Italy·July 22 - 24 2022

INTRODUCTORY ALPINISM COURSE

3-day full immersion in the majestic Adamello Glacier to learn the basics of glacier behaviour.

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Overview

Bookings are now open for our ALPINISM and HIGH MOUNTAIN introductory level course. You’ll spend 3 days immersed in the beautiful setting of the Adamello Glacier learning the basics of mountaineering and glacier behaviour. The first two days of this course will focus on teaching you some of the technical and safety skills needed to safely ascend a peak: roping up on a glacier, abseiling, cartography, building anchors on snow, and recovery from a crevasse. On the third day, you will get to put these skills to the test, ascending one of the Adamello group's beautiful peaks.

Local Partners

Meet our local partner

Alessio

Alessio

Alessio is a mountain guide from Trentino, Italy, whose two great passions are rock and snow! He has traveled to guide and climb all over the world and loves to meet new people from all walks of life.

The Experience

3 days immersed in the beautiful Adamello Glacier environment learning the basics of Alpinism and mountaineering skills.

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DAY 1

Introductory skills

Meet your guide and fellow travellers in Passo del Tonale, before heading to a nearby climbing wall to learn some basic alpinism skills. You’ll learn how to climb in boots, abseil, and how to tie some basic knots, as well as cartography skills including how to plan a route on a topographic map with a compass. 

In the evening, we’ll head to Rifugio Mandrone where you’ll enjoy a hearty meal and good night’s sleep.

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DAY 2

Glacier skills

After breakfast, we’ll head out for an educational day on the Mandrone glacier. You’ll learn how to rope up safely to cross a glacier, rescue someone from a crevasse and how to build an anchor on snow.  Tonight we’ll be staying at the Rifugio Caduti dell’Adamello.

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DAY 3

Mountain day!

It’s time to put your skills to the test! Today we’ll try for a nearby peak - depending on the conditions it could be the Giovanni Paolo II peak, Cresta Croce or Cannone Ippopotamo.

We’ll then return to Passo del Tonale, where you can say a final goodbye to your crew before heading home.

The program is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, climbing level, and endurance of the group

Adamello Glacier

A mountaineer's paradise, the Adamello group covers a vast territory of rich landscapes

The Adamello Glacier is located in the Adamello-Presanello mountain range of Northern Italy, which separates the provinces of Lombardy and Trentino. A mountaineer’s paradise, the group covers a vast territory of rich and varied landscapes, including 572 named mountains and over 42 square km of glaciers. 

The Adamello Glacier, situated between 2,550 and 3,500m a.s.l. is the largest in the Italian Alps, and one of the largest in Europe. Once the pitching point of Italian soldiers in the First World War, today it attracts the attention of mountaineers and climatologists alike. The surrounding Adamello-Brenta Nature Park is a beautiful place to explore, boasting some incredible hiking, climbing, and wild landscapes with rare flora and fauna.

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Basecamp

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Rifugio Mandrone

Rifugio Mandrone

For the full experience you’ll be staying in two different local mountain huts: Rifugio Mandrone (night 1) and Rifugio Caduti dell’Adamello (night 2), which are the perfect basecamps for the activities of the next day. Accommodation is in shared dorms, and breakfast and dinner included.

Rifugio Mandrone

Rifugio Mandrone

For the full experience you’ll be staying in two different local mountain huts: Rifugio Mandrone (night 1) and Rifugio Caduti dell’Adamello (night 2), which are the perfect basecamps for the activities of the next day. Accommodation is in shared dorms, and breakfast and dinner included.

Rifugio Caduti dell'Adamello

Rifugio Caduti dell'Adamello

For the full experience you’ll be staying in two different local mountain huts: Rifugio Mandrone (night 1) and Rifugio Caduti dell’Adamello (night 2), which are the perfect basecamps for the activities of the next day. Accommodation is in shared dorms, and breakfast and dinner included.

Rifugio Caduti dell'Adamello

Rifugio Caduti dell'Adamello

For the full experience you’ll be staying in two different local mountain huts: Rifugio Mandrone (night 1) and Rifugio Caduti dell’Adamello (night 2), which are the perfect basecamps for the activities of the next day. Accommodation is in shared dorms, and breakfast and dinner included.

What's Included

What's Included

2 nights' accommodation

2 days of alpine skills workshops

1 day alpine climbing

24/7 certified guide

All breakfasts and dinners

Accident insurance

What's Not Included

Equipment (available to rent at a discounted price)

Lunches and snacks

Transport to/from Passo del Tonale

Anything not listed in the 'what is included' section

More Info

Climbing Skills

Climbing Skills

This course is designed for anyone who wants to discover and experience the magical world of glaciers. No prior winter mountaineering experience is needed, just a good level of fitness and some experience climbing, scrambling or summer mountaineering.

Liability

Liability

Mapo Tapo selects crags and local partners with the utmost care. For any inaccuracies, however, we can not accept any liability. Rock climbing is a risky sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who does not have sufficient knowledge and skills not to go outdoor alone. Contact us to organize a trip with a certified mountain guide instead.

Travel

Travel

Please DO NOT book your flights until this trip is confirmed. Most of our trips require a minimum number of participants to run. Wait for the status of the trip to be confirmed and for more information go to the "How it works" section

INTRODUCTORY ALPINISM COURSE

Italy· July 22 - 24 2022· 3 days

FROM$613/pp