An educational weekend took place earlier this month (8-10 June) at the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix. Presented as a weekend of mountaineering education, experience and inspiration, alpine beginners and skilled mountaineers from Switzerland, France, Italy, UK, Germany and Scandinavia took part in a variety of workshops designed to introduce and hone their mountain skills. Amongst the courses offered were alpine climbing, high altitude mountaineering, mountain rescue, navigation in the mountains and an overnight bivouac.
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One of the weekend's highlights was a climb led by Nina Caprez at the Arête des Cosmiques, an event sure to be remembered by the three lucky people who accompanied this impressive athlete.
The Overnight Bivouac Clinic, held at the Col du Géant (3365m), guided by world renowned alpinist Ines Papert and mountain guide Isabelle Santoire, saw a group of 12 mountaineers spend a night out on the glaciers in poor conditions. The experience was made comfortable by Hilleberg tents, Primus stoves and Trek'n Eat food.
“I travelled a long way and all alone yet after three days I left with new friends gained though shared experiences and a common passion for the mountains.” Petra Darchinger, Alpin magazine, Germany.
120 people attended the Movie Night, a social event and showcase for alpine films and culture.
The aim of the weekend was to raise awareness about personal responsibility and self-sufficiency in the mountains. The event was sponsored by Arc'teryx, Gore-Tex, Scarpa, Suunto and the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, supported with necessary equipment. Thanks to the success of this premier event, a second Alpine Arc'ademy will take place in Chamonix 2013.
70 Alpinists took part in a unique educational event at the premier ARC’TERYX ALPINE ARC’ADEMY #4
Arc'teryx, Jun 2012
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