This year we are venturing north again 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 16th Feb 2019, returning to the UK Saturday 23rd . 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 16th.
The trip on to Hemsedal by road in a hire car takes around three hours. Sunday to Tuesday are spent on the ice, learning or honing technique at single and multi pitch venues.
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. Time off is weather dependent, so some years we move this day around to make the most of the forecast.
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.
This trip is aimed at two groups:
1. beginner and intermediate ice climbers who want to improve rapidly and gain experience to support future, independent ice climbing
2. MIA trained instructors who are keen to progress to MIC, and want to improve their pure ice climbing rapidly. The trip is open to candidates with or without Winter ML, and is suitable either pre or post MIC training. The normal aim of the coaching provided would be to begin to acquire all the technical skills and experience needed to be comfortable working with clients on ground up to WI4.
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.
Includes all instruction, climbing equipment (everything can be provided except boots)
Excludes flight, shared car hire (approx £150pp), accommodation costs (allow £30 per night), insurance, bar tab, day off activities, and one evening meal out later in the week, to give the chefs a break.
A £235 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.