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Mountaineering Courses and Guiding


Moran Mountain's Alpine course business was sold to Frost Guiding Courses Ltd with effect from 1st September 2014.

This brings to an end our 30 year history of running courses in the Alps. We started in the summer of 1985, wild-camping with our clients in Argentière woods in the Chamonix valley. Martin and Joy quickly saw the potential for chalet-based courses offering full-board meals, and Joy applied her culinary and organisational skills to set this up in 1986. We have retained the format of good accommodation, home-cooking, social ambience and flexible itineraries ever since. In 1994 we moved our summer base from the Chamonix valley to the beautiful village of Evolène in the Valais Alps of Switzerland, and 2014 was our 20th consecutive season there.

We are delighted that Graham and Janine Frost are continuing our traditions as they develop their year-round business in ski-touring and alpinism in Evolène. Graham started his alpine guiding career as an aspirant with us 10 years ago and since then has been a regular guide with us every summer. We are confident that Graham's long-proven mountain-guiding abilities and Janine's administrative skills will be a winning combination.

We wish them luck and warmly recommend you to join Frost Guiding for your next Alpine mountaineering course or holiday.

Moran Mountain is running dedicated ALPINE PREPARATION courses in Scotland at Easter 2016, and we are continuing our full range of Scottish, Norwegian and Himalayan courses and expeditions.

Directed by Graham and Janine Frost, we run a full program of Alpine mountaineering and trekking courses from Evolène, Switzerland

Based on Moran Mountain’s popular summer courses and continuing the traditions and high standards set by Martin, we offer the same:

    • Comfortable, fully catered alpine chalets
    • Experienced British mountain guides
    • Legendary cooking and home baking
    • Stunning Swiss mountains
    • Flexible itineraries
    • Spirit of adventure 

Most of all, we want to help you make the most of your time in the mountains

Summer 2016 (from 11 June to 1 October):
 Eiger, MatterhornIntroductory Alpine Climbing, Italian Haute RouteMont Blanc, Swiss 4000’ers, Alpine North FacesSwiss Big Three and much more…       

Whatever your level of experience, we promise you an unforgettable mountain holiday

Visit us at: frostguiding.co.uk

Martin Moran will be available for personal private guiding enquiries on a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio for climbs in the French Alps (Mont Blanc massif, Ecrins, Vanoise), Italian Alps (Dolomites, Gran Paradiso) or Eastern Switzerland (Bernina and Bregaglia) in July, August and early Autumn 2016.

Alpine Preparation Week - 15th -21st Apr 2017

Designed for mountaineers who are planning a trip to the Alps later in the year, this course provides a thorough week of training and technical preparation, using our long experience of running ands guiding Alpine courses, with application of the techniques on some of our best local mountain routes. The week is run from our base in Strathcarron in the "Alpine" conditions of Scotland in early Spring. You can come on this course as an individual or group. The course will kick-start your Alpine ambitions and ensure you get the most from your Alpine climbing trips.

Skills covered: Snowcraft skills and crampon techniques; snow and ice belays; ropework systems for glacier travel and ridges; crevasse rescue; hoisting systems and self-rescue; movement skills on mixed terrain; abseil routines; routeplanning and assessment of snow conditions - coaching and practice on our local mountains supplemented by indoor seminars and lecture presentations.

Itinerary: Typical itinerary and venues:-

Day 1: Glen Shiel - South Cluanie Ridge: snowcraft, snow belays, short-roping and moving together systems on gully and ridge trerrain
Day 2: Cuillin Ridge, Skye: movement skills and ropework on rock and mixed ridges; with coaching of skills for traverses and descents:
Day 3: Rock crags, Applecross: crevasse rescue, hoisting and self-rescue training, multi-pitch abseil routines, rock belays
Day 4: Liathach, Torridon: Traverse of Northern Pinnacles applying all the skills required to tackle AD standard Alpine routes; crevasse rescue practice on snow. Day 5: Coire Lagan, Skye: round of the corrie, applying all the skills learnt on the earlier days

2017 Dates: 15-21 Apr (arr Sat dep Fri), Course ratio: 3:1 max

Price: £820

Price includes all Guiding, local Transport, up to 6 nights Full-board accommodation at Coulags Lodge

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