All our courses aim to train you so that you can master the course theme without a guide. The focus will be on practice and repetition until you are confident and independent of the guide. It this is achieved is dependent on your prior knowledge and skill and how determined you are. Also, in all mountaineering it is only possible to reach the basic level on a course. You need to use this course as a platform to develop. Even though courses are focused on practice and repetition, there are great experiences on the way to being a real mountaineer.
Moderate: Short distances (4-8 km), moderate incline and less then 500 m climb per day. Activities rated as moderate are well suited for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day or parts of a day.
Challenging: More demanding distances (6-12 km), partly steep, regularly more than 500 m climb per day, occasionally between 1000 and 1500 m climb. These activities are physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.
Tough: Our toughest activities, involving long days and regularly steep or high climbs (more than 1000 m). A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.
We meet in the morning. After an introduction of each others and going through the program, we start learning about glacier equipment and knots.
Then we walk to the blue ice to learn how to use crampons, ice axe, ice-screws and the rope. We also practice how to tie ourselves together into the rope. After a lunch on the ice, we walk into the ice formations tied together. Now we start to practice route selection and how to use the rope team and ice screws to make the journey safe.
In the evening you will learn the theory about rescuing people from a crevasse.
The first half of the day will be used to practice rescuing on ice. All of you will be lowered into a crevasse, and the others need to rescue you using the method of ‘lose rolle’ or pulley. After lunch we will move into the blue ice formations again to practice route selection and safety routines.
In the evening you will learn about alpine dangers, and how to rescue from a snow crevasse.
The last day we moves back to the blue ice. You will try basic climbing and rappell, and any other themes you want to learn more about. After lunch, you will be offered a trip into the ice where you must take all decisions yourself. The guide will only look after your safety.
After an evaluation, the course ends early in the evening.
We always use certified guides. In addition, this activity includes hire of glacier equipment (helmet, harness, ice axe, crampons, ice screws, carabiners, ropes).
Look at the FAQ section below for a detailed list of equipment you need to bring yourself.