Winter mountaineering camp in Chamonix, France.

Considered by some as the capital of world mountaineering, Chamonix is a mecca for mountaineers who come to sample a wide variety of routes. There are good quality outings for climbers of moderate technical ability right through to harder North faces for experienced alpinists. 

Climbing in the French Alps in Winter has several advantages; quieter routes plus approaches and sometimes descents that can be done on skis.

Many of these climbs can be tackled in a day off the high Chamonix lifts whilst the larger routes often need several days to complete the approach, climb and descent.

This Chamonix camp is for winter climbers to try their steep ice and mixed skills in a new environment. Climbers that can ski will get the most out of this camp; many routes are easier to approach on skis and Chamonix offers a wide variety of downhill and backcountry skiing for off days. The camp is based in a centrally located apartment in Chamonix.


March 3rd to March 18th, 2018. This requires leaving Calgary on March 2nd. There is no problem if anyone wants to arrive slightly later or leave earlier.

What is included?

    Accommodation for 15 nights in Chamonix.

    Return shuttle between Geneva airport and Chamonix.

    Food for all breakfasts and lunches plus nine dinners. 

Price is C$1,250 each. For more information or to get an application form, please contact Richard Berry at 


Mountaineering camp in El Chaltén, Patagonia

    This camp is for six RMS climbers to tackle the rock and alpine climbs of the Chaltén Massif in Patagonia, during the Southern hemisphere Summer.

 The weather in Patagonia is notoriously bad. For this reason, the camp will last four weeks.  Participants will have the option to spend the entire month in El Chaltén, or two weeks at the beginning, or two weeks at the end. There are granite crags close to El Chaltén and easier peaks that can be climbed during poor weather, as well as lots of hiking and backpacking. 

    The camp will be based in a rented house in El Chaltén.

    The price is for accommodation only. Four weeks will be $1,500 and two weeks $800.

Participants will have to get themselves to El Chaltén and the camp manger will provide information on the various travel options available.

The proposed dates (arriving and departing in El Chaltén) are December 29th, 2018 to January 26th, 2019. The split dates would be December 29th, 2018 to January 12th, 2019. Or January 12th, 2019 to January 26th, 2019. For more information or for an application form, please contact Richard Berry at