Mountaineering and Nature – Foundation (Level 1)

About the course

This is one of our favourite courses; There is a relaxed pace and tempo during the week, we can spend time in the mountains, soaking up nature, the sounds, smells, sites, there is no rush, we spend as much time as we need on each aspect of mountaineering.

The course will be based both at our mountain lodge and out camping in the high mountains. Each evening we go through the day, check in with each other, find out whats working, and what doesn’t and plan the next day. The participants of the course set the pace, tempo and goals, after all, it’s your course.

We build the course upon building blocks, so by the end of the week you have a toolbox of skills that can be turned to any mountaineering adventure.

Course objectives:

  • Glacier travel
  • Basic scrambling / easy rock climbing
  • How to use a rope when ascending and descending
  • How to ascend/descend steep snow; with and without axes and crampons
  • How to cross rivers when there is no bridge available
  • How to navigate with a map, compass and GPS
  • Basic mountain survival if someone is injured or you get benighted
  • Camping, skills, food and safety
  • What to wear and when
  • A closer look at nature and the landscape. It’s true beauty

We are always open and flexible to add additional subjects as and when required. The instructors we use definitely think out of the box.

Combine it with other courses

This is a self-sufficient course. However, it can be combined as part of our alpine mentoring program.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available on our farm from 250 NOK per person per night. Find it out more here. We will spend some nights camping in the high mountains.

Flights, train and getting there

Contact us if you need help planning your trip. We are happy to pick you up at the bus / train station. The train goes straight from the Airport to our place. Check out train times at www.nsb.no you will want to go from Oslo Lufthavn to Gol.

Equipment hire

If you need to rent equipment, that is no problem, just let us known in advance. You will receive a list of required items upon booking.

Skills level

Difficulty

Endurance

    

 

No previous experience skills necessary.

Course Itinerary

We meet on the first evening get to know each other and check that we have all the equipment we need.

The next days will be spent out in the mountains. We usually try and spread the tour days apart with more relaxing days in between.

Dates

G = Guaranteed to run
F = Full
W = Women only
D = Extra good deal, have a look!

Other dates available upon request. 

Equipment

Upon registration we will send you a complete equipment list.

Boots:  You will need your own mountaineering boots that can take crampons.  If in doubt send us a picture of your boots so we can give the thumbs up. Boots_summer

In the rucksack: As a general guide the following is recommended In the rucksack

Mountaineering equipment (All this can be borrowed from us): Equipment to courses

Prices

8500,- NOK pr person
Minimum 2 participants, max 4 per instructor.

Included

Included in Price:
– all guide/instructor fees and expenses
– all instructional material and location rental
– Transport during the course (excluding fuel)

Not Included in Price:
– personal ski/avalanche rescue equipment and clothing
– transportation to/from course location
– Shared fuel costs (shared between us)
– Additional lodging
– travel insurance