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The course this year is a snowcraft alpine instruction course teaching essential mountaineering skills and optional ropework.
- Snow 1
- This is a practical weekend run on the Whakapapa ski field on Mt Ruapehu. The weekend covers the fundamental snowcraft skills such as the use of ice axe and crampons, and how to self-arrest.
- Rock 1 & 2
- We are offering instruction on the basic rope skills required for mountaineering. Rock 1 is a practical full-day at the TTC clubrooms and on Mount Victoria and includes issuing climbing equipment, introduction to basic knots, rope management, and climbing techniques needed for mountaineering. Rock 2 is a full-day at Titahi Bay spent applying the skills learned on Rock 1 in an alpine-like environment.
- Snow 2
- This is a practical 3-day weekend run on the Whakapapa ski field on Mt Ruapehu where you will have the opportunity to put your rope skills from Rock 1 & 2 into practice on the snow. This weekend will be spent applying and further developing alpine skills by travelling around the mountain. We will cover mountain weather, route finding and terrain. A day will be spent practicing basic avalanche rescue skills and safe backcountry planning and travel techniques. If the opportunity presents then we will look to climb to one of the mountain's summits.
Both of the snow weekends are preceded by a lecture to introduce content and to prepare for the weekend.
We are planning two post AIC course trips which are an excellent opportunity to help cement the knowledge you will gain through the course. One will be North Island and the other South Island. These trips are optional and will be led by our volunteer instructors. Dates will be confirmed shortly.
We expect course participants to have a high level of fitness and the ability to complete TTC medium-graded trips at a minimum (defined as “up to 7 hours per day, at standard walking pace, some off track travel.”)
The best way to acquire mountain fitness is to go on some club tramping trips before the course!
The course includes supervised travel on moderately-angled snow slopes which can be icy. Participants are encouraged to climb short steeper sections as their confidence and footwork improves.
We can expect to experience storms and strong winds on Ruapehu and will adapt the programme to suit the conditions.
There will be space for 8 students on the course this year.
Contact the course convener if you have questions about the suitability of the course for you.
The course is available only to members of the TTC. Joining the club is straightforward and the membership cost is $86 (inclusive of $15 joining fee).
The full course cost is $700. This covers accommodation, food, and transport for the Snow 1 and 2 weekends, course administration and subsidising our volunteer instructor costs.
The TTC will provide all technical equipment for the course and optional post AIC course trips (axes, crampons etc). Students will be required to have appropriate mountain clothing and footwear.
|Snow 1||Talk - TTC clubrooms (6-8pm)||Monday 7 August|
|Snow 1||Ruapehu weekend||Friday 11 August - Sunday 13 August (travel on Friday evening, return Sunday evening)|
|Rock 1||TTC clubrooms (9am-4pm)||Saturday 19 August|
|Rock 2||Titahi Bay (meet at Whitireia Public Car Park at 9am - return 5pm)||Sunday 20 August|
|Contingency Rock 2||Titahi Bay (meet at Whitireia Public Car Park at 9am - return 5pm)||Sunday 27 August|
|Snow 2||Talk - TTC clubrooms (6-8pm)||Monday 28 August|
|Snow 2||Ruapehu long weekend||Thursday 31 August - Sunday 3 September (long weekend, leave Wellington Thursday evening and return on Sunday evening)|
- Talks are held at Tararua clubrooms, Moncrieff St, Mt Vic.
- Ruapehu weekends are based at the Tararua Lodge and leave Wellington Railway Station 5.15pm the day before the weekend.
Interested in TTC's alpine instruction? Contact Piers Harris -> mailto:alpine [period] instruction [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query from TTC website on 021 204 7069 or sign up here