This year we are venturing further north to the Hemsedal Valdres area, which involves a similar transfer time from Oslo, but has climbing at a wider range of altitudes than Rjukan, giving more reliable conditions when the weather is unseasonably warm. We travel outward on Saturday morning 17th Feb 2018, returning to the UK Saturday 24th . Flights are possible to Oslo Gardermoen airport from Manchester, London Stansted, and some other regional UK airports (be careful to avoid flying to Oslo Torp or Rygge, as you would need to take a transfer bus/train to Gardermoen). We need to arrive at Oslo Gardermoen airport no later than 5pm on the 17th.
The trip on to Hemsedal by road in a hire car takes around three hours.
Sunday to Tuesday are spent learning to climb ice (for beginners) or getting back into the swing of things (for intermediates).
Wednesday is usually a day off the ice, to rest and recuperate. For the more energetic it is possible to ski on this day as Hemsedal offers excellent skiing.
Thursday and Friday we consolidate our new skills climbing multi-pitch ice routes at an appropriate grade. Instructor:client ratio is 1:2 throughout.
Hemsedal offers ice climbing from grade 2 (Scottish grade 3) upwards, with more than 150 routes spread over multiple areas. There is something to suit nearly every ability and aspiration. You don’t need to have climbed ice before but some experience and preparedness for cold outdoor conditions will be helpful, as will hillwalking, basic climbing or scrambling experience in the UK or elsewhere. The trip will be difficult to enjoy if you are very unfit.
We will be staying at a warm, comfortable chalet in Gol, located just South of the main ice climbing areas, and very close to the Golsjuvet gorge. There is a self-catering kitchen, and we put together a kitty for buying food, and all contribute to the cooking and washing up.
Price: £1230 per person
Includes all transport in Norway, accommodation, instruction, climbing equipment (everything can be provided except boots)
Excludes flight, insurance, bar tab, day off activities, and one evening meal out later in the week, to give the chefs a break.
A £300 deposit will secure a place on the trip, with balance due six weeks before departure.
All specialist equipment that does not require a specific fit is provided (helmet, harness, ropes, belay plate, ice tools), but boots and crampons are not included. We have a range of boots and crampons to borrow for free in the UK on a first come, first served basis,and it is possible to hire boots and crampons in country.