Training on Ice and Rock! The Taschachhaus - located in the Ötztaler Alpen in the heart of Tyrol - is an excellent base to improve basic skilss in rock climbing as well as various exercises on the glacier. Some important theoretical units will complete the content of this course!
The following is a typical schedule with the guide fine tuning the plan according to the prevalling weather conditions and the experience of the group:
Day 1: Meeting at Hotel Gundolf in Mandarfen. The guide will organise luggage transport to the Taschachhaus, 3 hours ascent to the hut. The guide will hand out and adjust the rental equipment. After dinner preview of activities of the whole week.
Day 2: Refresh glacier skills, roping up, moving and climbing on different slope angles. Planning the next day.
Day 3: Glacier training: anchors and running belays on snow and ice (how to choose a good place, placing ice screws, deadman, climbing steep ice). Planning the next day.
Day 4: Glacier training: moving in a roped party, group management, decision-making, orientation. Planning the next day.
Day 5: Movement together on rock, training for rock ridges: improvement in climbing techniques, fixed anchors, installing and climbing of a fixed rope, rescue management and first aid. Planning the next day.
Day 6: Training for steep firn (snow) slopes and ice. After dinner: reflections of the week.
Day 7: Descent to Mandarfen/Mittelberg, farewell around 12 o`clock
In the evening there will be theoretical units on various topics like orientation, reading maps, alpine danger and alpine weather.
FOTOCREDIT: Csaba Szepfalusi