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Rock climbing course in the crags at Lake Garda Dolomites Alps Italy

The program of our alpine mountaineering course consists of two days rock climbing in the crags near Lake Garda Italy and following we move for three days to the glacier in the Marmolada Dolomites Alps. Accommodation in Hotel at Lake Garda Italy and in Mountain Lodge Marmolada (HB) are included in the price.

Day Program of our alpine mountaineering course
1st Meeting point: parking lot at highway exit ROVERETO SUD at 09.00 a.m. or in your Hotel - ROCK CLIMBING lesson in suitable climbing crag near Lake Garda; we teach different climbing techniques for example: chimney, cracks, slabs; different knots, belaying and rope techniques.
Overnight stay in a hotel near Lake Garda Dolomites Italy
2nd Departure from the hotel at 08.30 a.m. - ROCK CLIMBING on multi-pitch route. Different rope manouvres and rappelling exercises.
Overnight stay in a hotel near Lake Garda Dolomites Italy.
3rd Departure from Hotel to Marmolada Dolomites (2 hrs. by car) - Ascent to glacier - Lesson: correct use of crampons and icepick. Rope manouvres for glacier crossing and rescue from crevasse.
Overnight stay in mountain lodge Marmolada Dolomites Alps Italy.
4th Ascent to the highest Top of Marmolada Glacier - Progression of the rope team on the glacier and ascent on a short via ferrata to PENIA PEAK (3.340 m.) - total: ca. 7 hrs.
Overnight stay in mountain lodge Marmolada Dolomites Alps Italy.
5th Practical lesson: use of alpine equipment, repetition of rope manouvres as well as check of previously acquired knowledge. ALPINGUIDE.COM Alpine Climbing School Dolomites Italy (Guides of Trentino) will issue a CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION in our alpine mountaineering course for each participant indicating the personal results of alpine course - descent to the valley: ca. 2 hrs.
Dates of alpine base course at Lake Garda and in the Marmolada Dolomites Italy: see our calendar - and on request
No. of participants: 3 - 5 Price per person: EUR 690,00
Overnight stay with breakfast: BB, in hotel or mountain lodge are included in the price. Supplement for single room in Hotel Euro 25,00. Supplement for high season due to hotel rate increase.

Important note on our Alpine mountaineering course in Italy:

This course is destined for people who love mountain hiking, trekking and via ferrata but would like to extend their knowledge in the rocks and on glaciers in order to being able to proceed in high alpine mountaineering areas in safety. The program of our alpine mountaineering course consists of two days rock climbing in the crags near Lake Garda Italy and following we move for three days to the glacier in the Marmolada Dolomites Alps. The teaching regards climbing techniques in every mountaineering situation, rope manouvres, rappelling and self rescue exercises on the rocks and glaciers in the Alps of Italy.

What to bring for our alpine course:

backpack - water - sandwich - windcheater - preferably trekking boots which are suitable for the use with crampons - gloves - hat/cap - sunglasses - hiking sticks - liner.

Technical equipment for the alpine course:

helmet, harness, via ferrata-set, crampons, rope, carabiners, etc., will be provided by the mountain guide and is included in the price. Each participant must bring his own personal backpack which must be big enough to carry your personal belongings as well as the the technical equipment which is described above: we recommend a backpack with a capacity of 45/50 litres.

Booking of our Alpine course in Italy

The reservation should be made by e-mail at least 30 days prior to the start of the course to A deposit payment should made in the amount of EUR 250,00 and the balance must be paid on the first day of the alpine mountaineering course, before the start of the trip.

About Lake Garda in the region Trentino Italy

Lake Garda (Italian Lago di Garda or Benaco) is the largest lake in Italy. It is located in Northern Italy, about half-way between Venice and Milan. It is in an alpine region and was formed by glaciers at the end of the last ice age. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the provinces of Verona (to the south-east), Brescia (south-west), and Trento (north). Being easily accessible from the north via the Brenner pass, the lake is a major tourist destination, including a number of exclusive hotels and resorts along its shore.
The Northern part of the lake is narrower, surrounded by mountains, the majority of which belong to the Gruppo del Baldo. The shape is typical of a moraine valley, probably having been formed under the action of a Paleolithic glacier. Although traces of the glacier's actions are evident today, in more recent years it has been hypothesized that the glacier occupied an already existing depression, created by stream erosion 5 to 6 million years ago.
Lake Garda slso has got five islands, the largest being Isola del Garda. Nearby is Isola San Biagio, also known as the Isola dei Conigli ("Island of the Rabbits"). Both are facing San Felice del Benaco, on the Brescian side. The three smaller islands are Isola dell'Olivo, Isola di Sogno and Isola di Trimelone.
The main tributary is the Sarca river, while the only emissary is the Mincio River.
Wildlife include the "Trota del Garda" or "Carpio", a species of salmonid living exclusively in the Garda and in some Swiss alpine lakes, usually caught in fine nets since it is a deep-water zooplankton eater.
Popular activities include windsurfing on nearby Lake Garda, and rock climbing. World Cup climbing competitions are held on the towns outdoor artificial wall of Arco. Mountain biking is popular and international bikers flock to the towns around Lake Garda.

