Thought you might like to see some nice images from the past weekend's first ever Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy which took place in and around Chamonix with 70 participants from across Europe taking part.
The climbers, a mix of alpine beginners and skilled mountaineers from the UK, Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany and Scandinavia got stuck into a range of workshops covering topics including alpine climbing, high altitude mountaineering, mountain rescue, navigation in the mountains and an overnight bivouac.
Highlights included an ascent of the Arete des Cosmiques on the Aiguille du Midi led by top alpinist Nina Caprez plus an Overnight Bivouac Clinic, held at the Col du Géant (3365m), guided by leading climber Ines Papert and mountain guide Isabelle Santoire, which saw a group of 12 mountaineers spend a tough night out on the glaciers in poor conditions. The experience was made less spartan thanks to equipment provided by Hilleberg tents and Primus stoves and thanks to Trek’n Eat food.
Finally, 120 people attended the Movie Night event in Chamonix, watching a selection of cracking mountain films in the company of like-minded folk.
Anyway, looks like a cracking weekend and we like the images, which you can see below.
Along with Arc'teryx, the weekend was supported by Gore-Tex, Scarpa, Suunto and the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc.
If you like the sound of all that, the good news is that a second Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy is scheduled to take place in Chamonix once more in 2013. So keep your eyes peeled. More info at www.alpinearcademy.com.
Images courtesy of Arc'teryx