Instructor: Simon Ball

Description: Getting access to the mountains in NZ normally involves moraine and hard ice travel. Knowing how to navigate in open crevassed areas in hard ice glaciated terrain safely and how to do a peer and self-rescue are important skills to have in mountaineering. Sometimes later in the summer season, climbing glacial ice might be part of the journey. Most of these skills are transferrable to technical routes in the higher mountains. During your mountaineering trip, you might have to camp on hard ice or moraine, so learning how to set up tents in these areas are another valuable skill to have.

Purpose: To provide a short course in safe practice for traveling on hard ice glaciated terrain and managing the hazards associated with it. To learn how to ice climb on hard ice terrain (lead & top rope), ice anchors and to learn crevasse rescue practices. To learn how to camp on hard ice terrain.

Pre-requisites: Snow craft 1 or equivalent experience. Experienced with crampons on moderate terrain. Basic belay and abseiling techniques. Knots: figure-8, alpine butterfly, clove/italian hitch, munter mule, double fisherman – https://www.animatedknots.com/climbing-knots

Venue: Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Accommodation: Wyn Irwin, Tasman Glacier camping

Itinerary & Gear list

Cost: $400 per person, includes 4 full glacier days and 1 night at Wyn Irwin Lodge (note, this price does not include the cost of flights to and from the Glacier).

Pre-course session: Practice these rope skills and look over these other resources related to snow & ice anchors

Date: October 20-24. Arrive at Wyn Irwin Lodge Wednesday night (20th) at 8pm, finish Sunday (24th) afternoon at 4pm.

Course full? Sign up to the Waiting List and you will be notified if there are drop outs.

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