Instruction

Canterbury Mountaineering Club Instruction

Programme - 2018


Please note we are still finalising the details of our glacier skills course. These will be advertised as soon as possible.


1 & 2. Snowcraft courses

Held 27 to 29 July 2018 at Arthurs Pass (Friday night to Sunday afternoon), and an evening session in Christchurch held Wednesday 11 July 2018

Instructors: 2 course are being held over this weekend. Gideon Geerling and Nick Cradock are the instructors

Location: Arthurs Pass

This course will be held over the weekend 27 to 29 July. You must arrive at Kennedy Lodge (the CMC hut in Arthurs Pass) by 7.30pm on Friday 28 July, where you will be met by your instructor for an evening session. No previous experience in snow is necessary.

An evening session will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday 11 July from 6-7pm by a CMC club volunteer on gear and mountain weather. This will help to ensure you have the right gear for your course.

Course content:

· Using an ice axe

· Walking in snow without crampons

· Walking in snow with ice axe and crampons

· Self-arrest

· Mountain weather

Rope skills are not taught on this course.

Ratio: one instructor to four students.

Cost: $175 members, $225 non-members (NB: includes accommodation at Arthurs Pass, but does not include food or transport, which you will need to arrange) 


3. Avalanche awareness course

Course held 3/4 August 2018 (Friday night to Saturday)

Instructor: Pete Ozich

Location: TBA (will depend on snow conditions) but most likely at one of the ski fields in the Cragieburn Range 

This course will be held on 3-4 August 2018. A compulsory evening session will be held in Christchurch on Friday 3 August from 6-8pm at the CMC club rooms (in the Pioneer Leisure Centre complex) - 

Saturday 4 August will be a field day (most likely at the Cragieburn Range) - your instructor will advise you of start and end times closer to the time.

Prerequisites:

· Snowcraft course or equivalent experience

· Online avalanche theory course and quiz (intended to help you get the most out of your practical field day) - see https://avalanche.net.nz/about-us/online-avalanche-course (note the online module is not currently available).

The course is aimed at those with little avalanche knowledge. This course will suit those who intend to travel on alpine terrain and are looking for entry-level instruction.

Learning outcomes: Participants are expected to complete this programme with a general awareness of:

· The avalanche phenomenon

· Issues related to decision making

· Terrain factors

· Practical techniques for companion rescue

Assessment: The course does not have a formal assessment but participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Note that you will need to organise an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel for this course. You may potentially be able to hire these from Bivouac or the Canterbury-Westland Section if you are a member of the  New Zealand Alpine Club. You will need to book these in advance.

Ratio: one instructor to six students

Cost: $50 members, $75 non-members (does not include food or transport, which you need to arrange)


4. Intermediate course

Course held 10 to 12 August 2018 at Arthurs Pass (Friday night to Sunday night)

Instructor: Murray Ball

Location: Arthurs Pass

This course will be held over the weekend 10 to 12 August. You must arrive at Kennedy Lodge (the CMC hut in Arthurs Pass) by 7.30pm on Friday 10 August, where you will be met by your instructor for an evening session.

An experience prerequisite applies with no exceptions: you are expected to have undertaken a snowcraft course or have equivalent experience in using ice axe and crampons and knowledge of self-arrest. If you need to acquire these skills first, please sign up for a snowcraft course. No previous experience with rope work is required.

Course content:

· Snow anchors (in particular, snowstakes, though your instructor may also incorporate ice screws and rock anchors to some degree)

· Belaying

· Pitching

· Prussiking

· Moving safely on exposed terrain

· Knots

You need to be able to tie the following knots: figure of eight, alpine butterfly, clove hitch, Italian hitch. If you do not know how to tie these knots, a session on knots will be held on Wednesday 25 July from 6-7pm by a club volunteer based in Christchurch (not compulsory, but it is recommended you take advantage of this session if you do not already know how to tie these knots, in order to get the most from your course).

Ratio: one instructor to four students.

Cost: $250 members, $325 non-members (NB: includes accommodation at Arthurs Pass, but does not include food or transport, which you will need to arrange)


5. Snowcraft course

Course held 14 to 16 September 2018 at Arthurs Pass (Friday night to Sunday night), and an evening session in Christchurch held Wednesday 29 August 2017

Instructor: Gideon Geerling

Location: Arthurs Pass

This course will be held over the weekend 14 to 16 September. You must arrive at Kennedy Lodge (the CMC hut in Arthurs Pass) by 7.30pm on Friday 14 September, where you will be met by your instructor for an evening session. No previous experience in snow is necessary.

An evening session will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday 29 August by a CMC club volunteer from 6-7pm on gear and mountain weather. This will help to ensure you have the right gear for your course.

Course content:

· Using an ice axe

· Walking in snow without crampons

· Walking in snow with ice axe and crampons

· Self-arrest

· Mountain weather

Rope skills are not taught on this course.

Ratio: one instructor to four students.

Cost: $175 members, $225 non-members (NB: includes accommodation at Arthurs Pass, but does not include food or transport, which you will need to arrange)


6. Intermediate course

Course held 21 to 23 September 2018 at Arthurs Pass (Friday night to Sunday night)

Instructor: Murray Ball

Location: Arthurs Pass

This course will be held over the weekend 21 to 23 September. You must arrive at Kennedy Lodge (the CMC hut in Arthurs Pass) by 7.30pm on Friday 21 September, where you will be met by your instructor for an evening session. An experience requisite applies with no exceptions: you are expected to have undertaken a snowcraft course or have equivalent experience in using ice axe and crampons and knowledge of self-arrest. If you need to acquire these skills first, please also sign up for a snowcraft course. No previous experience with rope work is required.

Course content:

· Snow anchors (in particular, snowstakes, though your instructor may also incorporate ice screws and rock anchors to some degree)

· Belaying

· Pitching

· Prussiking

· Moving safely on exposed terrain

· Knots

You need to be able to tie the following knots: figure of eight, alpine butterfly, clove hitch, Italian hitch. If you do not know how to tie these knots, a session on knots will be held on Wednesday 5 September from 6-7pm by a club volunteer based in Christchurch (not compulsory, but it is recommended you take advantage of this session if you do not already know how to tie these knots, in order to get the most from your course).

Ratio: one instructor to four students.

Cost: $250 members, $325 non-members (NB: includes accommodation at Arthurs Pass, but does not include food or transport, which you will need to arrange)


7. Glacier skills course

Course date: 25 to 28 October 2018, based at Barron Saddle Hut in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Instructor: Gideon Geerling

Details to come.


Notes for all courses

All courses are run by professional instructors, and we have an instructor to student ratio of 1:4 (except for avalanche awareness which is 1:6).

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 (e.g. Bivouac) if necessary.

A general gear list is available, but your instructor may provide you with further advice on the gear you should bring. Details of typical trip gear lists can also be found in the Mountain Safety Mountaincraft Manual, or in the Adventure Consultants mountaineering handbook by Guy Cotter (These are available at outdoors stores such as 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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