This is the 20th year of our mountain guides School in Arco at Lake Garda Dolomites Alps Italy. According to our guests' opinion these are the highlights of hiking climbing canyoning via ferrata trips and courses

Mountain guides Alpine School - Arco Lake Garda Trentino - Dolomites Alps Italy

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Our proposals for rock climbing and alpine courses at Lake Garda Dolomites Alps Italy

Personal intensive course Lake Garda
hrs. 5/6 - pax 2 - EU 149,00

Weekly courses beginners Dolomites
3 days - pax 3/5 - EU 310,00

Weekly rock climbing for advanced
3 days - pax 3/4 - EU 350,00

Week-end rock climbing courses
2 days - pax 3/5 - EU 220,00

Alpine courses Alps (mountain hut)
5 days - pax 3/5 - EU 690,00 (BB incl.)

Courses and trekking Kalymnos Island
5 days - pax 4/5 - EU 667,00

Classical multipitch routes in the Alps
hrs. 4/6 - pax 2 - from EU 300,00

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Information on rock climbing at Lake Garda Italy

Personal intensive courses

With max. 2 participants you can benefit from the didactic capacity of our mountain guide who can look back upon more than 20 years of teaching climbing in our Alpine School of Arco in Italy. It is possible to choose the dates, the number of climbing days as well as the venues, difficulty degrees and didactical preferences. One mountain guide with two guests is an ideal group for a multi-pitch route up to 400 m with ca. 12 pitches.

course for beginners, a short explanation:

The climbing courses will take place in one of the many climbing areas around Arco. On natural vertical rock walls (equipped with SPIT) the participants are learning to climb by using the "top-rope" system on single pitch routes. It permits the climber to "fall" in any moment and all that can happen is, that the climber remains "hanging" on the rope - a rope which has a capacity of up to 2.000 kg - this is a maximum of security. One day of activity has a duration of approx. 4 to 5 hours. A licensed Mountain Guide will teach knot- , belaying- and techniques which are the base of every type of mountain activity such as "Vie ferrate" (iron/ladder paths) or even ice climbing. We prefer to perform our courses with a small number of participants in order to provide a maximum of service and success for each beginning climber. Thus the Mountain Guide can concentrate on each participant individually, he can evaluate and correct possible mistakes and contribute to make a large progress. You may ask our Guide for advice regarding any type of alpine activity.

For advanced rock climber' s

The goal of most participants in "advanced courses" is to go climb independently and to "lead" In the beginning of the course we still climb top-rope on difficult routes trying to reach the limit our your capacity with the objective to attain a higher degree, to correct possible mistakes and to refine your climbing technique. Next step in the course is advanced rope and rock climbing techniques for climbers who are "leading". The success of the courses depends on the participants' prior experience and a small number of participants; upon request it is also possible to do multi-pitch routes.

Information on and booking

Any type of requests as well as reservations should be made at least 20 days by e-mal prior to the start of the course with our Alpine School of Arco Italy. You should indicate the number of participants, possible prior mountaineering experience as well as any information necessary to guarantee a successful and efficient course.

Necessary equipment

All the material which is necessary will be made available free of charge by our Mountain Guides (this includes as well shoes, harness, helmet). This service is included in our rates. If you need help choosing the suitable gear, the Guides may give you some good advice.

What happens, if it rains in Arco ?

Sometimes it may rain even in Arco and there is the chance that a day of your course cannot take place due to bad weather. It is our pleasure to postpone the 'lost' day to another date. If this should not be possible, of course we are not going to charge the full rate for the lost day instead we are only retaining the deposit payment already paid. The same applies to partially used days. In any case the deposit payment is non refundable, as the Alpine School Arco – in order to provide you with a perfect service - is sustaining the same costs … even with bad weather. You will not lose the deposit for your booking and possible lost days, as you may use it within a 2 year time frame or 'transfer' it to a friend.

Insurance for our participants

Each Guide of Alpine climbing School Arco Italy are government licensed Mountain Guides with an international diploma and are officially registered with the regional and international Mountain Guide' s Association. With no exception, all of them have a third party liability insurance towards their clients.

The crags in Arco Lake Garda Dolomites Italy

Year after year the Northern area of the Lake Garda (Arco) is presenting itself as the rock climber' s and mountaineering capital. Responsible for this success are the facts that the area is offering walls of up to 1.200 m altitude as well as rocks and boulders suitable for rock climbing. The limestone' s structures allow to perform safely and elegantly all kinds of techniques. The Mediterranean climate, mild in winter and refreshing in summer, permits each kind of climbing almost throughout the whole year.
The participation is independent of age and does not require special physical conditions. If you love outdoor activities and, if you are anxious to discover something "new", this is the right course for you. Climbing may be considered as one of the most comprehensive types of sport as you do not only need almost all of your body fibers but also your brain.

Rock climbing on Kalymnos Island (Greece)

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 rock 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 50 crags with more than 1000 single pitch routes. There are also some multi-pitch routes available. During our last trips on Kalymnos Island, we have visited some sectors which have been just recently opened. In particular, we went in those areas where there are almost only easy routes from 4 to 6a, also suitable for beginners. We went 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. 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-TRIP 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 Alpine School Arco will be in Kalymnos. You have the possibility to book 5-day rock climbing courses or personal tuition.

No. of participants: 4 - 5 / Price per person: EUR 667,00

Why should I buy a Gri-Gri from now on?!

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, Smart). 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 Alpine School Arco 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 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 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 60 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?

NEWS: the new gri-gri 2 is on the market, I have tested it for a long time and have bought it immediately!

Bericht von
Delio Zenatti - Intl. staatl. gepr. Bergfuehrer (UAGM) - Kletterschule Alpinschule Arco am Gardasee Dolomiten Trentino Italien

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