Let us introduce you to the essential skills of alpine mountaineering!
The training is designed for fit hill walkers who wish to gain a solid foundation in alpine mountaineering. You will learn and practise the key skills and techniques to move safely on snow, ice and rock. This will include travel on glaciated terrain and crevasse rescue techniques.
Planned daily routine:
The following is a typical schedule with the guide fine tuning the plan according to the prevalling weather conditions and the experience of the group:
DAY 1: Train ride from Innsbruck central station to Imst-Pitztal train station from there by bus of the VVT (Verkehrsverbund Tirol) to Mandarfen. Take a taxi or walk to the meeting point at the office of Bergführervereinigung-Pitztal in Mandarfen at 1 pm, where you can also rent your climbing equipment. The guide organizes luggage transport to Braunschweiger Hütte, 3 hours ascent from Mittelberg through the Pitztal Valley to the Braunschweiger Hütte. After dinner: preview of the activities of the week.
DAY 2: Foot balance and placement, walking techniques with crampons
Use of ice axe and self arrest on snow and ice
Glacier training: roping up
Knots and rope techniques
Planning the next day
DAY 3: Glacier training: standard operating procedures (sops) on glaciers, moving in a roped party Various crampon techniques
Orientation and reading of maps.
Planning the next day.
DAY 4: Glacier training: roping up, crevasse rescue and use of autoblocks (prusiks, Mini Traxions etc) and pulleys
Anchors and running belays on snow and ice.
Planning the next day.
DAY 5: Climbing training: roping up for climbing and rapelling
Rock anchors and how to belay
Movement on easy rock ridges
First aid and rescue training
Planning the next day.
DAY 6: Putting it all together: ascent of nearby peak using skills and techniques taught and practised
during the week
After dinner: reflections on the week
DAY 7: Descent to Mittelberg, farewell around 12:00
In the evenings there will be theoretical units on various topics like orientation, reading maps, alpine dangers and alpine weather.
Mountain equipment can be rented at the following shop/place, we do the reservation for you!
6481 Sankt Leonhard, Mandarfen 4, Tel: +43 5413 20366
Click on http://www.bergfuehrervereinigung-pitztal.com/en/equipment-rental/ to get to the equipment rental paragraph
Opening hours: coordinated with the beginning of the course!
Climbing equipment (Harness, ice axe, crampons, helmet, 6 carabiners, 2 slings, 3 static cords, 1 ice screw): set price 25/day and 150/whole course, single items upon request!
We must carefully follow all national and local guidance regarding travel restrictions and social distancing. All participants must have face masks, hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes. In addition, for any courses which use mountain huts, all participants must bring their own sleeping bag, pillow case and towels and observe 1m distance in shared facilities. Face masks must be worn at all times except when eating or sleeping.
Inspecting and caring for your gear and outdoor equipment
Use of crampons and ice axe, roll and plant technique
Roping up and travelling on glacier (ascent and descent)
Crevasse rescue techniques
Roping up and techniques for climbing
Belaying and moving on a ridge (ascent and descent)
Planning a tour, alpine dangers, alpine weather
Orientation with maps, Apps
18 years of age. Free from mental and physical handicap. Fitness to hike up 1,000m in altitude with your backpack (about 8 kg). Sure footed in pathless and rough terrain. Free from fear of height and vertigo. Experience of walking in snow highly desirable
Max. Teilnehmer / Guide
Maximal 6 Teilnehmer*innen pro Guide.
6x overnights in Braunschweiger Hütte in a dormitory
Halfboard (breakfast and dinner)
English speaking instructor from the Bergsteigerschule Alpenverein Edelweiss
Luggage transport from Mittelberg to the Braunschweiger Hütte
Services not included:
Flights or railway to/from Munich, Innsbruck or Salzburg
Transport to/from Mittelberg/Pitztal
Additional meals and beverages
Climbing equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons, etc.)
€ 1.250,00 Normalpreis
€ 1.165,00 Preis für ÖAV-Mitglieder
Bitte beachte unsere Teilnahmebedingungen (AGB) und die angeführten technischen und konditionellen Anforderungen.
Die Anmeldung ist online oder persönlich in unserem Mitgliederservice möglich.
Unser Team steht dir für Auskünfte gerne per E-Mail, persönlich oder telefonisch zur Verfügung.
Mo. - Do. 09:00 - 14:00
Walfischgasse 12 , A-1010 Wien
Telefon: +43 650 494 75 89