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Beginner Snowcraft Course
17 August - 19 August
The purpose of the Beginner Snowcraft Course is to provide an introduction to travelling in low-angle alpine terrain where snow and ice may be encountered but rope protection is not required for safety. It is designed for individuals who have little to no experience in an alpine environment and focuses on personal preparation and movement on snow.
The course consists of a theory evening on Thursday 9th August at Bivouac store, Mercer Street, Wellington and a weekend on Mt Ruapehu on 17th – 19th August.
The course covers an introduction to:
Personal : Fitness, clothing, food and equipment
Environment : Weather, terrain, snowpack and avalanche
Travel : navigation, on snow travel with and without crampons, use of ice axe, step cutting, self-arrest
Shelters : type and use
Emergencies and what to do
On completion, the participant will be able to:
Identify personal fitness, clothing, food and equipment requirements
Identify alpine terrain features
Recognise the main weather characteristics that affect travel, the snow pack and avalanche conditions
Travel on snow in low-angle terrain with an ice axe and with or without crampons
Identify possible emergency situations and response
Courses cost $280 (+ $20 equipment hire fee)
A link to the registration form can be found at https://alpineclub.org.nz/region/wellington/