Instructor: Peter Cammell

Description: This course will provide a solid introduction to the world of mountaineering and is suitable for people with no prior snow or ice experience.  The aim for the course is to foster a love of and movement in the alpine environment, encourage independent climbers to have independent adventures where they come home, better friends with great adventures (sometime including summits).

The course will cover 4 main subjects:

  1. Preparation for the alpine – pre-course evening session: clothing, food & drink, technical gear, avalanche equipment, intentions, trip planning, fitness training, decision making models.
  2. Being in the alpine – mountain weather, observations of conditions & weather, experiencing terrain, appreciation of the environment
  3. Moving in the alpine – exploring terrain, track setting, step cutting, moving in crampons, use of two tools, route finding, navigation
  4. What if preparation – avalanche avoidance, human factors, weather changes, emergency shelter, loss of stability/slips.

‘Preparation for the alpine’ will be an evening Zoom session before the course. You can also use this time to ask any questions, meet others on the course and arrange car-pooling.

Pre-requisites: Good fitness level, multi-day backcountry tramping experience

Venue: Temple Basin, Arthur’s Pass

Accommodation: Kennedy Lodge and CUSC Lodge, Arthur’s Pass. BYO food and drink.

Gear list

Cost: $500 per person covers pre-course zoom meeting, 3 days instruction, 1 night at Kennedy Lodge, 2 nights at CUSC lodge.

Date: July 9-12. Arrive at Kennedy Lodge Friday night 730pm, finish Monday afternoon 3-4pm.

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

Course pre-reading: How to Start Mountaineering.

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SKU: I2M-July9-12 Category: