Mountain Pro is proud to offer custom alpine ascents and skills courses in the high mountains above of the European Alps. For the Alpine Rock Climber or Mountaineer, the Alps has perfect routes to hone your craft and experience the rich alpine history in the birthplace of mountaineering. Our Alps programs are characterized by excellent food, spectacular mountain scenery and easy access to some of the worlds best climbs. Whether you fancy more technical rock oriented routes, or more traditional snow and glacier climbing , the area is sure to appease.
Ascending in a rope team near the France/Switzerland Border
Climbing programs in the Alps are highly personalized experiences. Your guide, Mike Bromberg, will work with you directly to create a unique itinerary to suit your ambitions. Many companies and guide agencies offer pre-packaged itineraries with many climbers, often of differing goals and abilities, climbing together. The advantages of working with a private guide and small organization is direct consultation and a fully custom program every step of the way to ensure that you are getting the most of your mountain experience.
The following are examples of our favorite climbs and trip destinations.
Gran Paradiso, Italy. Located in Italy’s first National Park, the Gran Paradiso (4,061 m) is the highest peak located entirely in Italy. A beautiful sweeping glacier ascent capped by a rocky summit make for a spectacular climb. The food at the Rifugio Vittorio Emanuele hut is worth the trip in itself!
This climb is unique to the area in that it is an entirely human powered ascent (no gondolas, trams or ski lifts here). Typically a two-day itinerary, this program is easily combined with an Italian or French holiday as both Milan and Geneva airports are an easy drive.Climbing the Gran Paradiso with Mont Blanc in the distance
Dolomite Alpine Rock Climbing Laid back attitude, yet rugged and awe-inspiring. Those less interested in snowy glaciers consider the Dolomites the ultimate Alpine rock climbing playground. The rolling green hillsides and soaring spires create an incredibly surreal climbing experience. The Dolomites are a vast and complex range with many options for accommodation and for trekking and climbing. An even mix of German and Italian influence and language, lengthy lunches at nearby rifugios and exquisite dinners in town help make this a true climbing vacation.
There are two natural places to base or begin your Dolomite trip. Val Gardena or Cortina d’Ampezzo. Both are located close to some excellent climbing as well as having some great restaurants and hotels. Any serious cyclist will recognize Passo Sella and Passo Gardena as noteworthy sections during the Giro d’Italia, but they also happen to host some very enticing spires.
Chamonix, France Steep, rugged and complex. The birthplace of alpinism offers routes of varying difficulty, commitment and character – all just a cablecar ride from town.Climbers approaching the Mont Blanc Summit Pyramid
Not sure what inspires you? Chamonix has something for everyone. Valley rock climbing, high-altitude ascents of Mont Blanc, multi-pitch alpine sport climbing, glacier and alpine ice climbing are all very reasonable objectives for climbing in Chamonix. The variety of five-star routes around Chamonix is what keeps climbers returning to Chamonix year after year.
France one day, Italy the next and Switzerland on the third day. Chamonix has excellent access to great routes on all sides of the borders. The video below features me exploring a route that literally ascends the crest of France and Italy!
Other Areas The swiss town of Zermatt, including the iconic Matterhorn and others such as the Monte Rosa, Castor, Pollux and many others is also a very popular destination.
Alpine Skills Courses
In addition to guided ascents, Mike also offers valuable alpine skills courses in Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue as well as Introductory Alpine Climbing skills courses that can incorporate your desire to learn modern techniques with a technical ascent.
Contact Mike for more information about alpine climbing in the European Alps.
All European Alps programs will be guided by IFMGA/UIAGM Licensed Mountain Guide: Mike Bromberg