This year we are venturing north again to the Oppdal area, which involves a longer transfer time from Oslo, but has climbing at a wider range of altitudes than Rjukan, giving more reliable conditions when the weather is unseasonably warm. Outward travel is possible to Oslo Gardermoen airport from Manchester, London Stansted, and some other regional UK airports. It is also possible to fly to Trondheim internally and head south to Oppdal (1.5 hours by hire car).
The trip to Oppdal by road from Oslo in a hire car takes around four or five hours. In a normal five day course, Monday and Tuesday are spent on the ice, learning or honing technique at single and multi pitch venues. Wednesday is usually a half day off the ice, to rest and recuperate.
Thursday and Friday we consolidate our new skills climbing multi-pitch ice routes at an appropriate grade. Instructor:client ratio is 1:2 throughout.
Oppdal offers ice climbing from grade 2 upwards, with more than 100 routes spread over multiple areas. There is something to suit nearly every ability and aspiration. You don’t need to have climbed ice before but some experience and preparedness for cold outdoor conditions will be helpful, as will hillwalking, basic climbing or scrambling experience in the UK or elsewhere. The trip will be difficult to enjoy if you are very unfit.
This trip is aimed at two groups:
1. beginner and intermediate ice climbers who want to improve rapidly and gain experience to support future, independent ice climbing
2. MCI trained instructors who are keen to progress to WMCI, and want to improve their pure ice climbing rapidly. The trip is open to candidates with or without Winter ML, and is suitable either pre or post WMCI training. The normal aim of the coaching provided would be to begin to acquire all the technical skills and experience needed to be comfortable working with clients on ground up to WI4.
We will be staying at a warm, comfortable chalet in Oppdal, located near the main ice climbing areas. There is a self-catering kitchen, and we put together a kitty for buying food, and all contribute to the cooking and washing up.
Price: £950 per person
includes all instruction, climbing equipment (everything can be provided except boots)
Excludes flight, shared car hire (approx £150pp), accommodation costs (allow £40 per night), insurance, bar tab, day off activities, and one evening meal out later in the week, to give the chefs a break.
A £400 deposit will secure a place on the trip, with balance due twelve weeks before departure.
For 2023 we have flexible dates from mid February through to mid March. All our instructors are WMCI qualified and fully insured for personal liability.
All specialist equipment that does not require a specific fit is provided (helmet, harness, ropes, belay plate, ice tools and crampons), but boots are not included. I have a range of boots to borrow for free in the UK on a first come, first served basis,and it is possible to hire boots locally in Oppdal
"I’ve had two alienmountain guided trips.... ice climbing in Norway (Feb 16) and trad improver rock climbing up in the Peak District. I find John Allen and his Team very amenable, attentive and safety conscious. They manage the climbing group in a firm but extremely jovial manner and there are plenty of laughs and lots of banter along the way.
I intend to climb with John again in Norway next year and improve on the skills I learnt from scratch earlier this year.
I would have no hesitation in recommending John’s trips to beginners or advanced climbers as you will be guaranteed a great experience"
Antony Di Blasio