THE COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
A perfect combination of trekking and landscape photography in the stunning Chamonix region of the French Alps.
AT A GLANCE
• Location: Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
• Dates: Sunday 25th June to Saturday 1st July 2017
• Accommodation: half board (shared twin basis)
• Transport: transfer from Geneva, cable cars, local transport all included in price
• Average group size: 6-8 (max 10)
• Cost: £1,300
• A perfect combination of alpine trekking and landscape photography
• A week spent photographing superb alpine panoramas, snow-capped mountains, glacial rivers and alpine spring flowers
• Expert photography guidance throughout the trip
• Adobe Photoshop tuition in the comfort of the hotel
• Fully qualified International Mountain Leader throughout
• Three star, half board accommodation in the heart of the historic and vibrant mountaineering town of Chamonix
• Arrival and departure transfers from Geneva Airport
• Cable cars, local bus and train transport
• 5 dinners
• 5 breakfasts
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
• Flights to Geneva (we can advise on Geneva flights if needed)
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Lunches and snacks
Chamonix village centre offers an abundance of excellent bars, restaurants and shops.
Laurie has been passionate about the outdoors since he was a teenager and was sent to Scotland on a school Outward Bound course. From then on, he took every opportunity to go backpacking, rock climbing or mountaineering. A love of the outdoors led him to a spell in the Royal Marines, after which he shared his working time between leading expeditions, mountaineering and a career in the Fire and Rescue Service and now works full-time in the outdoors.
Laurie is a qualified International Mountain Leader and member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders. He has been leading expeditions and providing outdoor skills training for over 25 years for adventure travel companies, private groups and individuals. "I have been fortunate enough to trek, climb and lead groups in many parts of the world including the European Alps, Mongolia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Central America, West Africa and Scandinavia. I have climbed many interesting routes and peaks, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn"
In the Fire and Rescue Service he specialised in the management of Technical Rescue and Multi-Agency Incident Command, with a particular focus on wide-spread flooding events.
He also holds the UK Mountain Leader Summer and Winter Awards, the Single Pitch Award for rock climbing and abseiling, and the Wilderness Medical Training Far From Help First Aid qualification. When not in the mountains, much of his time is spent teaching outdoor skills, Incident Management and rescue techniques for the emergency services
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
Adrian Oakes is a successful and well known Landscape photographer based in Devon with many years of experience behind the camera. He has six hardback books published by Halsgrove, based on Dartmoor, The English Riviera and recently one on Devon Food Producers with top Devon chef, Peter Gorton.
His images have also appeared on book and magazine covers, and are regularly used by businesses for promotion, brochures, web sites and publicity.
He also sells his work through many outlets, galleries and retailers throughout Devon.
Adrian has judged photographic competitions and is a popular speaker at many camera clubs during the year and hosts many photography workshops around Dartmoor and also teaches photography and post processing on popular courses at Darts Farm near Topsham.
He is well known for his relaxed and intuitive teaching style that encourages the natural eye for a photo whilst sharing the necessary technical knowledge.
This course is for anyone who loves both photography and trekking, and who would like to improve their landscape photography skills whilst trekking in the stunning European Alps. The course would suit all levels from beginner to advanced photographers. We use our extensive local knowledge to get you to the best spots, and to help you take and edit incredible photographs. Unlike most trekking holidays, we don't mind if you keep stopping to take pictures, that's the whole point!
Each day will typically involve taking a cable car, or mountain railway, to get to the best vantage points. This will then be followed by treks through mountains and forests taking plenty of opportunity to get the best shots. We will also visit glaciers, mountain lakes and occasional alpine refuges for refreshments. During the course of the week there may also be an optional opportunity to shoot at sunrise or sunset.
WHAT MAKES OUR COURSE DIFFERENT?
Laurie Adams Outdoors has teamed up with the renowned photographer and tutor Adrian Oakes . Adrian has been teaching landscape photography for many years and has published several books.
