Beginners Ice Climbing Course
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.
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.
What to Expect
Meet at the Dale Skole Hostel (Old School hostel) for introductions on the evening before the course. We go through:
- Goals of the course
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).
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.
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.
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 Key Details
- 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.
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)
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.