Mountaineering is a high mountain sport that consists of climbing summits and even glaciers. It is practised in different ways such as rock climbing, glacier climbing, mixed climbing or glacier trekking. This practice is based on different techniques of progression and requires the learning of specific techniques, the acquisition of a know-how that allows one to apprehend the risks inherent to altitude, the hostile environment in which one will evolve and which differs from the usual terrain of hiking.
Alpinism appeared in the 19th century and consists solely of climbing mountain peaks. Mountaineering requires physical and mental qualities, specific and increasingly specialised equipment and special knowledge to guarantee the safety of those who practise it.
The high mountains are more accessible but remain an area reserved for a certain elite. It allows you to share moments of great intensity, to overcome your fears, test your limits and purge your thoughts.
It brings a sense of greatness, beauty, purity and the desire to always dominate oneself. “IN THE MOUNTAINS, WE ARE ON A PATH OF EXISTENCE WHICH IS REAL, WITH WHICH WE CANNOT PLAY….”
- In 2015, alpinism is included in the inventory of intangible cultural heritage in France and then on the representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity since December 2016