BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE
WITH BLUE LAKE ICE CLIMBING
Allie firmly believes that a solid skill base leads to the success of any mountaineering expedition and she wants to share her knowledge and experience with you. This course is designed for outdoor enthusiasts keen to broaden their horizons into the world of mountaineering. It is a good training course for Allie's overseas mountaineering expeditions or for adventurers heading abroad on other expeditions or technical mountaineering courses.
Basic skills include:
- Snow camping
- Navigation in extreme alpine environments
- Snow climbing and snow and ice anchors
- Crevasse rescue and glacier travel techniques
- Avalanche awareness
- Self rescue
- Self arrest
- Crampon techniques
- Ice axe techniques
- Belaying, climbing, abseiling and rope management techniques
- Ice climbing
Three nights camping in the Kosciusko National Park
NPWS usage and permit fees and public liability insurance
Skills instruction by a fully qualified instructor
The use of group emergency equipment (First Aid Kit, PLB, GPS, maps and compasses)
The use of group camping equipment (tents, stoves, toileting kits)
The use of group technical climbing equipment (ropes, snow stakes, ice screws, climbing hardware)
The use of some personal technical climbing equipment (snow shoes, trekking poles, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, helmets and climbing hardware)
All meals during the course (from lunch Day 1 to lunch Day 4)
A deposit of $250 is required to reserve a place on the Basic Mountaineering Course. The full balance of the course fee must be paid for your place to be confirmed on the course. Full payment is due one month prior to the course start date. Email email@example.com for a booking form, payment details and terms and conditions.
Please feel free to contact us on 0410 318 249 with any questions about the course. We look forward to meeting you!
Take note: You are required to hike for around 5-6km in the snow using snow shoes to the base camp. You will need to carry a pack of around 20- 25kg, so a high level of hiking fitness is required to undertake this course as well as previous pack carrying experience.
2022 course dates TBC
Guiding ratio 1:4
Pre course meeting: 3pm at Berridale (20 min before Jindabyne) the afternoon before the course commences to complete gear checks and issue equipment/food. (This allows time for participants to shop for any pieces of gear or clothing they may need)
Course officially commences the next morning. You must organise your own accomodation for this night and dinner is not provided. You also must attend this meeting.
Day 1: Meet at 8am in Jindabyne (breakfast not provided). Travel to Guthega Village. Hike to our snow base camp and set up camp.
Day 2,3,4: Mountain skills training and ice climbing at Blue Lake. Finish approx. 4pm at Guthega Village on the 4th day.
"Thanks Allie for the most amazing course- certainly a highlight of my life. I can't stop reminiscing over the photos I've got a sore neck! I miss your quirky voice saying "Awwwesome" you are one of a kind."- Tamara Duncan
"I've done two courses with Allie in the Snowy Mountains over the past two years, and what an amazing experience I had on both! Last year the Basic Mountaineering course saw our group tackle some of the most challenging weather that Kosciuszko has to offer, making for some serious plan changes, massive opportunities to learn and a true sense of adventure. Allie's knowledge, humour and attention to our group members was first rate, giving me the confidence to push my own boundaries and get the most out of the course. In August this year I completed the Ice Climbing at Blue Lake course, which was a totally different experience again. Snow-shoeing out to make camp and waking up to beautiful blue skies and fresh snow was breathtaking. The rope skills and experience of learning to climb a vertical ice fall with crampons and ice axes made for an awesome challenge - I'm still grinning like a madman writing about it now. Thanks Allie, your approach, outlook and the skills you've taught me over the two courses have put an overseas mountaineering trip firmly on my radar."- Aaron Priest.