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"Altitude notebooks" formula

For a day (or over several days) live an extraordinary experience: the exploration of a glacier facing mythical peaks!


This course is recommended for people already initiated, but it is also open to beginners.

During this course, we will see techniques for understanding, drawing and painting high mountains and glaciers. The aim of the course is to create pages from an altitude logbook which will transcribe your experience in this exceptional setting.


Lieu :  Massif du Mont Blanc ou Massif des Ecrins

Niveau : initié

Marche : Facile à Moyen

durée : une journée à 
1 weekend

Tarif: à partir de 150€ 


Beforehand: We discussed together your aspirations, your desires and your level. I selected a place and a route based on them. We validated together the route and the meeting place .

For this type of course, it is recommended to have a good physical condition.

How is a day organized:

Arrival early in the morning at the car park or the meeting point, we quickly check the equipment of our bags and we take the first skip of the cable car (to see depending on the massif)

Depending on the approach time, we start to draw around 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
At noon we take a break ( plan your snack ) until 1 p.m. and take the opportunity to do some observation, then the rest of the day we move to go draw in other places or stay on site depending on the themes you want to work on.

Before the last dumpster, we are back at the starting point and do a little debriefing.

Over a full weekend , the schedule may vary as we have more time to walk and draw.

We can do a program with a night in an altitude refuge and approach on glaciers to mythical peaks.



Drawing material:
In principle, I provide the equipment, but you can choose to bring your own if you already have the necessary or to buy it before leaving (I can also advise you), here is the list of recommended equipment:

  - a fine , black, water-resistant felt

- 2 pencils with hard and soft tips type 2B / HB and 5 / 6B or a mechanical pencil according to your preferences

- a notebook or sheets of watercolor paper with a grammage greater than or equal to  200g / m2, fine grain  (type CANSON XL Aquarelle, Hahnemuhle, Arches etc.)

- 1 watercolor box (with watercolor in pots or tubes, such as La Petite Aquarelle by Sennelier, Daniel Smith essentials set, Windsor and Newton, Van Gogh etc.) for a box with tubes, remember to take a box in which you will be able to mix colors.

Brushes : Choose synthetic, animals will thank you! (most of the brushes are made from Petit Gris squirrel hair or Kolinsky marten, pony, goat etc.)

Depending on your experience you can take ready-made brush packs or choose them yourself.

I often use Pentel reservoir brushes which have a fine point, are resistant and go anywhere (there are 3 different sizes.)

The brushes you will need in the field are:

- a wash brush (ex: Raphael Softaqua n ° 4 series 805)

- one or more round brushes with more or less fine point of number 3,5 and 8.

- a flat brush with soft bristles

As you learn, you can expand your collection.

- a cup for water 

- a small cloth or towel like "chamois". (I use the small Nabaji towels from Decathlon which are light and efficient)

  You can also take a sturdy plate to fix your notebook, and a small stool or groundsheet (WildSeat type)

I advise you to buy your materials in a creative hobby store to support our merchants, but if you are far from this type of business, here are some useful links to buy art materials:


To give you an idea of my "altitude" terrain palette, it mainly consists of the following colors:

Yellow Hansa Clair (Daniel Smith)

  Gum Gutte (Daniel Smith)  

  Rose Quinacridone (Daniel Smith)

  Pyrrole Scarlet (Daniel Smith)  

  Phthalo Blue (Daniel Smith) 

Ultramarine Blue (Daniel Smith) 

Neutral Tint (Daniel Smith) 

Indigo  (Daniel Smith) 

Royal Blue (Sennelier)

Idanthrène Blue (Sennelier)

Transparent Red Oxide (QOR) 

Burnt Sienna  (QOR) 

Burnt Umber  (QOR)  

White "super covering" gouache Lefranc Bourgeois Linel


Individual equipment:


On you  (obligatory)

  • trousers  resistant to hiking or mountaineering

  •   long-sleeved hiking or climbing t-shirt  or a light thermal t-shirt

  • a backpack (30/35 liters are sufficient)

  • a pair of category 3 sunglasses or  4

  • a pair of shoes suitable for mountaineering (you can rent them)

In your bag:  

  • hat or cap

  • collar size

  •   clothes  insulation: down jacket or thick fleece (if you are cold, take both! In the middle of summer on a glacier it can be cold!)

  • a waterproof windbreaker jacket

  • a pair of warm gloves + under gloves

  • a gourd ( provide 1.5L or more, the seaplane is important in high mountains) or water bag type "Camel back" with pipette

  • your picnic and also something to snack on during the day

  • a personal care and first aid kit (with sunscreen  index  50 , survival blanket, whistle, headlamp, bandages, compresses, bandages for compeed-type blisters)

  • your art materials. In a pencil case or small pouch

Technical material  : 

I could you in  lend a part, unless you are already equipped.  

- ice ax

- pair of crampons

- climbing helmet

- glacier progression equipment

For the weekend we can either sleep in a lodge , or in a refuge or in a bivouac .

I will then provide you with a list of additional equipment.


 Registration and Cancellation

To register, just click on the "registration" button and complete the form, I will contact you upon receipt of it. 

Registration is final when a deposit of 30% of the total price has been made before the course. The rest of the amount to be paid is made on the day of the course.

Regarding cancellations : 

I reserve the right to cancel or postpone a course in the event of bad weather conditions which could compromise the outing or in the event of special conditions. I will contact you ASAP.

Regarding cancellations on your part, you have until the day before the appointment to withdraw.

For a cancellation on the same day, you will be reimbursed with the exception of my travel expenses which will be counted (in some cases it is likely that I will move and sleep in the massif the day before)

Security and Insurance  

Evolving in the mountains can involve certain dangers.

Even if the routes taken are safe, risk 0 does not exist. I provide you with the "artistic" service and accompany you on the ground with my experience and my years of practice, but under no circumstances do I make you pay for the "mountain service" as would a Medium Mountain Guide or a Guide. of High Mountain . We therefore operate under our own respective responsibilities.

As for the practice of mountain activities, there are multisport insurance.

In addition to your equipment, I recommend that you have with you an identity document, your vital card and possibly attach a small information sheet in case of emergency (ex: blood group, allergies, person to contact in case of emergency. emergency etc ...) I always have one with me during my personal outings.


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