Alpine Summer

Each summer Euan and Paul leave the UK to take up residence in the Alps. From here they run courses in the Ecrins, Vanoise, Mont Blanc Massif, Gran Paradiso National Park, the Bernina, Valais and the Oberland. They spend time trekking huge glaciers, climbing 4000m peaks and ascending granite and limestone rock routes in the sun and hope to show you the huge variety of terrain the Alps has to offer.

intro to alpinism: chamonix

Chamonix is renowned as one of the world’s top centres of mountaineering. As well as being located underneath Mont Blanc, it has hundreds of smaller summits, many glaciers and lots of well located mountain huts for the mountain enthusiast to explore. The grade range of this course will be F to PD.

intro to alpinism: les ecrins

Les Ecrins is a wild and beautiful area of the Alps which benefits from 300 days sunshine a year. It has a huge variety of mountains, rock climbs, ice climbs and Via Ferratas on offer giving the perfect environment for a first alpine experience. The grade range of this course will be F to PD+.

intro to alpinism: switzerland

Switzerland has a huge variety of mountains form the accessible snow dome of the Pigne d’Arolla to the fierce pyramid of the Matterhorn. The ClimbNow team spend time each year guiding in the Valais and Bernese Oberland. This experience gives them the knowledge and judgement to choose objectives suitable for your first trip to the Swiss Alps. The grade range of this course will be F to PD.

saas fee and saas grund 4000m peaks

For those interested in climbing high summits but have relatively little experience in the Alps there is no better venues than Saas Grund and Saas Fee.  During the week we will aim to climb a number of 4000m peaks.  The ratio is kept low to allow us flexibility in route choice.

mont blanc

Mont Blanc at 4808m is the highest mountain in Western Europe and as such draws Mountaineers from around the world. The Climbnow team run 10 day courses (less if booked as private guiding) including one rest day to ensure proper acclimatisation and the maximum opportunity to experience good weather and successfully climb the mountain. The grade range of this course will be F to AD-.

rocky ridges above chamonix

There are thousands of rocky ridges and summits in the Alps which provide many unforgettable experiences for the Mountaineer. Lots of these routes involve the full compliment of alpine skills; glacier work, moving together, pitching and abseiling. This course based around Chamonix will aim to sample a number of different styles of route. The grade range of this course will be AD- to TD (generally though D-).

barre des ecrins

Barre des Ecrins (4101m) is located in the Massif D’Oisans which benefits fromm 300 days sunshine  a year. The grade of the normal route on the mountain is PD+ and it is the southern most of the alpine 4000m peaks. The grade range of this course will be PD to AD.


One of the most famous mountains in the world, the Matterhorn needs no introduction. At 4478 metres it is the ninth highest of the major 4000m peaks and a great challenge for all mountaineers. The grade range of this course will be PD to AD+.

the chamonix to zermatt summer haute route

The Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route is world famous and for good reason. It passes through a huge variety of terrain; alpine meadows, forests, glaciers, rocky cols and alpine peaks making it a perfect introduction to those with a keen interest in hill walking or trekking and wish to experience hut to hut touring in the Alps.

the gran paradiso (4061m)

The Gran Paradiso is the highest mountain entirely in Italy. At 4061 metres, it is the highest point in the national park of the same name. The Gran Paradiso National Park was established in 1922 and is the oldest in Italy. This course is ideal for those new to alpinism or for those who would like to experience the Alps in a long weekend. The program is flexible and can be adjusted to include more rock climbing for example. The grade range of this course will be F to AD- depending on previous experience.

private guiding in the alps

The Alpine regions of France, Italy and Switzerland have something for everyone. From simple glacier treks to major multi day alpine climbs with everything on the way including Via Ferratas, north faces, rocky ridges and multi pitch rock climbs. The Climbnow team has experience of climbing and guiding in many alpine areas including; Les Ecrins, Vanoise, Mont Blanc Massif, the Valais, the Oberland and the Gran Paradiso National Park. We are happy to visit the region you are staying in and design a course specifically for you.