Mountain Guides: the Archetypical Adventurers of Courmayeur
The mountain guides of Aosta Valley highly-trained professionals with an intriguing history just waiting to be uncovered at Courmayeur. In my humble opinion, there are few jobs that are more fascinating than those of moun-tain guides. A profession that is steeped in tradition and requires a range of technical and professional skills, these adventurous souls conquer the world
Mountaineering in Aosta Valley
I am particularly interested in the mountain guides of the Aosta Valley in northwest Italy. These Alpine adventurers have a long, influential tradition
These highly trained professionals must possess a range of important skills to help indi-viduals and small groups navigate a mountain safely. These skills include climbing, ski-ing, hiking, rock climbing and ice climbing. They must also possess precise knowledge of all mountain routes, glaciers, weather conditions, avalanche safety measures and first-aid. On top of all this, they must know how to use crampons, an ice axe, avalanche beacons and other life-saving equipment. As you can clearly see, this is not simply a ca-reer, but actually a way of life for mountain guides.
A Marvellous Museum
If you books of deceased guides and of the shelters where mountaineers marked their passage, as well as all kinds of other fascinating documents, photographs, equipment and souvenirs from places including Africa, Hima-layas, India and Tibet.
A Fun-Filled Festival
There is also a Courmayeur Alpine Guides Festival held in August, which is worth check-ing out. This festival celebrates the mountain and everybody who lives there, works there or simply visits, and it takes place in various places throughout the Val d
How to Get There
Sounds good, right? To reach this beautiful part of the world, you will want to fly into Ge-neva from the UK. This takes just 90 minutes from London airports, and carriers including British Airways, Swiss and easyJet all make the flight regularly throughout the week.
It takes a further 90 minutes to reach the Italian ski resorts from Geneva airport, so you will want a comfortable and peaceful journey. I suggest pre-booking a private Shuttle Di-rect transfer port any ski gear for no additional charge if you let us know at the time of booking.
Mountain guides are a fascinating breed and there is nowhere better to learn about their history, traditions and skills than in the Aosta Valley. This also happens to be a stunning part of the world and an ideal place for a unique adventure!
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