/ Alpine Beginner...
Recently I have booked onto the ARC'TERYX Alpine academy as a first introduction to alpine climbing... as I have never been alpine climbing my knowledge is limited and I'd appreciate some advice (thanks in advance!).
This may be a stupid question, but here it goes... on their site ARC'TERYX recommend arriving a day or two early to help acclimate, however the company I work for have just decided that they want to send me over to Amsterdam until the Thursday so I cannot arrive early as the first day out is the Friday. Could this actually be a problem or will I just spend the day out of breath? I wouldn't have thought the day is going to be too strenuous as I have only booked an introduction to glacier travel and surely this would limit the altitude we'll actually travel up to...
What will the approx. temperature in June between 3000-4000m out of the shade? I can't actually find temperatures quoted anywhere, is just below 0C a fair guess?
How much is a ticket up the Aiguille Du Midi?
Could anyone recommend somewhere to stay in Chamonix? I am just looking for somewhere that is cheap and not too far from Aiguille Du Midi base station (ideally walking distance). I was thinking of camping, however now that I have to fly directly from Amsterdam to Geneva it would mean taking a tent ect with me on a business trip, which although not impossible would be awkward.
For the lack of acclimatisation, I don't think being there two days in advance will make a whole load of difference. It takes 45 days to acclimatise fully to 4,000m. Aspirin, water and abstinence from alcohol will all help (one of body's immediate responses to altitude is to reduce blood plasma volume, so your blood gets thicker, which is alleviated by aspirin and exacerbated by dehydration). And being really fit will help with the scarcity of oxygen.
That may be theoretically true, but not for practical purposes. Most people can do a 4,000m peak without ill effects after a week or so and feel fully acclimatised to 4000m after a fortnight.
45 days is what it takes to climb an 8000m peak, not an Alpine 4000er!
Yeah my last acclimatisation was a trip up to Hohsaas on one day followed by a trip up to the Mittelallalin for some crevasse rescue practise followed by the Wiessmiess normal route. Didn't have any problems.
The Nadelhorn however.............
I didn't say you needed 45 days acclimatisation to climb a 4000m peak. I said it took 45 days to acclimatise fully to 4000m, i.e. that after 45 days the process of physiological adaptation to that altitude is complete. The point I was making is that arriving in Chamonix a couple of days in advance will not make a whole lot of difference.
It does though.
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