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WN Section - Snowcraft Course (Split Beginner & Intermediate)


Beginner course:

  • moving on snow using ice axe and crampons
  • evaluating terrain for safe travel
  • navigation
  • avalanche transceiver use

This course focuses on taking participants new to mountaineering into the mountains to gain skills, confidence and experience in the alpine environment.  It requires good fitness and caters to those with little or no experience on snow or ice.  It involves learning the basics of moving around in alpine terrain safely, using an ice axe and crampons, identifying terrain hazards and basic emergency procedures.  It does not include ropes. It assumes prior knowledge of tramping and self management in a remote environment. It does not assume prior knowledge of alpine skills.

Intermediate course:

  • using ropes & snow anchors

This course builds on the competencies of a beginner, adding rope, anchors and belays and single pitch climbing. The course assumes prior knowledge of core snow craft skills such as cramponing, transceiver searches, ice axe use and self management in a remote alpine environment.

All pre-course evenings are in Wellington at Bivouac on the Thursday night a week prior at 6pm.

Courses are held at the Manawatu Lodge on the Whakapapa side of Mt Ruapehu and include accommodation for two nights and main meals. The section provides selected equipment for hire (except boots, clothing and personal items) for $5 an item per 7 days.

The course fee is $270. You need to be a member of the NZAC to attend our snowcraft courses. See for details on how to signup to the NZAC. There is a $100 deposit payable on registration. This deposit is refundable up to a week prior to the start date of the course after which the deposit is forfeited.

Registration forms are available on our section page of the NZAC website.

Course Info


Mt Ruapehu


12 August 2016 - 14 August 2016




NZAC Members only $270

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