Winter On Ice (WOI)
Winter On Ice (WOI) is an introductory course designed to introduce people to the skills required for novice ice climbing in the mountains. It is taught by volunteers from ACC Edmonton.
The course consists of 2 classroom sessions (in Edmonton) and 1 skills weekends (in the mountains) that cover:
ice climbing gear
ice climbing technique
walking/climbing with crampons
November 7th, 2018, 19:00 - 21:00
November 21th, 2018, 19:00 - 21:00
Where: University of Alberta, ECHA Room TBD
Skills Training Weekends in the Mountains
January 18-20, 2019
February 8-10, 2019
$90.00 in course fees, plus:
Hostel/hut accommodations for skills weekends: $30 per night.
You provide your own meals and transportation (carpooling) to/from the mountains.
Rental Gear Package from MEC: $56 https://www.mec.ca/en/stores/edmonton
2 ice axes suitable for ice-climbing (*)
crampons suitable for ice-climbing (*)
boots that can support the crampons you'll be using (*)
climbing helmet (*)
belay device (ATC), with locking carabiner
clothing suitable to spend a full winter day outside
backpack to carry your gear, lunch, water, and some group equipment. Minimum 25L+ pack recommended.
(*) = This gear is available for rent at MEC Edmonton. Early reservations are highly recommended.
You are going to want to rent the ice climbing package from MEC, highlighted below:
The package includes boots, crampons, ice axes and a helmet (helmets are mandatory during the weekend). They have weekend packages available for around 60$. Harness, belay device and carabiners are not included in the package, which you will also need for the weekend.
When trying on boots two things are important. First, lace them up tight and kick the floor a couple times. If your toe hurts kicking the floor once, it will probably hurt a lot more after kicking ice all weekend. Make sure your toe feels good after a couple kicks. Second, do a couple calf raises and make sure your back heel doesn't lift up inside the boot. Your calves will get pumped really fast if your heel is constantly lifting inside the boot. You want a boot that keeps your heel stapled to the bottom of the boot.
Classroom space has a maximum of 30.
Weekend spots are limited due to hostel space limits. They are available on a first-register-first-serve basis. Please include which weekend you prefer when signing up.
Registration not complete until payment received.