Instruction

Canterbury Mountaineering Club Instruction Programme 2019

Please note that you must have appropriate boots and crampons for all courses – ie mountaineering boots, not tramping boots. Mountaineering boots are stiffer and more waterproof than tramping boots. A boot with a three quarter or full shank is ideal. Snowcraft students will be asked to provide details of their boots and crampons combination in advance of their course. It is expected that intermediate and glacier skills students will already have appropriate footwear or understand what is required – but you may also be asked for details prior to the course. Safety is the paramount consideration.

Please also note that CMC does not own any gear and therefore cannot supply any of the items on the compulsory gear lists for courses. Both Bivouac and Gnomes Alpine Sports have gear for hire. It is prudent to reserve your gear well in advance of your course. Avlanche transceiver, shovel and probe are required for all CMC courses and it is essential to book these early.

In 2019 we are holding two snowcraft courses, two intermediate courses, and one glacier skills course as set out below. We hope to hold an avalanche awareness day course, but this has not yet been confirmed.

· 10-11 August: Snowcraft course with Gideon Geerling. An additional instructor will be arranged if demand permits.

· 17-18 August: Snowcraft course with Gideon Geerling. An additional instructor will be arranged if demand permits.

· 7-18 August: Intermediate course with Murray Ball.

· 7-8 September: Intermediate course with Murray Ball.

· 11-14 October: Glacier skills course with Nick Craddock and Gideon Geerling.

· Avalanche course TBA.

More details about each course are provided below.

1. Snowcraft course, 10-11 August at Arthurs Pass

Please note, for safety reasons we require you to arrive by 7.30pm on the Friday night, in order to help manage the driving risks associated with icy roads.

Also note an introductory evening session will be held in Christchurch on Monday 15 of July from 6.30 to 8pm.

Instructor: Gideon Geerling, and one additional instructor if demand permits.

Location: Arthurs Pass (The Cragieburns are also a possible location if the weather requires)

Description: This course will be held over the weekend 10-11 August 2019. You must arrive at Kennedy Lodge (the CMC Hut in Arthurs Pass) by 7.30pm on Friday 9 August. No previous experience in snow is necessary.

An evening session will be held in Christchurch on Monday 15 July from 6.30 to 8pm by a CMC club volunteer on gear and mountain weather. This will help to ensure you have the right gear for your course.

You are responsible for sourcing the gear you need for the course. A gear list will be posted shortly on this page.

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, $230 non-members (NB: includes accommodation at Arthurs Pass, but does not include food, transport or gear hire, which you will need to arrange).

2. Snowcraft course, 17-18 August at Arthurs Pass

Please note, for safety reasons we require you to arrive by 7.30pm on the Friday night, in order to help manage the driving risks associated with icy roads.

Also note an introductory evening session will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday 17 of July from 6.30 to 8pm.

Instructor: Gideon Geerling, and one additional instructor if demand permits.

Location: Arthurs Pass (The Cragieburns are also a possible location if the weather requires)

Description: This course will be held over the weekend 17-18 August 2019. You must arrive at Kennedy Lodge (the CMC Hut in Arthurs Pass) by 7.30pm on Friday 16 August. No previous experience in snow is necessary.

An evening session will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday 17 July from 6.30 to 8pm by a CMC club volunteer on gear and mountain weather. This will help to ensure you have the right gear for your course.

You are responsible for sourcing the gear you need for the course. A gear list will be posted shortly on this page.

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, $230 non-members (NB: includes accommodation at Arthurs Pass, but does not include food, transport or gear hire, which you will need to arrange).

3. Intermediate course, 17-18 August at Arthurs Pass

Please note, for safety reasons we suggest that you arrive by 7.30pm on the Friday night, in order to help manage the driving risks associated with icy roads. Please note you may spend Saturday night at an alpine shelter and will need overnight gear (no tent required) if so.

Also note a knots session will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday 24 of July from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Instructor: Murray Ball

Location: Arthurs Pass

Description: This course will be held over the weekend 17 to 18 August. We ask that you arrive at Kennedy Lodge (the CMC Hut in Arthurs Pass) by 7.30pm on Friday 16 August.

An experience pre-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 you can do so on a snowcraft course. No previous experience with rope skills is required – however, please ensure you can tie the knots listed below. A knots session will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday 24 July from 6.30 to 8.30pm by a club volunteer.

Course content:

Snow anchors (in particular, snowstakes, though your instructor may 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, double fisherman’s.

Ratio: One instructor to four students

Cost: $225 members, $300 non-members (NB: this includes accommodation at Arthurs Pass, but does not include food, transport or gear hire, which you will need to arrange).

4. Intermediate course, 7-8 September at Arthurs Pass

Please note, for safety reasons we suggest that you arrive by 7.30pm on the Friday night, in order to help manage the driving risks associated with icy roads. Please note you may spend Saturday night at an alpine shelter and will need overnight gear (no tent required) if so.

Also note a knots session will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday 24 of July from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Instructor: Murray Ball

Location: Arthurs Pass

Description: This course will be held over the weekend 7-8 September. We ask that you arrive at Kennedy Lodge (the CMC Hut in Arthurs Pass) by 7.30pm on Friday 6 September.

An experience pre-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 you can do so on a snowcraft course. No previous experience with rope skills is required – however, please ensure you can tie the knots listed below. A knots session will be held in Christchurch on Wednesday 24 July from 6.30 to 8.30pm by a club volunteer.

Course content:

Snow anchors (in particular, snowstakes, though your instructor may 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, double fisherman’s.

Ratio: One instructor to four students

Cost: $225 members, $300 non-members (NB: this includes accommodation at Arthurs Pass, but does not include food, transport or gear hire, which you will need to arrange).

5. Glacier Skills course, 11-14 October, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Please arrive at Wynn Irwin Hut (the CMC Hut at Mount Cook Village) on the evening of 10 October 2019 to ensure you are ready for an early departure the next morning.

Instructors: Nick Craddock and Gideon Geerling

Location: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park – in the event of poor weather, an alternative base such as Cameron Hut will be considered

Course details and costs to be confirmed soon.

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). For snowcraft and intermediate instruction courses, full payment is required six weeks in advance of the course, unless otherwise arranged with the course co-ordinator.

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. Generally, the intermediate course will involve spending Saturday night in an alpine shelter if the weather and conditions permit.

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.