week-end rock climbing courses||2 - 4/5||3 - 5||220,00|
|7||Rock climbing classical multipitch routes in the Dolomites Alps||1 - ?||1 - 2||from 300,00|
|8||Daily rock climbing instructions at lake Garda Trentino||1 - 4/5||5 - 7||75,00|
Links for rock climbing and alpine sports in the Dolomites Alps Italy
This course is destined for people who love trekking and via ferrata but would like to extend their knowledge in the rocks and on glaciers in order to being able to proceed with mountaineering in high alpine areas in safety. This is our program:
|Day||Program of our mountaineering course|
|1||Meeting point: parking lot at highway exit ROVERETO SUD at 09.00 a.m. - ROCK CLIMBING
lesson in suitable climbing crag; we teach different climbing techniques for example: chimney, cracks, slabs;
different knots, belaying and rope techniques.
Overnight stay in a hotel near Lake Garda Italy.
|2||Departure from the hotel at 08.30 a.m. - ROCK CLIMBING on multi-pitch route near Arco.
Different rope manouvres and rappelling exercises.
Overnight stay in a hotel near Lake Garda Italy.
|3||Departure from Hotel to Marmolada Dolomites (2,5 hrs. by car) - Ascent to glacier -
Lesson: correct use of crampons and ice-pick. Rope manouvres for glacier crossing and rescue from
Overnight stay in mountain lodge in the Marmolada Dolomites
|4||Ascent to the highest Top of Marmolada Glacier - Progression of the rope team on the
glacier and ascent on a short via ferrata to PENIA PEAK (3.340 m.) - total: ca. 7 hrs.
Overnight stay in mountain lodge in the Marmolada Dolomites
|5||Practical lesson: use of alpine equipment, repetition of rope manouvres as well as check of previously acquired knowledge. ALPINGUIDE.COM (mountain guides Arco Trentino) will issue a CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION for each participant indicating the personal results of mountaineering course - descent to the valley: ca. 2 hrs.|
|WHEN: see our CALENDAR - UPON REQUEST
No. of participants: 3 - 5 Price per person: EUR 690,00
(Overnight stay and breakfast in hotel at Lake Garda Italy or mountain lodge Marmolada Dolomites are included in the price. Supplement for single room in Hotel Euro 20,00).
When God created Earth, at the end of his hard work he remained with only some stones in this hands. As he was tired, God threw the stones into the Sea and in this way Kalymnos was born. Now the Greek inhabitants of the Island are claiming that God had created Kalymnos for the climbers: it is really a scrambling paradise for everybody. From beginners to experts: everyone finds his suitable routes. Here is the ideal place for our instruction, guiding, personal tuition and courses: everywhere there are easy routes on multicolor rocks, turquoise sea, blue sky, warm sun. The history of climbing on Kalymnos is very recent. Only in 1996, an Italian climbers couple has discovered Kalymnos as a climbers' paradise. Kalymnos offers a great number and variety of lime stone rocks with different kinds of difficulty degrees (overhangs, caves with stalactites, slabs...). At the moment there are more than 45 crags with more than 850 single pitch routes. There are also some multi-pitch routes available. During our last courses on Kalymnos Island, we have visited some sectors which have been just recently opened. In particular, we have climbed in those areas where there are almost only easy routes from 4 to 6a, also suitable for beginners. We have been climbing in recently opened sectors on fantastic and still "stinging" rocks with routes that sometimes exceed 30 meters. Wherever you are, you can enjoy the panorama, uncontaminated nature and the blue sea typical for Kalymnos. We recommend to wear long, technical climbing trousers both to avoid the pungent shrubs and to protect the knees during climbing. On the new, easy and sharp slabs of Kalymnos, falling while leading is absolutely to be avoided. THE OFFER OF ALPINE SCHOOL ARCO INCLUDES A: 5-DAY-CLIMBING COURSE with an internationally licensed MOUNTAIN GUIDE (language: English, German, Italian), rent of the general technical gear such as rope, quickdraws, carabiners.
