ICE AND ROCK CLIMBING COURSE
THE NATIONAL PARK OF CONDORIRI (6 days)
Every year, our reputation is more acknowledged by mountain clubs and institutions that deal with mountaineering in Bolivia and in South America. we have a large group of professional guides which were trained in ENSA school in France; these guides are part of UIAGM (International Union of Mountain Guides), and of AGMTB (Association of Mountain and Trekking Guides of Bolivia) Besides, they have a lot of experience to use in any ice and snow climbing course.
We have chosen the national park of Condoriri because it is an area with a group of snow-covered mountains over 5000 m. In this mountain range the most important are Condor Head (5.670 m of altitude), and Small Alpamayo (5.350 m of altitude) In its surroundings there are glacier lagoons surrounded by fragments of old glaciers. Gulches, with a lot of straw, that end up in green lagoons full of trouts. An interesting ecology made up of llamas, alpacas, condors, vizcachas, etc. and altitude flora.
Condoriri massif is the place for our natural school because glaciers offer a great diversity of natural obstacles adequate for our purpose. Furthermore, summits are very close to our base camp and that fact allows us to move quickly.
* The development of the course is entirely practical in order to guarantee participants have a knowledge of the safest and most updated systems.
A day before: Revision of the gear for the mountain.
Day 01:Early in the morning we travel towards Tuni by private transport (two hours) so then we can begin the trekking towards the base camp of Condoriri (3 hours) where it is going to be our camp during the development of the course. Camping night here at 4.600 m.
Arrangement of the gear.
Recognition of the gear
Instruction and handling of mountain’s technical instrument in the glacier
usage of twelve points crampons
handling of ice axe
confidence in mountain gear
handling of the rope and knots
handling of ropes
practice of use of crampons in 45 degrees
handling of safety catches and auto safety catches in ice
practice of climbing on the top in 45 and 50 degrees
advancement in glaciers and cracks
halt of falls with the use of ice axe
falls in cracks, auto rescue, rescue, and rappel
techniques for the opening of routes
polipasto in cracks
Day 05:Assessment of all the learnt techniques and an ascent to Pequeño Alpamayo, Ilusion, and/or Tarija (common routes).
answering of questions and comments of the course
return to La Paz city and end of our service
MOUNTAIN GEAR The company Elma Tours Adventures is supplied with the entire mountain technical gear for the realization and good development of the course.
AIMS OF THE COURSE: Basically, to experience the life in the Bolivian Royal Mountain Range during winter. And this can be achieved by learning a heap of technical knowledge (practical). This training will allow us to increase and develop our capacity of adjustment in a hostile land, thus letting us, can move with ease under adverse and hard conditions inside the nature of snow-covered mountains.