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Physical Level Esprit Montagne

 

 EASY COURSE 1/5

Effort corresponding to about 500-700m of ascent per day.
Your guide will manage the speed of the group so that everyone has fun in the mountains, you will see lakes to enjoy the day, we do not race!

FAIRLY EASY COURSE 2/5

Effort corresponding to 700 to 900 m of ascent per day.

The days are a bit longer, it's better to have already done some hiking or to do a bit of sport every week for pleasure, it's quite easy!

FAIRLY SPORTY COURSE 2.5/5

Effort corresponding to about 900 - 1000 m of ascent per day.

It's a bit harder, it's good if you have already done some mountain climbing or if you like endurance sports and practice them regularly!

SPORTY COURSE 3/5

Effort corresponding to 1000 - 1200 m of climbing per day.

You like endurance sports and practise them regularly about 1 to 2 times a week!

CONFIRMED COURSE 3.5/5

Effort corresponding to about 1000 - 1400 m of ascent in hiking per day.

You like endurance sports and do them about twice a week.

SPORT TRAINED 4/5

Effort corresponding to approximately 1200 - 1700m of ascent per day.

You like and practice endurance sports at a good level.

SPORT VERY WELL TRAINED 4.5/5

Effort corresponding to 1500m - 2000m of ascent in hiking.

You like and practice endurance sports at a very good level.

SPORT HIGH LEVEL 5/5

You are experienced in the sport activity of the purchased trip!

Effort corresponding to 1700 - 2500 meters of ascent in hiking per day, you are obliged to run or to do 12-hour days.

You are a highly trained and fit athlete at the moment.

Technical Level Esprit Montagne

 Easy mountain walking 1/5 


You need a minimum of concentration and skill to hike in the mountains, this is an initiation!
Learning how to call for help in the mountains.
 

 QUITE EASY MOUNTAIN WALKING 2/5 

There can be vertiginous passages where you have to be concentrated, it's better not to be afraid of heights!
Learning how to launch a mountain rescue and mapping.

 

 CONFIRMED MOUNTAIN HIKE 2.5/5 

Mountain hiking for experienced people, you have experience and skill in the mountains.
Some passages are vertiginous and it is sometimes necessary to put the hands to help the progression.
Learning about the weather and mapping experience, the Guide can take you to the map to learn how to manage a route if you wish!

 

 DIFFICULT MOUNTAIN WALKING 3/5 

The hike has dizzying, physical and technical passages, the path is sometimes equipped with cables and ladders to allow progress.
You must master the activity, you are autonomous in the mountain in the easy passages, the guide will help you in the difficult passages.
You will learn about the weather and how to use a mountain rope to help you progress.
Maximum 10 clients per guide.

 EASY OFF-PISTE SKIING 3/5 

You have a good level in Ski de Piste, you ski in the Pistes Noires for pleasure and want to go off piste with a Guide on easy itineraries with slopes lower than 35 degrees. Off-piste skiing or ski touring. Maximum 8 people per group. 

 

 EASY MOUNTAINEERING AND GLACIER WALKING 3.5/5 

6 clients per guide maximum.
You have been able to walk in the mountains for a long time and you want to see the glaciers from a distance.
Learn how to rope up and walk with crampons on a glacier.
Learn how to launch a mountain rescue, cartography and mountain weather.

Example of level : Dôme de la Vanoise   

 CLIMBING INITIATION 3.5/5 

8 clients per guide maximum.
Learning how to rope up and belay on a cliff as well as how to trigger a rescue. You must be concentrated and scrupulously respect the instructions of your Guide.
Example of level: Easy climbing, 4c/5a  

 OFF-PISTE SKIING QUITE DIFFICULT 3.5/5

You have already done some off-piste skiing or hiking and you have a very good level of skiing, a steep passage (about 35-40 degrees does not scare you).
You can ski in all types of off-piste snow and ski quickly on the black runs. Maximum 6 people per group.

 

 FAIRLY EASY MOUNTAINEERING 4/5

5 clients maximum per Guide but the number can be reduced to 3 people depending on the routes and mountain conditions.
You should be comfortable walking in the mountains and on varied terrain. Easy climbing.
If you have already done a glacier trek, it is better, but not compulsory, if you have a good physical and mental condition.
Learning the techniques of progression in the high mountains, for fairly easy routes and easy rescue techniques.

Example of level: an easy 4000, such as Gran Paradiso (4061 mt) - Gran Paradiso National Park

 CONFIRMED CLIMBING 4/5 

4 clients per guide maximum.
You must be autonomous for roping and belaying on cliffs. Learning the manoeuvres of long routes.
Example of level: Climbing 5b/5c  

 DIFFICULT OFF-PISTE SKIING 4/5

4 clients per guide maximum.
You have already done off-piste skiing or ski touring many times and you have a very good level of skiing, a steep passage (about 40 degrees) does not scare you.
You can ski in all types of off-piste snow and can ski quickly on the black runs. 

 

 CONFIRMED MOUNTAINEERING 4.5/5 

2 clients per guide maximum.
You have experience in mountaineering and have already climbed at altitude. You are autonomous and master the activity, you can manage a rope on an easy route in the high mountains.
You will learn complex techniques: rescue, weather and cartography (GPS)...
Example of level: Nez du Lyskam (4272 m) - Massif du Mont Rose
A mountaineering rating may be used in addition.

 Climbing Mastery 4.5/5 

Maximum 4 people per guide.
You have experience in rock climbing and long-distance rock climbing. You master the basic technical maneuvers for climbing on long routes. Learning of more complex techniques on the main route and rappel techniques.

 OFF-PISTE SKIING EXPERT 4.5/5 

2 people maximum per group

You are a very good off-piste skier, a passage in a 45 degree couloir does not frighten you, you are experienced and have mastered off-piste skiing in all snow! 

 

 EXPERT MOUNTAINEERING 5/5

Only 1 client per guide
You are autonomous in the high mountains, you have a high level of mountain techniques, progression and rescue techniques. You are at ease with aerial passages on ridges.
You have already done a 4000m and it went very well.
You know your guide and have already done easier routes together.
Example of level: Mont Blanc (4810 m) by the Three Mounts (Mont Blanc du Tacul, Mont Maudit, Mont Blanc).
A mountaineering grade can be used in addition.

 EXPERT CLIMBING 5/5 

2 clients per guide maximum.
You are autonomous in the practice of climbing on cliffs and long routes, you have a high technical level for the techniques of progression in long routes and rescue (hauling, abseiling, ascent and descent on fixed rope). You know your guide and have already done easier routes together.
Example of level: Climbing 6c/7a

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