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Trip Planning: Chamonix & The Alps

  • Mazama Mountaineering Center 527 SE 43rd Avenue Portland, OR 97215 United States (map)

You have acquired your intermediate climbing skills in the Pacific Northwest and are now looking to branch out. Chamonix is one of many great places to base out of in the Alps, and hone your skills in an entirely new environment. Alan will share his tips of planning for an overseas climbing trip—what to pack, how to pack it, what to leave at home—as well as some suggestions for objectives in the Chamonix area that would be perfect for varying skill levels. Bring your enthusiasm for travel and any specific questions you might have about trip planning and Chamonix.

Prerequisite:  Interest in alpine climbing

Required Gear: None

Optional Gear: Laptop, pen, pencil

Instructor: Alan Rousseau

Max Participants: 20

Tuition: $25

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About the Instructor

As a mountain guide, Alan Rousseau has landed a profession that he is passionate about, a profession that has taken him to amazing locations in Utah, Alaska, Washington, Peru, and the European alps. After spending his childhood in New England, Alan moved to Utah in 2004 where he lives with his wife and learned to climb. Initially, Alan picked up climbing as a secondary activity in an effort to take his skiing and snowboarding further up into the mountains. But the more he did it, the more he found passion in climbing impressive lines and summiting awe-inspiring peaks. Aside from his guiding trips, Alan has also traveled to places such as Nepal, India, Greece, and Canada where he has explored new places and established new routes. 

Mountain Resume

  • IFMGA/UIAGM Certified Guide

  • First ascents of mixed climbs up to M10

  • 2013 Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award Recipient

  • First ascent of the West Face of Pachermo Peak in the Rolwaling Himal of Nepal

  • First ascent of Langmoche Ri peak in the Rolwaling Himal of Nepal

  • First Ascent Rungofarka Suru valley of Kashmir, India

  • 2017 Mugs stump award recipient

  • 2018 AAC cutting edge award

  • Sponsorsed by: Beal, Grivel, Cilogear, Adidas Terrex

Earlier Event: November 17
Intro to Lead Climbing
Later Event: November 17
Portland Ice Comp