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Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland

Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland
Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland
Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland
Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland
Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland
Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland
Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland

This is a recreational course but done in a very wild area where everybody will learn a lot of things even if the participants have had previous experience in the mountains.

The main goal of the course is to learn techniques of mountaineering, and in the end to be able to enjoy the mountains in the future with friends or clients in a safe environment.

All participants will put their newly learned skills to the test and will essentially be able to lead parts of the glacier travel routes during the last days of the course.

Topics covered in this course:

- knowledge of the gear (slings, ice screws, ATC, t-bloc, micro-traction…)

- basic mountaineering knots

- descending/ ascending a rope

- ice anchor and snow anchors

- crevasse rescue and rope work (in different scenarios)

- glaciology and crevasse patterns

- hard ice movement vs snow cover glacier movement

- route selection on a snow cover glacier

- camping in the wilderness on a glacier


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Dec.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Ice Climbing, Camping
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
Pickup information:

    You meet us at the departure location.
    Included:
    • 5 days guided course thought by a member of the AIMG glacier guide certified guide

    • Harness • Helmet • Crampons • Ice axe • One triple locking carabiner • Snow picket • 1 ice screws each • Rope

    • Transportation by boat to reach the wild area of the course

    • Camping dried food and cooking gear (such as stove, pots, gas…) for all days out of Kulusuk

    • 2 nights in a mountain hut, one in Kulusuk

    • Expedition tents

    • Polar bear deterrent

    • Satellite phone

    • A document at the end of the course to be added to your CV

    • Recreational course participation

    • A gear list will be sent to the participants in May

    • 2 nights in Kulusuk (hostel or similar). We can help with finding accommodation

    • Personal insurance

    • Flights to and from Kulusuk


    What to bring:
    • Personal gear (harness, backpack, sleeping bag)

    • 2 camping matrasses (foam and inflatable)

    • 4 unlocking carabiner & 6 locking carabiner

    • Sleeping bag (comfort 0°C)

    • Backpack ca. 60L

    • Water bottle 2L PERSONAL GEAR

    • Base layer T-shirt (no cotton)

    • Sweater or fleece mid layer

    • Base layer pants

    • Hiking pants

    • Waterproof Pants

    • Waterproof jacket

    • Warm jacket (down or synthetic)

    • Hat • Gloves (thin and thick pairs)

    • Sun glasses + Sun cream

    • Personal kit (tooth paste, brush, contact lens…and similar)

    • Optional: • Mug • Crocks shoes or similar Base camp shoes

    • Snow shovel

    • 1 sling 150cm - 1 sling 120 cm - 2 cordalette 7mm 5meters long - 1 atc guide or reverso belay device

    • Snow picket (if you have, not mandatory)

    • Micro traction (if you have, not mandatory)

    • T-block (if you have, not mandatory)


    Good to know:

    So far we have 2 confirmed bookings and 4 spots left.

    This is a recreational course but done in a very wild area where everybody will learn many

    things even if participants have previous experience in the mountains.

    The main goal of the course is to learn techniques of mountaineering to be able to enjoy the

    mountains in the future with friends or clients in a safe environment.

    All participants will practice the knowledge learnt and will be able to lead parts of the glacier

    travel routs during the last days of the course.



    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival and rope work


    Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland


    DAY 1

    Am

    - Gear overview and specs

    - Knots (figure 8, overhand, clove hitch, butterfly knot, prusik)

    Pm

    - Rope management for glacier travel:

    - Team of 2 vs 3 or more

    - Mountaineering kiwi-coils

    - Roping up for glacier travel

    - Ascending a rope with knots

    - Repelling

    Evening:

    - Planning a multiday

    - Route

    - Weather

    - Packing

    Q/A from the day


    Day 2 - Boat ride to destination of the course: glacier travel techniques and crevasse rescue


    Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland


    DAY 2

    Am

    - Boat to destination of the course

    - Hike to the hut

    - Leave gear in the hut, lunch in the hut:

    - Glaciology and crevasse patterns

    - Bergschrund crossing

    Pm

    - Snow field exercise:

    - Snow anchor (ice axe, picket, t-slot)

    - Ice anchor

    - Crevasse rescue scenarios:

    1. Fallen climber can help (2:1 mechanical advantage)

    2. Fallen climber cannot help (6:1)

    3. Double Mariner 7:1

    Q/A from the day


    Day 3 - Glacier travel


    Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland


    Day 3

    Glacier travel towards a decided peak to climb

    Set up a base camp on snow covered glacier

    At base camp:

    • Wilderness camping (camping tips and tricks on snow, polar bear

    deterrent techniques, melting snow, hydration)

    • Short roping in scrambling terrain

    Q/A of the day


    Day 4 - Summit day


    Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland


    Day 4

    Summit day and return to mountain hut


    Day 5 - Return to Kulusuk and dinner


    Mountaineering skills course | East Greenland


    Day 5

    Decent from hut to pick up meeting location in the afternoon (14:00ish) from

    Tasiilaq fjord to Kulusuk

    Dinner together

    End of the course


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