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WN Section - Snowcraft Course (Intermediate)

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Intermediate course:

Course 1: 9th and 17th - 19th Aug


Course 2: 16th and 24th
- 26th Aug - Course now full – waitlist available, please enquire at wellington@alpineclub.org.nz

Theory and practical evenings at Bivouac Store, Mercer Street, Wellington. Practical weekends at Whakapapa Ski-field, Mt Ruapehu
$280 ($300 if you need to hire gear)

  • Includes accommodation, food and instruction
  • Does not include snack food or transport to and from the lodge


Note : To be eligible for these courses you must be available to attend the start of the course on the Thursday night and be able to depart Wellington in time to arrive at Whakapapa by 8:30pm on the Friday night. This usually means leaving Wellington by 3pm.

Course content is subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Intermediate Course Outline
The purpose of the Intermediate Snowcraft course is to provide fundamental alpine skills for travelling in low-angle alpine terrain up to 30º where a rope may be required for protection. It is designed for individuals who have limited experience in alpine terrain and are looking for an entry-level course in mountaineering. It develops on the core lessons taught in the Beginner Snowcraft Course and introduces the use of ropes, harnesses and anchors required for protection when travelling in steeper 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:

  • Correctly fit a harness
  • Demonstrate a fundamental 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 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
  • Have a basic knowledge of avalanche phenomena
  • Familiarity and basic use of avalanche rescue equipment


Choose the Beginner Course if you have a season or less experience in an alpine environment. Focus is on essentials, personal preparation and safe movement on snow.

If you have completed the Beginner course and have 2 seasons or more in alpine terrain, sign up for the Intermediate course which introduces ropes, harnesses and anchors required for protection when travelling in steeper terrain.

If you have completed the Intermediate course and have had 3 seasons or more in an alpine environment and you’re comfortable with using ropes and building snow anchors, the Advanced course provides an introduction to pitching as well as more work on snow anchors.

Send your questions to
wellington@alpineclub.org.nz or register here: https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/e/ 1FAIpQLSdGDLdRla1srdNgVCzGH MnFIsDUSmAyWeSA6D4elsGeUBC JbA/viewform


Photo source: NZAC Wellington Section

Course Info

Where

Theory and practical evenings at Bivouac Store, Mercer Street, Wellington. Practical weekends at Whakapapa Ski-field, Mt Ruapehu

Date

24 August 2018 - 26 August 2018

Time

00:00

Price

NZAC Members only - Own Gear = $280, Hire Gear = $300

If you have registered on this website or are an NZAC member please login first before applying to join this course.

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