4 Day Backcountry Avalanche Course August 29, 2020

Four day back country avalanche course

 Back Country Avalanche Course
Team Digging- Back Country Avalanche Course.

This is a comprehensive  4-day avalanche course for walkers and climbers. This course includes and builds on our very popular 2-day introductory avalanche course. Learn everything from how to use an avalanche transceiver to technical rescues and snowpack analysis.

**Prior experience is not necessary and gear and equipment is provided**

 

COURSE LOCATION

The first two days of this course are delivered in the Craigieburn Range, close to Castle Hill village. The course starts in Darfield (30 mins from Christchurch) at 7:30 am. We access the snow at Broken River or Mt Cheeseman ski field and drive to our lodge in  Arthurs Pass at the end of the first day. The exact location for the second day will be decided by the group and your instructor during the trip planning session and will vary depending on local weather and snow conditions but will be around the Craigieburn Range.

Day three and four will be based wherever conditions suit best. Again, your instructor and your group will decide on the best location taking into account the snow and terrain. Options will include Temple Basin and the Otira Valley.

 

ACCOMMODATION (INCLUDED)

The Lodge in Arthurs Pass Village

 

This course is based out of our lodge in Arthur’s Pass Village. The lodge has bunk beds set up across 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people. It has a kitchen stocked with utensils, cookware, fridge, ovens. You will also be treated to power, bathroom facilities, hot showers and heating. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillow and food.

 

**Your accommodation is included**

 

 

GEAR & EQUIPMENT

All you will need for this course is waterproof boots and normal outdoor clothing. We will supply all the mountaineering and avalanche equipment for you if you don’t have your own.  you can find a packing list and course outline at the bottom of this page.

 

FOOD

Food is not provided on this course. We recommend packing plenty of snacks and lunch that does not require cooking. The lodge has a full kitchen & fridge that you are welcome to use. Alternatively, the local pub in Arthurs Pass serves basic meals and refreshments.

 

FREE TRANSPORT

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OENZ 4×4

 

If you’re staying in a hotel

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if your travelling from out of town to attend one of our courses.

 

Meeting locations (catch a ride with us)

If you have your own car and want a lift we can meet you at one of the following locations.

Yaldhurst Mcdonalds 7:00 am (see on google maps)

*Darfield Bakery 7:30 am (see on google maps)

Castle Hill Village 8:30 am (see on google maps)

*Our preferred meeting location is Darfield Bakery.

OENZ Van for mountaineering courses
OENZ 12 seat Van

 

 

TRAVELLING FROM OUT OF TOWN?

We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ’s page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the city centre.  At the end of the course, we are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly to the Airport.  The earliest time we can have you back at the airport is 6 pm.

 

 

 

THIS AVALANCHE COURSE INCLUDES

 

Avalanche Skills

Weather & avalanche forecasts

  • Introduction to the NZ Backcountry
    Avalanche course
    Avalanche training- probing

    Avalanche Advisory

  • Mountain Weather in NZ

 

Avalanche transceivers

  • Pre-trip checks
  • Wearing a transceiver
  • Coarse search techniques
  • Fine search techniques
  • Pin-point search techniques

 

Probing & digging

  • Spiral Probing  technique
  • Snow Shoveling techniques
  • Team digging

 

Avalanche digging
Avalanche rescue digging

Safe terrain travel 

  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Identifying terrain traps
  • Introduction to safe travel techniques

 

Rescue scenario’s

  • Buddy rescue
  • Small party rescue scenarios

 

 

 

Group size

 

In order to cover the costs of running this type of training, we require a minimum group size of four. We cap the course at eight people and introduce a second instructor once bookings exceed six.

 

 


COURSE DOWNLOADS

Course outline
Packing list

 

 


 

SEE WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY

 

“Gideon [the instructor] was passionate about the information he was passing on to us and that reflected in the theory teaching and practical…. We were always kept safe and the technical knowledge we gained will keep us informed for a long time. I have taken away a lot away from this course.”

“Got a great deal out of the course in terms of both theory and practice.”

“Communication before and during the course were excellent. Facilities were great. Plenty of chances to practice skills.” 

 

 

*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

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Other Course Dates

  • 01 Aug 20

Course Timing

7:00AM to 4:00pm