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La Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix Mont-Blanc – The Chamonix Mont Blanc Mountain Guides Association

La Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix Mont-Blanc was founded in 1821. It was the first such association ever. A 240 -strong organisation, it stands as the largest in the world today. Its members are experienced and self-employed guides.
The mountain guides uphold a unique tradition of planning and delivering the best mountaineering experience in the Alps and every other mountain range on the planet. They are heirs to the passion and the expertise of generations of elders.
The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix a has always blazed the trail in the world of mountaineering. The pionneering the organisation is credited with owes much to the commitment, the imagination and thirst for innovation of its members.
Those men and women have climbed mountains and staked routes to the top, charting legendary trails. They have developed techniques such as abseiling and started the very profession of mountaineering guide. They have fathered alpinism as we know it.
Famed guides Roger Frison-Roche, Gaston Rébuffat, Lionel Terray, Louis Lachenal, Armand Charlet have gone down in history and are fondly remembered to this day.…
They and others helped lay the foundations of la Compagnie, and as bold forerunners and explorers, showed the way for generations of guides to come, instilling prudence and respect. They defined the very principles of mountain guiding and set the standards. Our times have seen the profession diversify but decisions made by the Compagnie on the course it should steer often refer the original principles its illustrious founders believed in. The Compagnie never loses sight of it.
The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix Mont Blanc keeps innovating and growing and yet its core values remain unchanged : love and respect for the environment, care for and attention to fellow humans, sharing.

 

Achievements

From the times of its inception, the Compagnie mountain guides have successfully ascended high peaks. Michel Croz reached the top of Grandes Jorasses and of Matterhorn in 1865. Depuis son origine, les guides de la Compagnie ont réussi nombre de grandes réalisations comme la première ascension des Grandes Jorasses et du Cervin par Michel Croz (1865), des Drus par Jean Charlet-Straton climbed to the summit of Les Drus in 1879. The Himalaya stood as the next frontier : Louis Lachanal became the first eight-thousander when he made it to the top of Annapurna in 1950. Five years later, Lionel Terray climbed Makalu, the fifth highest mountain on the planet, peaking at 8463 m. René Demaison climbed Jannu (7710 m) in 1962. The first Frenchman to reach the top of the world, the summit of Mount Everest in 1978 was fellow mountain guide Jean Affanasief. Christophe Profit bagged successful ascents of in summer (1985) and in winter (1987) of the North Faces of Grandes Jorasses, of the Eiger and of Matterhorn. Young generations of guides keep climbing up new untried routes to the summits of the world’s tallest mountains.

 

 

Testimonial

Our profession, which is actually our passion, makes it mandatory to rely on equipment that never fails us. Whatever the nature of the service we are asked to deliver, whatever the location in the world, whatever the weather conditions our bodies are made to withstand, Monnet socks have always lived up to our expectations in terms of comfort, warmth and sturdiness.

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David Ravanel – President of Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix
www.chamonix-guides.com