Program // Clinics

Vertical Ice

Saturday, February 24, 2024

12:00pm - 4:00pm
Intermediate level
8 places available
Clinic appointment time: 11:30 a.m.
Meeting point: Festiglace site reception (see map)


This ice climbing clinic will be run by Nathalie Fortin, an experienced mountaineer with over 20 years’ experience in ice climbing and years of expeditions under her belt, including Everest and K2. She has also developed a vertical ice technique she calls “Le Flamand rose” and gives training courses to help climbers improve their efforts on vertical ice. Join Nathalie for advice on progression, positioning and energy management on ice walls. Smiles and improvements guaranteed!


Participants will need to bring: ice axes, harnesses, helmets, boots and crampons.


Please note that temperatures can be very cold and variable. Therefore, bring layers of clothing that you can adjust, from functional T-shirts to fleece or wool mid-layers, a down jacket, GORE-TEX jacket, softshell pants, GORE-TEX pants, a hat, a pair of thin, warm gloves, and a spare pair of gloves.

Bring a charged headlamp and a 30-liter backpack.

Sun protection (sunglasses, high-protection sun cream, lip stick), enough food for the duration of the clinic, and water (at least 2 liters) for a full day in the mountains. It’s also nice to have a hot drink in a YETI thermos.

Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture beautiful memories of your experience.

$125 per person

*Taxes not included.

Nathalie Fortin

Nathalie Fortin is an experienced mountaineer and talented teacher. With over 20 years’ experience in ice climbing, she is recognized for her expertise and dedication to sharing her knowledge with others.