VIA FERRATAMARMOLADA Via Ferrata Western crest of Marmolada Trentino Dolomites Alps Italy
Dolomites Alps Italy, guided via ferrata on the Western crest of Marmolada Top of Penia (3.343 m) suggested by Mountaineering climbing School Guides Trentino Dolomites Italy

VIA FERRATA BOCCHETTE BRENTA DOLOMITES ITALY Via Ferrata Bocchette in the Brenta Dolomites Alps Italy Europe
Proposal of Mountaineering Alpine School Arco Lake Garda Trentino for the crossing from North to South of Brenta Dolomites in Italy, from lodge to lodge, on the via ferrata Bocchette

The Dolomites Alps in Italy

The Dolomites are a section of the Alps. They are located in the province of Belluno and in the provinces of Bolzano and Trento in north-eastern Italy. Conventionally they extend from the Adige river in the west to the Piave valley in the east. But the Dolomites spread also over the Piave river (Dolomiti d' Oltrepiave) to the east; and far away over the Adige river to the west is the Brenta Group (Western Dolomites); there is also another smaller group called Piccole Dolomiti (Small Dolomites) located between the Provinces of Trento and Vicenza. One national park and many other regional parks are located in the Dolomites.
During the First World War the line between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian forces ran through the Dolomites. There are open air war museums at Cinque Torri (Five Towers) and Mount Lagazuoi. Many people visit the Dolomites to climb the Vie ferrate. These are protected paths which were first created in the Dolomites during the First World War. A number of long distance footpaths run across the Dolomites, which are called "Alte vie" (i.e., high paths). Such long trails, which are numbered from 1 to 8, require at least a week to be walked through and are served by numerous "Rifugi" (huts). The first and, perhaps, most renowned is the Alta Via 1.
The region is commonly divided into the Western (Dolomiti di Brenta) and Eastern Dolomites, separated by a line following the Valle dell' Adige. The range includes more than forty glaciers.
The name Dolomites is derived from the famous French mineralogist Drodat Gratet de Dolomieu who was the first to describe the rock, dolomite, a type of carbonate rock which is responsible for the characteristic shapes and colour of these mountains.
A tourist mecca, the Dolomites are famous for skiing in the winter months and mountain climbing (mountaineering), daily excursions, trekking, climbing and Base Jumping, as well as paragliding and hang gliding in summer and late spring/early autumn. Rock climbing has been a tradition in the Dolomites since 1887, when 17-year-old Georg Winkler soloed the first ascent of the pinnacle Die Vajolettuerme. The main centres include: Rocca Pietore alongside the Marmolada glacier, which lies on the border of the Trentino-Alto Adige and Veneto regions, the small towns of Alleghe, Cortina d'Ampezzo, and the villages of Arabba, Ortisei and San Martino di Castrozza, as well as the whole of the Fassa, Gardena and Badia Valleys.


Mountaineering course on the top of Mamolada Dolomites Alps Italy (m. 3343)

This course is destined for people who love mountain hiking, trekking and via ferrata but would like to extend their knowledge in the rocks and on glaciers in order to being able to proceed in high alpine mountaineering areas in safety.

About Marmolada (m. 3.343) ideal place for our mountaineering courses

Marmolada is a mountain in North-Eastern Italy and the highest mountain of the Dolomites Alps in Italy. The mountain is located about 70 miles north-northeast of Venice, from which it can be seen on a clear day. It consists of a ridge running west to east. Towards the south it breaks suddenly into sheer cliffs, forming a rock face several kilometres long. On the North face there is a comparatively flat glacier, the only large glacier in the Dolomites (the Marmolada Glacier, Ghiacciaio della Marmolada). The Marmolada Dolomites are famous for rock climbing and mountaineering courses. The ridge is composed of several summits, decreasing in altitude from west to east: Punta Penia (3,343 m), Punta Rocca (3,309 m), Punta Ombretta (3,230 m), Monte Serauta (3,069 m), and Pizzo Serauta (3,035 m). An aerial tramway goes to the top of Punta Rocca. Paul Grohmann made the first ascent in 1864, along the north route.
Before World War I, the border between Austria and Italy ran over Marmolada, so it formed part of the front line. Austrian soldiers were quartered in deep tunnels bored into the northern face's glacier, and Italian soldiers were quartered on the south face's rocky precipices. As glaciers retreat, soldiers' remains and belongings are occasionally discovered.


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