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

Itinerary & Gear list

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.

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

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  • You must be a CMC member to attend this course as this course is generously subsidised by the CMC Fenwick Trust.
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  • Feel free to contact the Instruction Officer before signing up if unsure: instruction@cmc.net.nz
  • Please note that CMC does not hire any gear. You will need adequately stiff boots for this course, flexible tramping boots will not be sufficient, but stiff tramping boots will be OK for an introductory course. If avalanche gear is required for this course, you must bring an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. It is best to book these from hire shops as early as possible before the course starts. Please contact the Instruction Officer if unsure: instruction@cmc.net.nz
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  • Declaration of Risk & Acknowledgement

    I understand the alpine environment involves inherent risks. I understand the instructors will take the utmost caution to manage all risks and ensure student safety but there still remains a residual element of risk in a mountaineering environment that may be beyond their control. I understand I am responsible for my own safety and will take great care to prepare appropriate for the course, conduct myself in a safe way on the mountain, and listen to and comply with instructions at all times.
  • Refund Policy

    I understand that after signing up through this form, if I have to pull out of the course for any reason (including injury), I will receive the following refund depending on the time of cancellation before the course: More than 4 weeks = 100% refund 2-4 weeks = 80% refund 5 days - 2 weeks = 50% refund Less than 5 days = 0% refund This is to protect the CMC from financial losses due to courses running below full capacity as the costs for guides are fixed regardless of participant numbers.
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SKU: HIL1-Sep23-27 Category: