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Cosmiques Climb with Alpine Legend
The Cosmiques Ridge is a superb varied route which is justifiably popular in Chamonix area. It was first climbed by George and Maxwell Finched on 2nd August 1911. The route is also known as the Cosmiques Arête and South-South-West Ridge. It stands between the border of Italy and France, and it is the perfect ascent for climbers that wish to gain confidence and tackle bigger ascents.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Attitude: 3842 m
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Duration: 1 day
(8 hours)
Suitable mixed climbing (snow and rocks) and abseiling skills are required
1. Easy
Simplest form of rock/ice climbing (several pitches of easy roped climbing). Hands/ice tools required for balance. Beginners secured to the rope. Good for most fitness levels, requires interest and determination.

2. Moderate
Half a day or less for the technical portion of the route. Vertical places or overhangs with good grip require physical effort. A head for heights and good level of physical fitness are advised.

3. Challenging
Most of the day or a full day of roped or technical climbing (one or two pitches). Greater physical requirements, climbing technique and experience. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Typically requires an overnight on the route, two or more days of hard climbing. Above-average ability and good level of training required.

5. Extreme
Remote walls climbed in alpine style. Multi-day routes with a hard climbing. Only achievable through increased training, considerable strength in the arms and hands and improved equipment. Excellent physical conditioning is a must.
ROCK/ ICE CLIMBING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity. All necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.

1. Beginner
Movement with simple combinations of steps and handles (three-point-technique). Intermediate securing at exposed points is recommended. Frequent use of hands/ice tools is required to support balance and hand and foot-holds must be trusted.

2. Intermediate
Here real climbing begins, that requires the movement of a limb at a time and a proper setting of the movements. Holds and supports are still abundant. The rock/ice structure, already more steep or even vertical, offers holds and supports the rarest and can already require the use of force. Typically the passages are not solved yet in an obliged manner.

3. Advanced
Holds and supports become more rare and / or small. It requires a good climbing technique applied to the various rock/ice structures (chimneys, crevices, corners, etc.) as well as a certain degree of specific training. The climbing becomes delicate (slabs, etc..) or hard (by opposition or interlocking in slits and chimneys). Usually requires the prior examination of the passage.

4. Professional
Handholds/Mixed ice and rock are small/very thin and unstable, widely spread and arranged so as to require a particular combination of movements well studied. Rock/ice structure may force you to climb very delicate or very hard where overhanging. It requires a sophisticated training with particular development of finger strength, skill in balancing and grip techniques.
ROCK/ ICE CLIMBING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

Itinerary

Your Guide

Valery Babanov
You'll be guided by a truly walking legend. Valery is one the most famous mountaineers in the world, a legend of Alpinism, winner of prestigious Alpine awards: Piolet d'Or (twice), Silver Genziana, Grolla d'oro, Golden Piton and many more for climbing in Himalayas and Alps. He has been into mountaineering and climbing since 1980 and up until now completed more than 600 ascents. He is truly a walking legend, who will share amazing stories of his climbs with you. It's also a great opportunity to learn from the best of the best.

Valery moved to Chamonix 15 years ago and became IFMGA guide. He knows every little path in Chamonix as it has been his home for many years. Follow Valery to the inspiring world of climbing!

Important details

Meals
You should take your own food for the day. Valery will recommend a place for dinner after the
trip.
How hard it is
It's graded at AD (Assez Difficile/fairly hard), sometimes even PD (Peu Difficile/a little difficult), but the crux is hard for its grade and suitable mixed climbing and abseiling skills are required, as well as good fitness level.

Minimum age - 16 years

Valery will explain and show you all the techniques, so you are in safe hands. You just need to have interest and determination.
Transfers
We will meet in the bottom of cable car in Chamonix - Compagnie du Mont Blanc (next to the ticket office). You can find the point on the map above. After meeting you just need to follow your guide who will show all the beauties of the Valle Blanche.
Equipment
What to bring
Climbing equipment (Ice tools, crampons, rope, half a set of nuts, 4 slings, 4 quick raws, abseil/belay device, carabiners, helmet, harness).

We can provide
A day before the climb Valery will meet you in Chamonix during the day and take you to the rental to make sure you have all necessary equipment. He will also give you details and tips about equipment that you can learn from, as he is a mountaineer with outstanding experience.

Day rental of all necessary equipment will cost about €50-60.

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A climb for you and your friend
Perfect package for climbers who want to travel with their family member or a friend. Maximum group size for this activity - 2 people.
€345 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
Private Climbs — Exclusive workshop with experienced mountaineer
A climb organized specially for you. The dates are flexible (to certain extend) and you will go alone, without other climbers accompanying you.
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
€690 per person
What's included
Services of IFMGA guide
What's not included
Meals
You should take your own food for the day.
Personal gear equipment
Personal gear rentals
Insurance
Mountaineering insurance
Cable car tickets
Good to know
What clothes and gear do I need?
You need to bring your climbing equipment (Ice tools, crampons, rope, half a set of nuts, 4 slings, 4 quick raws, abseil/belay device, carabiners, helmet, harness)
A day before the climb Valery will meet you in Chamonix during the day and take you to the rental to make sure you have all necessary equipment.

Should I get any training?
Usually it's enough to ged cardio twice per week, but the best way to prepare is to hike and hill-walk in the weeks leading up to your departure. You should be comfortable walking for four to eight hours a day. If you want a training plan - drop us an email or a line in What's App.
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