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2017 overseas expeditions start well below Zero!

Mountain Experience spent eight days ice climbing and exploring on snow shoes in the Valnontey and Lillaz valleys near Cogne, Italy.

Our route took us high above the valley through the woods on the right hand side of the picture.

Our route took us high above the valley through the woods on the right hand side of the picture.

Joined by Steve K, our regular Alpine team-mate, each of the days began with an early morning, cold start that was easily worth it for the superb views and brilliant climbs we had. If the rest of 2017 lives up to this, it’s going to be a great year!

Patri is a multi pitch ice climb near Valnontey

Patri is a multi pitch ice climb near Valnontey

Nigel Lewis high above the village of Lillaz

Nigel Lewis high above the village of Lillaz

Looking across the Aosta valley from Lake de Loie

Looking across the Aosta valley from Lake de Loie

Southern end of Valnontey valley

Southern end of Valnontey valley

Winter Training for Mountain Experience staff

Nigel Lewis attended a week’s training in Norway as part of his International Mountain Leader course.

As well as spending every day snowshoe walking on the Hardangervidda plateau, the course included practical instruction on avalanche avoidance and snow appreciation, rescue scenarios, snow shelter construction, protecting clients on steep ground including snow anchors and step cutting, and of course lots of environmental appreciation.

The course was delivered by Plas Y Brenin, and it was the first time it has ever been held in Norway.

Mountain Experience winter training with Plas Y Brenin.

Mountain Experience winter training with Plas Y Brenin.

 

Straight after the course, Nigel was putting his new found knowledge into practice with a winter ascent of Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa’s Atlas Mountains.  The week long trip was part of a training package delivered by the leading company “World Challenge”  and Nigel joined other youth leaders for a series of scenario based exercises that were woven throughout the expedition.

Approaching the summit of Toubkal, Moroccan High Atlas.

Approaching the summit of Toubkal, Moroccan High Atlas.

Following the courses Nigel said, “It’s been a busy but extremely rewarding few weeks. The experiences gained will undoubtedly help Mountain Experience to deliver an excellent service to future clients.”

students in Norway using a transceiver to pinpoint a buried casualty

students in Norway using a transceiver to pinpoint a buried casualty

students in Norway getting to grips with navigation in snow covered terrain

students in Norway getting to grips with navigation in snow covered terrain