Ice climbing for total beginners

This course is for total beginners who want to try something new in a great place. It introduces you to ice climbing with fun instructors and an awesome vibe.

Apply now

Welcome to Rjukan, Norway

Rjukan is one of the world’s greatest ice climbing venues. As soon as you arrive you can see why, with over 180 frozen waterfalls shooting down both sides of the valley town. It’s an impressive sight!

The course includes Instruction, accommodation, and specialist equipment hire. It excludes travel and food.

Day 1: Evening

Meet at the Dale Skole Hostel (Old School hostel) for introductions on the evening before the course. We go through:

  • Goals of the course
  • Safety
  • Equipment

Most people fly into Oslo Gardermoen in the afternoon and then drive to Rjukan in around 3 hours (when you sign up we put you in touch with the other participants through a Facebook event, to arrange car sharing).

We have dinner and check equipment on the evening before the beginners ice climbing course

Day 2: Ozzimosis

Leave the hostel at 9am for a full day ice climbing at a local venue. The focus is getting into the swing of it and developing good movement techniques.

The beginners ice climbing course is typically characterised by mild weather and plenty of ice

Day 2: Evening

We come back to the hostel and you can jump in the hostel sauna with a drink, before dinner with the other participants.

Ice climbing lessons are incomplete without a hearty dinner afterwards.

Day 3: Krokan

9:00am Leave hostel for a full day of ice climbing. We can teach some more stuff for those that want to such as; ice screw placement, building belays, moving forward.

3:00pm Debrief and finish, in time for for last flights home from Oslo.

The views over Rjukan Adventure are stunning

1. Requirements

A moderate level of fitness is required (we're outside for both full days). Climbing experience is not required; we setup a broad range of climbs suitable for complete beginners up to expert rock climbers, and coach you accordingly to your current experience.

2. Logistics

  • If flying go to Oslo Gardermoen - usually most affordable with Ryan Air/Norwegian Air
  • Course participants typically rent a car together for the 3h drive to Rjukan. When you sign up we recommend you also join the Facebook event to arrange this.

3. Equipment

Skyhook Adventure will provide all specialist equipment. You must bring with you:

  • Appropriate cloathing (similar to ski wear) including waterproof trousers and tops
  • At least 2 pairs of gloves/mitts
  • Winter mountaineering boots (you can also rent these from the hostel)

Availability

2017
Fri
8 Dec 8pm
Sun 10 Dec 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces
Sun
10 Dec 8pm
Tue 12 Dec 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces
Fri
15 Dec 8pm
Sun 17 Dec 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces
Sun
17 Dec 8pm
Tue 19 Dec 3pm
£330 GBP
3 spaces
Tue
19 Dec 8pm
Thu 21 Dec 3pm
£330 GBP
4 spaces
2018
Fri
5 Jan 8pm
Sun 7 Jan 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces
Fri
12 Jan 8pm
Sun 14 Jan 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces
Fri
19 Jan 8pm
Sun 21 Jan 3pm
£330 GBP
4 spaces
Fri
26 Jan 8pm
Sun 28 Jan 3pm
£330 GBP
3 spaces
Fri
2 Feb 8pm
Sun 4 Feb 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces
Fri
9 Feb 8pm
Sun 11 Feb 3pm
£330 GBP
3 spaces
Sun
11 Feb 8pm
Tue 13 Feb 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces
Fri
16 Feb 8pm
Sun 18 Feb 3pm
£330 GBP
3 spaces
Sun
18 Feb 8pm
Tue 20 Feb 3pm
£330 GBP
5 spaces
Fri
23 Feb 8pm
Sun 25 Feb 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces
Fri
2 Mar 8pm
Sun 4 Mar 3pm
£330 GBP
3 spaces
Fri
9 Mar 8pm
Sun 11 Mar 3pm
£330 GBP
0 spaces

Apply Now

✓ Valid
Please check your phone number - it appears to be invalid.

1. Can I come by myself?

Absolutely yes - most people book alone. It can feel a bit intimidating, but we’ll do introductions when you arrive and you’ll get to know the others in no time!

2. How old do I need to be?

The minimum age for all our courses is 18.

3. Do I need to be fitter/stronger?

Our hand-picked locations are all great for beginners. If you're worried however, feel free to give us a call and we'll talk you through what the course involves.

4. What does the price include?

It includes accommodation, instruction and all technical equipment. It excludes travel, food, appropriate clothing and winter mountaineering boots (these can be rented from the hostel if needed).

5. Do I need insurance?

Yes - please make sure you have travel insurance which includes ice climbing. Popular providers include the BMC and Snowcard.

6. What are the options for food?

The local supermarket Kiwi has a broad selection, with equivalent prices to a higher end supermarket in the UK (e.g. Waitrose).

7. What should I wear?

You can find a complete gear list in the Course PDF here, which we also email to you when you sign up for the course. 

Apply Now