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.

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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. Excludes travel to Rjukan, drink and food.

Pre-Course 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

It should be possible to 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 group, to arrange car sharing).

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

Day 1 - 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 1 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 2 - 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. We’ll then drive back to Oslo together for last flights home.

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)