Alpine Mountaineering and Climbing – 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 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

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.





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.


See “availability

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

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


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


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