This is a fantastic way to kick start your glacier travelling skill set! Spend five days exploring multiple outlet glaciers while learning and honing some essential skills for any glacier traveller. This is a comprehensive course covering all basic techniques with no prior experience required. Participants will be able to travel safely on variable terrain on a glacier, set up top-rope ice climbing on a glacier, and perform a simple crevasse rescue. This course is aimed at hard ice outlet glaciers, i.e. glaciers without year-round snow cover. Hence, snow-related topics (e.g. roped-up travel) will not be addressed formally.
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The course runs for 5 consecutive days. Teaching on the course is in the form of lectures and presentations, demonstrations, group discussions and workshops, and practical exercises. Each day will start with a morning meeting at 0900 where the day’s topics are presented, and end with a short discussion and a debrief of the day where important points are highlighted. The days are scheduled to run for 8 hours. Prior familiarity with technical systems (i.e. using a rope) is not required for this course. Practical skills, such as cramponing or route finding/selection on the glacier, will be addressed in a lecture format, but mostly trained in the appropriate terrain. During the course, participants will get feedback on their performance in real-time during exercises and on-demand.
At the end of the course, participants will have a working understanding of:
- Safe and efficient use of crampons
- Effective use of an ice axe
- Glacier morphology and route selection on a crevassed glacier
- General glaciology
- Mountain weather
- Glacier hazard identification and management
- Common knots used in mountaineering
- Common equipment used in mountaineering
- Rappelling and ascending a rope
- Setting up a pulley system and performing a crevasse rescue
- Basic ice climbing technique
- Belaying a climber
Participants will receive a signed diploma, confirming that they have completed the course. In addition, participants will receive personalized feedback, highlighting strengths and areas worth improving, as well as recommendations moving forward.
- Duration – 5 days
- Group size – 6 per instructor
- Price – 90.000 ISK per person