Climbing – Foundation (Level 1)

About the course

The aim of this course is to take people with little or no climbing experience to a point where they can rope climb in a safe and competent manner and understand the techniques to do this.

The courses is  run over 3.5 to 6.5 days and can be based in the valley or the high mountains or a combination of both depending on the time of year. The course covers basics like movement on rock, safe belaying, being a competent second, before moving on to placing your own climbing protection, arranging belays and basic buddy / self rescue techniques.

At the end of the course you will receive a diploma.

We keep our groups small with the focus on good communication and a good learning environment.

Course objectives:

  • Movement on rock / Scrambling
  • Placing of passive (nuts) and active (cams) protection
  • Making bomb proof belays
  • Making bomb proof abseils
  • Setting up a top rope
  • Single pitch climbing/abseils
  • Multiple pitch climbing/abseil
  • Self-rescue – Getting yourself out of a tricky situation
  •  Buddy Rescue – If everything goes crazy
  • Decision making and risk management

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 course is self-servicing however it can be combined with our alpine mentoring program.


Accommodation is available on our farm from 250 NOK per person per night. Find it out more here.

Flights, train and getting there

bus station.

From the Airport, you can take the “flytoget”  which is an express train to Oslo central station.  From there it is a short walk to the bus station.  You can take the Valdres Express bus  From Oslo central to Fagernes Skysstasjon which is about 20min from my house.  The bus is comfortable, has free wifi and takes about 3 hours.  I like taking the bus to Oslo as I can look out the window and see all the waterfalls and dream about ice climbing 🙂
Nearly all participants on previous courses have travelled by the above method, and they have described it as straightforward and easy.

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





No previous skills necessary. Complete beginners might find it advanced advantageous to undertake a climbing – Introduction course beforehand to see if they think a full course is for them.

Course Itinerary

We use first evening inside with theory, the rest of the course is practical instruction outside.


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

Other dates available upon request. 


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

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


Price Guide: 3000,- 8500 NOK pr person
Minimum 2 participants


Included in Price:
– all guide/instructor fees and expenses.
– all instructional material and location rental.

Not Included in Price:
– personal ski/avalanche rescue equipment and clothing.
– transportation to/from course location.
– lodging.
– travel insurance

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