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Advanced Snowcraft Course
24 August - 26 August
The course consists of a theory evening on Thursday 16th August at Bivouac store, Mercer Street, Wellington and a weekend on Mt Ruapehu on 24th – 26th August.
The purpose of the Advanced Snowcraft course is to provide extended coaching alpine skills for travelling in moderate to steep angle alpine terrain where pitching is required to progress. It is designed for individuals who have reasonable experience in alpine terrain and are looking develop further techniques in mountaineering in order to access more routes. It develops on the core lessons taught in the Beginner and Intermediate Snowcraft Course and introduces concepts of movement and travel over a wider range of snow and mixed terrain.
The course covers furthering understanding of:
Personal : Fitness, clothing, food and equipment
Environment : Weather, terrain, snowpack and avalanche
Travel : navigation, on snow travel with crampons, ice axe, ropes, harness and anchors
Shelters : type and use
Emergencies and what to do
On completion, the participant will be able to:
Demonstrate a detailed understanding of risk management through awareness of alpine hazards including surface conditions, avalanche danger, terrain factors and weather
Tie appropriate knots for alpine use
Set up a belay according to current accepted practice
Set up snow anchors
Demonstrate ability to travel safely and manage risk in an alpine environment.
Demonstrate an understanding of weather in an alpine environment
Establish an emergency shelter in the alpine setting and begin to understanding the requirements of emergency management
Show competency in avalanche rescue equipment
Courses cost $280 (+ $20 equipment hire fee)
A link to the registration form can be found at https://alpineclub.org.nz/region/wellington/