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Snowcraft

PURPOSE

Snowcraft is a thorough introductory-level course on techniques required for moving safely and efficiently in an alpine environment. It is ideal for people with some tramping experience, a solid fitness base and a desire to learn more about travelling in the snow and mixed conditions.

Successfully completing Snowcraft qualifies you for going on WTMC ALP1 trips. The course runs over two weekends at the club lodge on Mount Ruapehu; the weekends for 2017 are 7th to 9th and 21st to 23rd July. You must also be available for three Wednesday night sessions; all of which are between 1 and 2 hours each. See below for dates and venues.

ENROLLING

Snowcraft is aimed at people with some outdoor experience and an interest in trans-alpine tramping and / or climbing.

To enrol you must:

  • be a member of WTMC; and,
  • fill out an application form and pay the course fee; and,
  • have a reasonable degree of fitness (eg regularly do medium grade trips); and,
  • have some familiarity with tramping, in New Zealand or overseas

It is expected that students enrolling :

  • will have limited or no experience using crampons and an ice axe; or,
  • want to refresh their crampon and ice axe skills after a period of not using them; or
  • want to consolidate their informal learning of alpine movement techniques

STRUCTURE

Snowcraft includes instruction on :

  • clothing and equipment
  • shelter
  • food and hydration
  • weather
  • navigation and route selection
  • moving on snow and ice without technical aids
  • moving on snow and ice with ice axe and crampons
  • alpine hazards
  • leadership, decision making and risk management.

The course does not cover the use of ropes and other technical climbing equipment.

DELIVERY

Snowcraft is run by experienced WTMC members. The instructors are volunteers experienced in the alpine environment; not professional instructors with formal teaching qualifications.

While instructors will make every effort to look out for your health and safety, this is primarily your responsibility. You cannot use our Snowcraft course as credits for any NCEA or other educational programme. If you want to do a professionally run course contact a guiding company. 

GEAR

To do Snowcraft, you must have your own :

  • solid tramping boots that can take crampons
  • a waterproof raincoat and over-trousers
  • gloves
  • sunglasses (preferably goggles)
  • lots of warm clothes
  • compass and whistle

Gear will be covered during the first session on the course.

The club has ice axes, crampons and helmets available for hire at a small cost.

Other gear you should take is listed on 'what to take on a trip'.

DATES

We run Snowcraft every winter from our Club Lodge at Ruapehu.

The dates for the 2017 course are :

DateTimeVenue
21 June (Weds)6.00pm-8.30pmWTMC clubrooms or similar : TBC
28 June (Weds)6.00pm-7.00pmWTMC clubrooms or similar : TBC
05 July (Weds)6.00pm-8.00pmWTMC clubrooms or similar : TBC

07-09 July (Fri-Sun)

5:00pm Friday night to SundayRuapehu Lodge

21-23 July (Fri-Sun)

5:00pm Friday night to SundayRuapehu Lodge
26 July (Weds)Return gear + debriefWTMC clubrooms + Hop Garden

YOU HAVE TO ATTEND EVERY SESSION TO COMPLETE THE COURSE.

COST

Snowcraft is open to club members only, and is run on a cost-recovery basis with volunteer instructors.

Cost:  $ 375.00

Course costs cover :

  • a Snowcraft manual for each student to keep
  • shared meals at the lodge on the two weekends away
  • accommodation at the lodge on the two weekends away
  • transport to and from the lodge on the two weekends away

Course costs do not include the cost of gear hire. You can hire ice axe, helmet and crampons from the Club for a small charge.

PAYING

Payments should be made by electronic banking :

  • Account Name : WTMC
  • Account number : 38-9017-0330533-00
  • Reference : SC 2017 - Fees - [your surname & initial]

To sign up for the course:

Signing up for Snowcraft does not guarantee you a place. Applications to join the course will be assessed for suitability on an individual basis.

ON COMPLETING SNOWCRAFT

Once you have completed Snowcraft, you will be able to go on alpine club trips graded ALP 1, appropriate to your level of fitness for alpine conditions.

If you enjoy alpine trips then the next step may be to do an alpine instruction course where you learn how to use ropes and other equipment to do snow and ice climbing.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about Snowcraft :

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