So you’ve sampled winter action in the UK, decided you're ready for the next step and booked flights for the Alps – but where to start? Chamonix-based Mountain Guide Tim Blakemore suggests five alpine peaks suitable for a first trip to the Alps. Equipment: walking axe, rope, crampons and glacier rescue equipment. If in any doubt of your mountain skills and knowledge, you know the score: hire a guide. This peak can be climbed over two days using the Aiguille Rouges hut (2,810m) as your base camp.