Day 1: Arrival and Introductions

Most people fly to Oslo Airport and then car share for the three hour drive to Rjukan. When you sign up, we put you in touch with other participants through the Facebook event so that you can arrange this. You will meet at the hostel at around 8pm for introductions and to collect any equipment you may need from the gear store.

Day 2: Ice Climbing Technique

Day 2 focuses on technique and balance, including crampon technique and mastering your ice axe swing. You'll also have the opportunity to learn more advance techniques for steep ice, if you want. We usually climb at a venues called Ozzimosis or Krokan, which are both excellent single-pitch crags (20m high).

Day 3: Multi-pitch skills

Climbs for day 3 are Nye Vermorkfoss and Backvein – two 3-pitch waterfalls that weave in and out of the rock – always much easier to climb than they look from the valley floor and the photos!

Day 4: Lead climbing skills

The focus on day 4 is lead climbing protection and skills. You’ll be working on judging ice quality, placing ice screws and building v-threads (burrowed holes in the ice that you place cord through) for retreat or descent. You will do this at a great single pitch crag, with plenty of climbing to put these skills into practice!

Day 5: Alpine-style route

On day 5 you typically do a longer route with a short walk-in, such as Tjonsterbergfossen – an epic 5-pitch route with great views over the valley. The choices are almost endless however so your instructor will pick routes based on the group and make sure everyone is appropriately challenged for the last day.
25 Feb 8pm
Fri 1 Mar 3pm
($326 deposit)
Based on 849 GBP
1 spaces
4 Mar 8pm
Fri 8 Mar 3pm
Based on 849 GBP

Josie B

Reviewed on 3 Mar 18

Verified booking

Having just come back from an ice climbing multi pitch course with Skyhook I would have no doubt in reccomending them to anyone!!!! Lars and Tim made the course safe, informative and very enjoyable and our own ice adventures with Alan and Ryan were just SUPER COOL!!! :D

The course structure was excellent - Lars and Tim were patient and encouraging and made sure that everyone - of any ability - went home feeling like they had achieved great things!!

The Old School accomodation is absolutely charming and although a little bewildering when you first arrive you soon settle in... :) :)

All in all a massive thank you to everyone at the Old School and Skyhook - we will DEFINITELY be back!!!

With all our thanks,

Jo & Steve xx

Edward Coster

Reviewed on 3 Mar 18

Verified booking

Had a great time on the multi-pitch ice climb course with Skyhook. Both Lars and Tim, our instructors, have a varied and broad range of experience which was demonstrated in the clarity of technical rope/protection instruction and coaching of climbing skills. They were able to satisfy aspirations whilst also pushing individuals in areas where work was needed. And just as in important they ensured it was fun at all times! I certainly learnt more in 4 days of ice climbing with Skyhook than I have in many years of climbing, which has fired me up to get out climbing more.

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Nicola Schunke

Reviewed on 28 Feb 18

Verified booking

A fantastic week in a magical part of the world, with some amazing people. Excellent course, catering for a full range of abilities. Professional, engaging and inspiring instructors, clearly pursuing their passion in life - the outdoors! Ryan Simpson's & Tim Oates attitude towards personal development (ensuring each member of the diverse group, no matter what their prior experience was, felt challenged) was commendable. The "Ryan and Tim double act" really made the week! Ryan made our multi-pitch days a real adventure, a pleasure to climb with & learn from and a huge asset to Skyhook.

Tim & Ryan were both 100% committed to blending absolute safety, fun and learning. I would trust them both with my life on any mountain in the world and can't wait to return to climb with them again.

Thank you guys!

1. Can I come by myself?

Absolutely yes - most people book alone. It can feel a bit intimidating, but you will 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. 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).

4. Do I need insurance?

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

5. 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).

6. How fit do i need to be?

A moderate level of fitness is required. 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.

7. How do i get to Rjukan from the airport?

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.

8. Do i need to bring specialist equipment?

All specialist equipment is provided. You must bring with you: Appropriate clothing (similar to ski wear) including waterproof trousers and tops. At least 2 pairs of gloves/mitts and Winter mountaineering boots (you can also rent these from the hostel)