3 – 10 days
1 – 5 people
Japan works well as a training ground for bigger ranges – 50 years of Japanese climbers pushing up aggressive routes will attest to that.
From complex mixed terrain to Karakorum-style and expedition climbing, functional locations across a relatively small area exist to develop and refine condition and systems. As on-going processes we train, develop and prepare all sorts of people that require mountain, expedition/long range, rope access and specialist skills – and we use these skills ourselves for far more than just ice climbing.
getting it right: putting together systems for long first ascents in Sichuan/Tibet. photo: Schewchuk
Based on extensive actual experience, training & preparation programs are put together that develop the real skills and capacities necessary for your objectives. From high bivvying to vertical ice technique, lower-peak endurance and rope-work efficiency and expedition strategies you can hammer out the kinks in a measurable environment.
Deep in the Japanese alps, 2000m of ascent, long & cold days: remote & difficult trips require preparation
As a proving ground for expedition equipment & logistics these trips allow you to test-run and debug systems and resources under real conditions but with a safety net, allowing for radical experimentation with a margin for error. Alpine training is as much initial learning as it is hours and volume, needing both a controlled learning area and a genuine development zone. Time is needed inside and outside ‘the zone’ to allow the blend of pressure and recovery that optimizes the learning curve.
Alpine climbing training & preparation trips include:
Specialized alpine equipment
Training & preparation material
Multiple skill-development locations
Instruction and programming