Instructor: Richard Bottomley, 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
Cost: $400 per person including 4 full mountains days, 1 night at Wyn Irwin Lodge
Pre-course session: An information evening session is held one week night (to be arranged) in Christchurch to give everyone a chance to meet each other and for the instructor to give a plan for the weekend and arrange transport. We will practice the following knots: figure of eight, alpine butterfly, clove hitch, Italian hitch, double fisherman.
Date: September 23-27. Arrive at Wyn Irwin Lodge Thursday (Sep 23rd) night 8pm, finish Monday (South Canterbury Anniversary Day) afternoon 4pm.
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