In spring and in fall the headquarters of our rock climbing school Arco will be in Kalymnos. You have the possibility to book 5-day rock climbing course or personal tuition. Visit our website:www.kalymnosclimbing.eu
No. of participants: 4 - 5 Price per person: EUR 590,00
Different kinds of belaying devices for rock climbing (from the left) munter hitch knot, ATC or tube, figure-of-eight descender, Cinch, Eddy and Gri-Gri
The easiest answer is: because almost all top climbers of the world are using an automatic
protection device (Gri-Gri, Cinch, Eddy). For the beginners who do not know much about the belaying during rock
climbing, I must explain: it is an "automatic" protection device which blocks the rope automatically, i.e. without
manoeuvre in case of a fall, without intervention by the belayer who does not have to hold the a potential fall
"manually". However, this reason is not sufficient for a large part of the German and English climbers who are
still belaying with their good old figure-of-eight descender or munter hitch knot ... this is what we have been
taught they said.... I would now like to tell a short story about rock climbing.
30 years ago everybody used to belay with the munter hitch knot because there was no alternative. When the first Gri-Gri came on the market, all climbers of the world welcomed this novelty with great enthusiasm, except for the Germans... Why? A famous "mountain guru" roughly wrote in the German press: "The Gri-Gri is difficult to use and hard to learn (true!) and ... it cuts the ropes (of course completely wrong!). Somebody trusted to ask to the "Guru": "Excuse me but what is the best belaying system for rock climbing?" Answer: "The use of the figure-of-eight descender!". Not everyone agreed with the order of the climbing guru because it is extremely difficult to hold a fall manually with the figure-of-eight descender and the chance to let go of the rope because it is burning your hands is very likely. The guru's quick and "logical" answer was: "wear gloves!" and additionally one more order: "... also in the sports rock climbing spots... wear helmet, breast belt, and of course... gloves!" Finally, after more than twenty years of accidents the guru has gotten quiet and I can report the reasons to you only in private. Some time ago someone published an article in the internet: "Hi climbers people... the figure-of-eight descender is dangerous because... (The reasons for this are described above)". Finally but ... too late for many climbers who have fallen down to the ground! These "news" made a large part of German climbers panic: What shall do we do now? Should we buy a Gri-Gri after all? Never (too expensive!), should we switch back again to the munter hitch knot? Reverso or Reversino? Finally a solution came up: "Now we recommend the ATC guide", also called tube! For those who don' t know yet, ATC means "Air Traffic control" it is not a great stupidity? The result is that more and more beginners are coming to our climbing school Arco Lake Garda with a newly bought belt and an old type of ATC (received as a present). The sports shops have to clear their dead stocks shelves again! And now another problem: which type of belaying is taught by "professional climbing schools" or the so-called "climbing teachers"? In my long career I have experienced everything, but what still excites me is what I must see in as well Arco as on Kalymnos in Greece and also in Thailand. In the beginning the "climbing teachers" taught you to belay with the figure-of-eight descender, then they said: "The figure-of-eight descender is dangerous and from now on we are belaying with the ATC. However, when the same "professional climbing teacher" come to Arco or to Kalymnos with their wife or with friends (i.e. without customers) can you imagine what they are taking out of their backpacks?... A Gri-gri! Hey guys! Would you call this "professional" or honest? This is what our professional rock climbing school in Arco at Lake Garda Italy is teaching: our mountain guides demonstrate all types of different belaying devices and systems to their pupils and let them try each type of system and tools. Then everybody can decide for himself what he considers best! And what do our pupils mostly decide on? They rush to the shops in Arco and either buy 9,8-10 mms. rope and a Gri-Gri (in Arco 50 euros - in Germany 85 euros) or if they absolutely want to look trendy they buy a new and thin 8,8-9,4 mms. light, slippery rope together with Cinch or Eddy (in Arco 80 euros). Should I now give advice or tell my opinion after 50 years of climbing experience? No, I am only writing down my personal experience: I am climbing, in spite of my age, either professionally in Arco and on Kalymnos or hobbywise (mostly in Thailand) about 200 days per year. My third Gri-Gri has already been used for five years but I think it is a pity to throw the old and used up device into the garbage! Why, it is only an old thing? Yes, but this device has saved my life at least twenty times! Hello climbers, please consider: do you really think that every person (your woman, your child, your friend) is able to hold the rope in a hand and to save your life in every situation in case of your fall?
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