This is it, the last step in mastering ice climbing! Matthias Wurzer will polish your ice climbing skill so you can face more challenging walls near Lienz!
Osttirol is one of the most well-known ice climbing places in Austria and among all the climbing community because of its many mountains and its cold winters!
After going through a beginner and an intermediate ice climbing courses, you've already gained some experience as an ice climber. By now, you already know how to keep your harness, cords, and helmet and all safety equipment in good shape. Also, you must already know how to properly use an ice ax, or piolet, your weatherproof boots with crampons to make your way up.
This 2-day advanced ice climbing course will expand your spectrum to include multi-pitch routes. Matthias' expertise will help you identify the right icefalls. Since you've already have been taught how to use your equipment, in this course the skills will only be polished and your coach will give you tips and in order for you to grow in confidence.
The Level 3, or advanced ice climbing course will firstly be focussed on ice climbing techniques, handling the safety equipment and assessing an icefall. This is the last course that any member of IceGuides provides and forges a beginner ice climbing into a capable multi-pitch ice climber.
Skills gained at the end of the course:
Ice climbing equipment and clothingItinerary
Climb up to WI3-4
Various stand systems for ice climbing
Consolidation of route planning (map, avalanche report, avalanche strategies)
Single rope, half rope, and twin rope techniques
Right rope course of an icefall
Meeting point at Matreier Tauernhaus at 8:30
Check the equipment and adjust the crampons
Choice of the tour destination
Access and/or approach
Repetition of advanced techniques
Repetition of the setting of ice screws
Stand construction in multi-pitches - ice falls
Rope course and strategy in multi-pitches - icefalls
Drain in a short and light multi-pitch icefall
Planning an icefall for the next day
Consolidation of route planning - based on avalanche situation report and avalanche strategiesActivity requirements
Debriefing the planning and the icefall
Access and approach
Longer multi-pitch icefall
Shorter multi-pitch icefall and first steps in rescue techniques
All participants must have already done an intermediate course.Special terms
This is the suggested equipment you should bring:
Long underwear (below and above), synthetic, merino or wool.
Warm pants (lined or fleece)
A warm fleece or a long-sleeved shirt (not cotton)
Lined jacket or vest, preferably down jacket
Waterproof Jacket with Hood (Gore-Tex or Nylon)
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex or Nylon)
Socks (merino or ski socks)
Wool hood or lined hood that protects the ears and fits under the helmet
Waterproof climbing gloves (2 pairs)
Fixed mountain boots (if necessary also ski boots possible)
Buff (throat protection)
At least 25 liters-backpack (space for clothing, snack, drink, climbing material)
Sunscreen (glasses and cream)
Thermos or water bottle (already full)