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Topic - Alpine beginner course

momuscles69 - on 28 Jul 2013
Hi guys,

I've been a silent member on here for a while but have yet to leave a post!

I'm basically looking at going to the Alps this September for the first time mountaineering (I've been Cham before but only to ski).

I have done quite a lot of UK mountains in summer with a little at winter, and have done quite a bit of lead roping at climbing walls etc.

I was thinking of booking a course like the Intro summits 4000m course with ISM for a week and then maybe hiring a guide for 3 days to ascend Mont Blanc. Are the different levels of Alpine courses significantly different? As there seems to be 3 levels of Alpine instructing all at 1300 each. Would it make more sense and maybe cheaper to hire a guide for say 10 days and for him to teach me all levels of Alpine instructing whilst climbing MB.

I'd quite like to ascend MB without a guide but I don't know how competent I will be after the ISM course and its also a matter of finding a climbing partner, which I don't have.

Any suggestions on the quality of course, idea of guides etc will be greatly appreciated


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