Laurie has been climbing and leading treks in the European Alps for over 20 years and has a in-depth knowledge of the Chamonix valley area. He is a qualified International Mountain Leader and keen amateur photographer.
Our course aims to achieve a perfect blend of photography and trekking. We enjoy the group experience, discussing techniques and swapping stories with fellow photographers. We often learn as much chatting over a meal with a glass of wine as we do out on the hill!
WHAT ABOUT ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD?
In order to get the best value for money we provide twins rooms and allocate rooms by gender. Of course, if you are a couple or with a friend you can choose to be accommodated together. We may be able to offer a single room for a supplement according to availability (please contact us for more information).
This year we will be staying at the newly refurbished Pointe Isabelle Hotel in the centre of Chamonix with great views of the surrounding mountains. Breakfast and dinner will be taken in their excellent bistro. You can view their first-class reviews on TripAdvisor here
. There are also many bars and restaurants within a short walk of the hotel to suit all budgets.
WHERE AND WHEN DO WE MEET?
We meet for a welcome drink in the lounge of the hotel at 6pm on Sunday 25 June, and discuss the itinerary for the week and timings for the following day. We will also check kit and help with any last minute requirements.
How fit do I need to be?
You need to be able to walk for 4-5 hours per day on good quality tracks carrying a small day sack containing lunch, waterproofs, water and photography gear. We tend to use cable cars and uplifts where possible, but there will also be some uphill walking including the occasional steep ascent.
What equipment is needed?
A full kit list will be sent with the trip details on receipt of your booking. No special kit is required, and hill walking equipment suitable for the UK will also be suitable for the Alps. Photography equipment is not provided and you will need to bring your own. Safety and communication equipment is provided and carried by the Mountain Leader.
WHAT IF THERE IS SOMETHING I AM UNSURE OF?
Please do not hesitate to drop us a line using our contact us page
if you have any queries or would like more information.
HOW DO I BOOK?
A deposit of £325 is required to reserve a place on this trip. The full fee is payable eight weeks before the commencement of the trip.
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We look forward to meeting you!
By submitting a booking request you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting a booking request, you agree to the terms and conditions set out below:
• All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
• We do not offer alternative dates if you need to cancel the dates that you have booked.
• A payment of a deposit or a full course/trip fee is required to secure your booking.
• In the event that you cancel your course/trip, the balance of your course/trip fee (less deposit) is only returnable if you give Laurie Adams Outdoors 8 weeks’ or more notice before the course/trip commencement date.
• A full refund of your course/trip fee will be made should Laurie Adams Outdoors cancel your course for any reason other than non-payment of the balance due.
• If you cancel your course space with less than 8 weeks’ notice, we will only re-reimburse you the fee (less the deposit) if we are able to re-sell the course space on your behalf.
• The remainder of your course/trip fees should be paid a minimum of 8 weeks before the course commences.
• If the balance is not paid by this date we reserve the right to re-sell your course/trip space without refunding your deposit.
• You should ensure you are fully insured for your course/trip to cover all cancellation and medical emergencies as well as equipment loss or theft.
• Should the minimum course/trip ratio or trip numbers not be met, and the course cancelled, you will be offered a choice of alternative dates or a full refund. We accept no responsibility for any additional costs incurred.
• Should you be unable to arrive at the designated meeting point at the designated start time, for any elements of your course/trip, for whatever reason, including weather issues, road closures or transport problems, we will not be liable for any refunds or transfer of dates.
• You agree to abide by any decisions made by Laurie Adams or his associate instructors/guides with regard to the safety of the course/trip participants.
• You are aware that the weather plays an important factor in outdoor activities, and agree to any change to the course/trip programme that is prompted by the prevailing weather conditions.
• You are aware that your course/trip will contain an element of risk.
• You are physically fit for the course/trip you have chosen and will inform the instructor/guide of any medical condition that might affect your ability to complete the course/trip safely.
You are also advised to read the following British Mountaineering Council participation statement:
‘The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.’
This statement applies equally to hill walking and outdoor courses.