Avalanches for Ice Climbers
As ice climbing and winter mountaineering become more popular, the Oppdal Ice Climbing Festival has decided this year to expand on our avalanche clinic with help from our friends at Trollheimen Skitouring.
Although it is often common for climbers and mountaineers to be exposed to similarly dangerous avalanche proneterrain as that encountered by skiers in backcountry and alpine environments, ice climbers are often unaware of the avalanche dangers around them and more often than not travelling without basic avalanche equipment. The fact remains that avalanches are a prevalent danger in the mountains regardless of whether one is on skis or on foot. However, terrain choice and exposure often shape the way we manage these dangers, including a unique perspective for ice climbers.
This clinic is therefore designed specifically for ice climbers interested in learning the basics of avalanche safety. We will focus specifically on the skills and tools necessary for ice climbers to understand avalanche safety in backcountry and alpine environments.
- Learning which avalanche rescue gear should be carried and how it should be used.
- Learning what is avalanche terrain and why avalanches occur.
- Using the available tools in Norway to proper plan ice climbing trips in avalanche terrain.
- Understanding how to avoid or mitigate risks in avalanche terrain.
- Understanding weather and the effect of weather patterns on snow and slope stability and make relevant observations on the fields that can affect route choices.
Clinic Duration / Places
The clinic is planned as a full day 6 hrs and will take place from 09:00 – 15:00 on Saturday.
Places are limited to 12 participants.
(With enough interest it is possible open a course for Sunday)
The location is currently undecided, however the course will likely take pace in Drivdalen, where we can easily reach avalanche terrain by foot. Participants require their own transport, if you require assistance contact the festival committee.
- Warm clothing suited to strenuous activity for a prolonged period outdoors.
- Food and drink sufficient for 6 hours outside.
- Snow shovel
- Avalanche Transceiver (Preferably with 3 antennas)
Terms & Conditions
The Oppdal Ice Climbing Festival is a non-profit social gathering arranged by local climbers, Oppdal Klatre og- Fjellsportklubb and with the help of volunteers from NTNUI Tindegruppa.
All ticket sales are considered final and tickets are non-refundable however, tickets are transferable. If you wish to transfer your festival ticket you are free to do so, just let us know so we can update our system with participants. The same applies to tickets for courses.
Ice climbing and winter mountaineering are dangerous activities that can cause serious injury or death. Throughout the festival you are ultimately responsible for your own behaviour regarding personal safety.