|Environment||Wild, unspoilt and inspiring, + 300 days of sunshine PA!|
|Adventure||The widest range of outdoor activities on offer anywhere in Europe, guaranteeing fun and achievement!|
|Staff||We only use the highest-qualified staff who inspire by sharing their passion for adventure and the life lessons that they have learned from the outdoors|
|Management||Seamless, simple communication - your AA Account Manager stays with you from planning through to course completion|
|Education||Self-leadership, independence, engagement with nature, motivation, tenacity, confidence, sense of perspective, maturity, self reliance, initiative|
|Safety||All our courses exceed industry safety standards based on detailed risk assessments and the best hand-picked and highly-qualified outdoor professionals|
How we can support you!
Larger Groups (50+)
These are year group size, 50+ that are looking for an adventure program that meets the needs of all the group, allowing for individual challenge and achievement - something special that the whole school can look forward too.
Smaller Groups (10+)
Our smaller group provision is aimed at groups made up of students who have signed up for the trip of a life time. Our great range of multi activities will have them rushing to put their names down.
These courses are all about learning and developing skills in a specfic adventure sport. Starting at the beginning or utilising existing skills, perfect for school clubs such as rock climbing.
School talks and presentations
At the AlpBase Academy we work with men and women who have devoted their lives and careers to exploring the world’s wild places. The professional adventurers listed below fully support our belief in the educational benefits of outdoor activities. If you would like a school presentation from any one of them, please contact us.
Hazel has been climbing for 21 of her 27 years, - she was the British junior champion six times, and was the first British woman to climb a trad route at E9, and free El Capitan in Yosemite.
Jerry is a Type 1 Diabetic, one of the UK’s leading expedition climbers over a 35-year career, Co-founder of The AlpBase Academy and Action4Diabetics.org. and a World Diabetes Ambassador.
Kenton Cool is an IFMGA mountain guide and Britain’s leading alpine climber. He has successfully climbed Mount Everest a UK record 12 times, including leading Sir Ranulph Fiennes's expeditions.
A few examples of some of our activities
Our guides and instructors are fully qualified to the highest level
On any course, the most important aspect is always the quality of the instructor or guide. At the AlpBase Academy we totally believe in this and only use full time, fully qualified outdoor professionals. This allows our young people the opportunity to learn from the best - real experts in their chosen field of expertise.
Co-founder of The AlpBase Academy, Jerry’s career started as an officer in The Royal Marines. He is one of the UK’s most successful expedition leaders and a professional mountaineer over a 30 year career ......
Rob Benton, the Academy's other co-founder has been an outdoor professional instructor since 1995. Rob holds the MIA and IML awards and is a fully qualified FE teacher .......
Mathieu is another example of an instructor who trains the trainers; he is an IFMGA mountain guide, and a full ENSA ski instructor ......
As well as holding a range of adventure qualifications in mountain leading, rock climbing and kayaking/ canoeing, Sandra is also a fully qualified youth worker .....
Dave is one of the most highly regarded River Guides in France. He has instructed as a river guide all his working life - more than 20 years. Dave has travelled to 5 of the World’s .....
Darren Joy is one of the most qualified and respected White Water Guides in the UK. Darren is a full time BCU Level 5 Coach ......
Other ways we can support YOU!
Missing the alps and the adventure and achievement that come from an AlpBase Academy course? Why not return for an action packed summer camp, taking part in a wide range of activities, or spending time getting really good at your favourite activity.
If your children have enjoyed their time with us, why not relive the fun and adventure as a family or with a group of friends? Working with their favourite instructors, have a go at activities your children know and love. Or try some new ones that will become firm favourites.
Thank you for another great Year 9 KS3 multi-activity course. It was a pleasure to work with you, as always – a great week. I was completely worn out by the end of the week, but with 62 students and 10 teachers in total it was a lot to process! In terms of the pupils we managed to get through waves, up climbs and over mountains, I think that the week was one of the most successful I can remember. Your program in the Hautes Alpes remains just about the most adventurous and ambitious course imaginable for kids of that age from a city school – long may it stay that way!!
Head of Business Studies
British School of Paris
Jun 9, 2013
From Michael Farley
Subject: Re: Well done and THANK YOU .......Leadership In Action
To all climbing participants,
Thank you so much for supporting our Climbers Against Diabetes fund raising challenge. And thank you for your inspiring school presentation, Jerry.
We're very happy to have given Sam and all involved this opportunity - a great effort and all for your fantastic cause. Lots of kids are going to benefit from the climb.
Well done again to all involved - and thanks to you Jerry for the inspiration in the first place.
13 Jun 2016
From: Kevin Moran
To: Jerry Gore, The AlpBase Academy
I would like to say I have been highly impressed with this year’s Yr. 7 KS3 week. All activities have been a direct improvement on other providers course. Also, the whole team was very impressed with Rob Benton, our Course Director for Yr. 7 throughout the week.
Head of Activities
British School of Paris
Tuesday 21 June 2016
From: Headmaster – BSP To: Jerry Gore
Subject: Residential trip (British School of Paris)
I wanted to write to you and your team to express my thanks for all that you have done to make the 2016 BSP KS3 expeditions week such a success.
I am delighted to report that judging from all that I heard about the trips staff were very impressed with what they saw and did. Your corner of the Alps most definitely received a thumbs up!
Having spoken with the students it is clear that many achieved things of which they thought they were incapable, and ensuring that they know that they really do have true grit when it comes to facing obstacles. This opportunity will be a major element in shaping their approach to challenges in the future.
The British School of Paris
Thu, Jun 23, 2016
Thank you so much for an incredible ski touring trip.
When we came up with the plan of running a school backcountry skiing trip there really were no companies out there offering this trip. But having run sport climbing trips through AlpBase Academy for a number of years, they were the obvious choice and we spoke with Rob and Jerry who were excited to work with us on this project.
This trip was completely bespoke for our requirements and Rob worked with us tirelessly to plan every detail and was always available on the phone and email to answer every query I had. In the end, the trip surpassed all the expectations of everyone involved. The accommodation was perfect, the skiing amazing and the guide was knowledgeable, connected well with the students, was patient and very safety conscious. Even throughout the course, the itinerary was tweaked to tailor it to the abilities of the students and to take advantage of the excellent snow conditions.
I think this feedback from one parent says it all “My son had an absolutely fantastic time and is smitten with powder. For a boy of few words and not known for overstatement, his rating for the trip of 9.5 out of 10 said it all”
I look forward to working with AlpBase Academy for our next trip.
St Paul's School