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Snowcraft Programme 2019


Motivation - Learn safe mountaincraft skills

Why put aside your tramping boots just because it's winter and there is snow on the top of the local ranges?   Have you been wanting to do some South Island tramping that involves crossing snow covered passes?   Do you want to learn the skills of basic snow and ice climbing using the correct equipment?
Learn new skills or upgrade your current ones by enrolling in PNTMC's Snowcraft Instruction programme.

The Basics - Snowcraft 1 (SC1)

Enjoy the alpine snow slopes? Are you confident that you understand the special requirements of travelling safely on snow?
Learn to confidently walk on snow, use an ice axe, cut steps and use crampons.  What if I fall?   Master self arresting and more ... The programme begins in late June (SC 1 29th and 30th June).

Building on the Basic Skills - Snowcraft 2 (SC2)

Learn the important skills of rope work, anchors, belays and the basics of snow and ice climbing.  Begin the rudiments of alpine climbing and avalanche awareness. SC 2 scheduled for 13th and 14th July.

Alpine Climbing - extend your skills - Snowcraft 3 (SC3)

Get a more complete set of skills for alpine climbing. Practice makes perfect. Tackle the snow slopes, glaciers and peaks. Prepare yourself for the magic of the Southern Alps. SC 3 scheduled for 27th and 28th July.


Each level is a prerequisite for the next.  However, some participants may find completing SC1, or the first two levels, adequate for their intended outdoor activities.  Others may want to advance through SC3 and beyond.  Some may wish to do SC1 this winter and SC2 next winter, or refresh their skills.  Some people with previous snow or alpine experience may enter at SC2.
For more information, contact the course organiser Dieter Stalmann 027 450 9460 or click the link, for dates and costs.

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