Instruction


CMC Instruction Programme 2016


The Canterbury Mountaineering Club provides an annual instruction programme to assist climbers of varying experience levels to improve their alpine climbing skills. The courses confirmed for 2016 are set out below.


We may add additional courses to this programme as the season progresses (particularly if there is high demand for a particular course).


If you would like to attend a course then email the Instruction Coordinator Lorraine Johns (lorraine.johns@gmail.com) with the name and date of the course.


July


  • 8 (evening)/9/10 - Introduction to alpine climbing 


Venue: Kennedy Lodge, Arthurs Pass

Instructor: Murray Ball


A climbing course covering basic mountaineering skills and some rope skills. No climbing experience necessary. Starts 7.30pm Friday 8 July


Cost members: $250

Cost non-members: $295


  • 22 (evening)/23/24 - Intermediate alpine skills


Venue: Kennedy Lodge, Arthurs Pass

Instructor: Gideon Geerling


A more advanced climbing course covering roping up, anchors and pitching. Starts 7.30pm Friday 22 July


Cost members: $250

Cost non-members: $295


August

  • 12 (evening)/13/14 - Introduction to alpine climbing


Venue: Kennedy Lodge, Arthurs Pass

Instructor: Gideon Geerling


A climbing course covering basic mountaineering skills. No climbing experience necessary. Starts 7.30pm Friday 12 August


Cost members: $250

Cost non-members: $295


September


  • 9 (evening)/10/11 - Intermediate alpine skills


Venue: Kennedy Lodge, Arthurs Pass - more strenuous weekend involving a day on Mount Temple and the next day climbing Rome Ridge on Mount Rolleston

Instructor: Murray Ball


A more advanced climbing course covering roping up, anchors and pitching


Cost members: $250

Cost non-members: $295


October


  • 16 - 20 October - Alpine skills in practice: The art of light and fast


Venue: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park – alpine hut, venue to be determined by instructor. Fly in/out  

Instructor: Nick Cradock


An advanced course for people who consider they know what they are doing but want/need some expert tutelage. Arrive by 8.30am on 16 October


Requires four participants to run


Cost members: $1090

Cost non-members: $1150


Includes cost of flying in and out. Also includes accommodation at Wyn Irwin, but excludes any alpine hut fees which will need to be paid directly to the Department of Conservation


November


  • 11 to15 - Intermediate alpine skills


Venue: Wyn Irwin Lodge and Sealey Range (Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park) – venue to be determined by the instructor. Fly in/out

Instructor: Murray Ball


Reinforcing the basics and provides an introduction to more advanced alpinism in the bigger mountains. Arrive evening before (10 November)


Requires four participants to run


Cost members: To be confirmed shortly

Cost non-members: To be confirmed shortly


Includes cost of flying in and out. Also includes accommodation at Wyn Irwin, but excludes any alpine hut fees which will need to be paid directly to the Department of Conservation


Notes for all courses


All courses are run by professional instructors, and we have a student:instructor ratio of 4:1.


Course participation will be on a first in basis. Courses are subsidised through the generosity of the Fenwick Fund, established by Christopher Fenwick in 1985.  


Confirmation of course attendance may be based on the individuals’ skills, abilities and experience. The instructors may choose not to accept a student on a course that requires higher level skills than the student possesses. The course schedule has been arranged to allow participants to progressively build experience throughout the year by attending courses, then allowing time in between to practice what has been learnt on club trips.


Payment is required to confirm your place on the course. There is, unfortunately, no refund available for non-attendance once booked and confirmed (unless, of course, someone else is available to take your place).


Courses are normally based at one of the Club's base huts (Wyn Irwin at Mt Cook or Kennedy Lodge at Arthurs Pass), although some courses may be based at alpine huts or make use of tents or snow shelters.


Participants are expected to have their own climbing gear irrespective of the technical level of the course that they are attending.  Some equipment can be hired from outdoor shops (eg Bivouac) if necessary. For the introductory alpine courses, your instructor may be able to help you to source basic gear – so talk to them first.


Your instructor will advise you on the gear you should bring. Details of typical trip gear lists can be found in the Mountain Safety Mountaincraft Manual, or in the Adventure Consultants mountaineering handbook by Guy Cotter (These are available at most mountaineering stores – especially Bivouac).


It is recommended that participants acquire a copy of one or these publications and be familiar with the contents. The details taught on the course may not necessarily follow these manuals in their entirety as techniques are always improving. The instructor has the final say over technique and the gear required for each course. They reserve the right to refuse attendance to those who turn up unprepared. They are also happy to answer any questions in advance of the course.


Thank you on behalf of the CMC Committee for your interest in attending a CMC Instruction Course.


If you have any questions, contact the Instruction Coordinator, Lorraine Johns at lorraine.johns@gmail.com.



                         




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