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All our tours and training are designed in a logic, sequential learning progression.

In each tours' description, you will find detailed requirements If you still wonder if the requirements match your skills, give us a call. We are glad to help !

We differentiate between tours and training courses:

Training courses

Tours

In these courses - independently on which stages - training is placed in foreground. It takes place nearly throughout on routes and not in the theory room. Our training style is very much action-oriented. In real situations "in the mountains" we teach you practical knowledge and know-how. You will occasionally guide yourself, make decisions independently and receive from the mountain guide a feedback. And, because you doesnt' only listen, but really experienced it, it remains better in memory.

Those are pure holidays with genuine impressions, which remain. Already after short time you are far away from the concerns of the everyday life. The mountain guide falls all relevant decisions, is responsible for security, in addition, for your well-being. With a regular going rhythm, selected rest places, its punctual assistance and its information he arranges the tour to a lasting experience.

plus... When desired the mountain guide teach gladly his technical considerations. With interested members he practices occasionally one or other technical aspects. Excitingly it is also to evaluate with the mountain guide the experienced tour and plan those for the next days.

For each level, different degrees help determining your skill level.

Basic training at Orny

Basics

Training courses Tours
A bad first experience and it's a mountaineering dream gone. This level exists to make sure your first time is not wasted. In this category, you will learn the basics, leading you to mountaineering independance. At this level, tours are easy for beginners. For advanced mountaineers, it's a nice stroll in the mountains.

 Couloir Copt, Orny

 Level 1

Training courses Tours
This level offers you the necessary training to plan and execute easy tours on your own or to participate in more difficult group tours. Tours of the Advanced 1 level are for people who have some experience and that can do easy tours on their own.

Hörnli ridge, Matterhorn 

Level 2

Training courses Tours

You would like to plan and carry out large tours such as ski-touring or high mountain alpine sports ? You are at the right place !

These  courses are privileged opportunities to gain autonomy.

Technically and conditional difficult routes. Through the years, the tours of level 2 enable you, to fill a list of various tours and itineraries chosen in a progressive sequence of difficulty.

 

North face, Matterhorn

Pro

Training courses Tours
Constant autonomy development (as head of a roped party) and advanced alpine skills. At this level, mountaineers with responsibilities or that aspire to some level of responsibility will receive all the needed elements to be a chief or leader.  A step higher in technical difficulty for experienced climbers. Snow, ice and rock or mixed large-scale climbs.

Specials

Our Specials are events, conferences, courses on the newest trends or on themes important for mountaineers of all levels or the general public interested in such themes.

Quotations confuse you? Knowing how to decipher a topo and how to choose the best tour for you gives you the best chances for an unforgettable moment.

Estimating a skill through a single icon was too simplistic to accurately define something as complex as a peak or a tour's difficulty. Thus, we have created an additional set of classification icons that represent the following four criterias :

  • Physical condition

  • Skiing technical knowledge

  • Technical knowledge of:   rock climbing,  snow and ice climbing, hiking and via ferrata

  • Commitment (also called Engagement) difficulty: indicates length, remoteness, approach difficulty, descent difficulty, tour caracter, continuity, number of difficult pitches, available gear, objective risks.

BeMountain uses an efficient quotation system to classify all of its activities, from basic training in the Alps to full-out expeditions.

The following icons illustrate the necessary requirements for different tours or expedition. This makes it easier to choose your activity appropriately.

Physical condition

In shape:
You can walk 4 to 6 hours a day with an average vertical drop of 500-700 m/day.
Prep : footwork, cycling, swimming in increments of 30 min.

In good shape :
You can walk 6 to 7 hours a day with an average vertical drop of 800- 1000m/day.
Prep : run 2- 3 times/ week, 30 min., 8km

In great shape :
You can walk 7 to 8 hours a day with an average vertical drop of 1000m/day. Prep : 1h jogging, 3 time/week, about 10km 

In excellent shape :
You can walk more than 8 hours a day with an average vertical drop of 1200m/day

> More information on your personal preparation about the physical condition

Skiing technical knowledge

Average skier :
Knows turning and reversing in various snow conditions, can control his own speed and stops, ski-touring beginner.

Good skier :
Know turning on all trails (black trails) and off-piste.
Masters sideslipping and reversing in both ascent and descent. 

 

Great skier :

Masters techniques in all snow conditions : hard, crusted, powder.
Masters sideslipping and has excellent control of speed and stop. 

 

Excellent alpine skier :
Perfect control of techniques on  all snow conditions and on all ground types(ice), including jumping turns.

Technical knowledge of:

Rock climbing

For beginners,
Learning the basic climbing techniques up to 4c. 

Knowledge of climbing basics, up to 5b as second climber, eventually some experience on multipitch routes.

Good knowledge of climbing techniques up to 6a as second climber and experience on multipitch routes and eventually as head of a roped party.

Excellent knowledge of climbing.
Act as head of a roped party up to 6a and more. Experience on multipitch routes.

Snow and ice climbing

For begninners.
Learning basic skills required for snow and ice climbing. Basic use of ice-axe, crampon, rope. Average slope 20° / steeper spots at 40°. Tours F (easy) to PD (slight difficulty). 

Knowledge of mountaineering basics,
Masters in autonomy ice-axe, crampon, rope. Average slope 30° / steeper spots at 50°. Tours PD (slight difficulty) to AD (intermediate difficulty). 

Good knowledge of alpine techniques on all ground types (ice and mixed). Autonomous in a roped party. Average slope 40° / steeper spots at 60°. Tours AD (intermediate difficulty) to D (difficult).

Excellent knowledge of alpine techniques Experienced and autonomous. Slopes higher than 65°. Tours D (difficult) to TD (very difficult).

Hiking

Hiking : road or marked trail. Flat land or light slope, no risk of falls. nonexistent.

Mountain hikes : uninterrupted marked road or trail with regular ascent. Steep ground on occasion. 

Difficult mountain hikes : generally marked trail and exposed couloirs with the possibility of belay with ropes or chains. Using hands is  necessary for balance. Some exposed couloirs, road stones, unstable slopes with no trail.

Alpine itinerary : partially inexisting trail, hand rest necessary to advance. Exposed terrain, grassy slopes, unstable slopes, simple glaciers with no snow.

 

Via ferrata

Slightly athletic, easy, slightly aerial, abundant gear and  equipped path.

Athetic path short and isolated, moderately aerial, rock contact, ledges, monkey bridges. 

Long athletic path, some aerial passes, bare paths, or irregular gear quality, overhang, steep zone. 

Numerous athletic paths some very hard passes, vertiginous, almost gear-less, relying less on gear, steep rock face, overhanging zones.

Commitment (also called Engagement) difficulty

Indicates length, remoteness, approach difficulty, descent difficulty, tour caracter, continuity, number of difficult pitches, available gear, objective risks. 

Short itinerary, not far, with an easy descent.  

 

Longer itinerary, with little objective risk and a simple descent.  

 

Long itinerary, delicate descent. Potential of objective risks.  

 

Large-scale itinerary demanding  strong mountain knowledge. Expeditions. Objective risks. Might involve a long approach or a complicated descent.

 

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