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Dec 25, 2011, 9:05 PM

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Re: [Durin] How do you REALLY get into alpinism?
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For Cham in winter you'll want AT gear and boots you can ice climb in. Really depends on what you want to be doing. Sking (as a way to travel and access/ get down from climbs) really is a huge part of alpinism. Easy thing to forget. XC gear and skills (unless they are mad skills) won't cut it in Cham. Funky AT gear or less than decent skiing skills will really lower your ability to enjoy the place and stay safe. That was my perspect from my own and several of my partner's skiing ability last winter.

Great place to better you skiing skills though when the new snow will limit the climbing possibilities.

More info here on some of that based on my own Cham experience and skiing in both AT boots and Spantiks.

More info on the grand scheme of skiing in Cham and beginner winter climbing there by just doing a "ski" or "Chamonix" search on Cold Thistle.

You've obviously done a ton of stuff on rock and ice. The transition should be easy with a little effort.

The Elevation across the street from of the train station (east side of the road) is a great place to hang, eat and drink during th winter season...but there are so many. The bar/resturant just across the street on the west side is good as well. We found it just depended on what was close to your flat and convenient. Chamonix is really small. It will just take only a day or two to figure out where everything is and where you'll want to hang out, shop, eat and drink.

If you go there to climb in winter you'll want to be close to the Midi tram and the center of town imo for first lift. The Grand Montets is the other entry point into the high mountains and it is just a 15 free bus ride away from town as are most things. Making first lift there without transportation is tough. But you'll want to figure that out as well once you are squared away.

(This post was edited by daneburns on Dec 25, 2011, 9:10 PM)

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