The snowcraft course is an introduction to trans-alpine tramping in the NZ alpine environment. Completing snowcraft qualifies you for going on WTMC ALP1 tramps. The course runs over several weekends in July and August of every year; the first weekend of 2013 will be 12-14 July.
The Snowcraft course is designed to introduce participants to the joys of travelling in alpine environments. The course is aimed at people with some outdoor experience and an interest in trans-alpine tramping and climbing.
The course is suitable for ...
You must be a member of WTMC to enroll on this course.
A reasonable degree of fitness and familiarity with tramping is recommended.
Note: signing up for the snowcraft course does not guarantee you a place. Applications to join the course will be assessed for suitability on an individual basis.
The course covers:
The course does not cover the use of ropes and other technical climbing equipment.
The course is run by experienced Club members. The instructors are volunteers, not professional instructors with formal teaching qualifications.
While instructors will make every effort to look out for your health and safety, this is primarily your responsibility. You cannot use our Snowcraft course as credits for any NCEA or other educational programme. If you want to do a professionally run course contact the NZ Mountain Safety Council.
To do this course you must have:
Gear will be covered during the first session on the course.
The club has ice axes, crampons and helmets available for hire at a small cost.
Other gear you should take is listed on 'what to take on a trip'.
We run snowcraft every winter from our Club Lodge at Ruapehu.
The dates for the 2013 course are:
|Wed 3 July||6.00pm-7.30pm||WTMC clubrooms|
|Wed 10 July||6.00pm-7.30pm||WTMC clubrooms|
|July 12-14||Friday night to Sunday night||Ruapehu Lodge|
|August 2-4||Friday night to Sunday night||Ruapehu Lodge|
You have to attend every date to complete the course.
Places on the course are limited to 28.
The course is open to club members only.
Course fees include:
Course fees do not include the cost of gear hire. You can hire ice axe, helmet and crampons from the Club for a small charge.
You can pay by...
The course fee must be paid by Wednesday 3 July 2013.
If you have any questions about the snowcraft course
To sign up for the course:
Once you have completed Snowcraft, assuming you are fit enough (at least medium, often medium-fit to fit) you will be able to go on alpine club trips graded ALP 1.
If you enjoy alpine trips then the next step may be to do an alpine instruction course where you learn how to use ropes and other equipment to do snow and ice climbing.