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Mountaineering Course, The Snowy Mountains

Posted on Saturday 6th June, 2015


Have you ever wondered how to survive in the snow and extreme alpine environments? How you use crampons and ice axes to climb a mountain? What you would do if you or your partner fell in a crevasse, got lost in a whiteout or how you would possibly get back down safely off a mountain once you reached the top?? Well wonder no more, I have the perfect course for you!

The Snowy Mountains are a fantastic playground to gain the basic skills you need to take part in mountaineering adventures in the greater ranges. In fact they are where my mountaineering journey began 16 years ago and has since taken me to the highest places in the world including Mt Everest. I have designed this course for outdoor enthusiasts keen to expand their horizons into the world of alpine mountaineering. It can also be completed as a basic training course for an overseas expedition or an introduction for adventurers keen to undertake a New Zealand technical mountaineering course.




























Basic skills include:

– Snow camping

– Navigation in extreme alpine environments

– Snow and ice anchors

– Crevasse rescue and glacier travel techniques

– Self rescue

– Self arrest

– Crampon techniques

– Ice axe techniques

– Belaying, climbing, abseiling and rope management

“I did a two day basic mountaineering skills weekend with Allie at Thredbo and having a rock climbing background myself I was straight away impressed with her professionalism and organisational skills. It was clear to me that her years of experience and technical knowledge made my learning experience fun… I highly recommend Allie Pepper not only as a guide but as a mentor.”– Alex Araujo



Course dates:


Aug 28-30

Sept 5-7


Day 1– We will meet in Jindabyne at 7:30am for introductions, gear check and equipment distribution. We organise our backpacks then drive to Thredbo (you will be required to pay the park entry fee and you must carry snow chains so we can consider car pooling) and catch the Kosciuszko Express chairlift up to the Main Range*.  From here we hike out to the Ramsheads to establish our Base Camp for the next few days. We begin skills training in the afternoon including basic navigation, emergency snow shelters and self rescue skills.


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Day 2– We are up early to gain good cramponing conditions in hard snow. We will head to climb some steep chutes and gullies for ice axe and crampon technique training while learning to safely belay and establish anchors. During the course of the day we will continue with skills instruction including crevasse rescue and glacier travel techniques. You will learn about rope management, ascending and descending ropes safely and retrieving ropes in a multi-pitch context.

Day 3– An early start again to make the most of our last day. We will continue with our skills and learn to lead and establish anchors to safely ascend the mountain while belaying a second climber. We can progress to advance these skills into a multi-pitch scenario which is more than one rope length of climbing. We will learn to safely descend a multi-pitch route by leaving snow anchors in place if we need to or by descending fixed ropes (a technique more common place in the Himalaya). We head to camp to pack up and sort our gear before the hike back to the chairlift and the ride down to the village. We will then make our way to Jindabyne to return any hire equipment and for our final farewell.

*Please be aware that the weather in the alpine environment is very changeable and we may encounter poor weather that can lead to us diverting from the original itinerary. In this instance we will move our Base Camp to somewhere sheltered such as Dead Horse Gap and continue skills instruction there. We will endeavour to gain the Main Range by the Kosciusko Express as the weather improves.



Cost $930 per person ($250 deposit)

Included in the price:

Group camping, technical and emergency equipment.

Personal technical climbing equipment.

Food during the course.

A single Kosciusko Express scenic chairlift pass at Thredbo Resort.

Not included in the price:

Any transport to and from Jindabyne and during the course.

Accommodation either side of the course (starts at 7:30am in Jindabyne Day 1 and finishes at 5:30pm in Jindabyne Day 3).

Park entry fees.

Food and beverages that are purchased in town.

Many personal items on the clothing and equipment list (some items can be hired in Jindabyne such as packs, sleeping bags and mats)

Please feel free to email me for a booking form, the terms and conditions and any further enquiries

Once the course deposit of $250 is received you will be sent further information including a clothing and equipment list.


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