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: Mixed climbing at Krokan

Today you will have an opportunity to try out some mixed climbing (on both rock and ice). You'll also have a chance to learn how to build belays and construct top ropes!

Day 4: Multi-pitch skills

Climbs for day 4 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 5: Lead climbing skills

The focus on day 5 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 6: Alpine-style route

On day 6 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.
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29 Dec 8pm
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5 Jan 8pm
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19 Jan 8pm
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2 Feb 8pm
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Paul Cooke

Reviewed on 5 Mar 18

5
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My second visit to Rjukan with Skyhook. Another great experience and I'm sure I will be back. Managed two long multi pitch routes and plenty of class bottom roped routes practicing lead screw placement and steep ice technique. Our instructor Tom was great at striking the right balance of keeping things fun and keeping us focused and getting our efficiency up to speed. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to develop their ice climbing.

Josie B

Reviewed on 3 Mar 18

5
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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

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Jo Harvey

Reviewed on 3 Mar 18

5
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Having just come back from a Skyhook Multi Pitch course in Norway I wouldn't hesitate to reccomend these guys to anyone!! Informative, encouraging, friendly instructors and guides and climbing that is just out of this world!!!

We will DEFINITELY be back for more - thank you Skyhook!!! :):):) xxx

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)