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*    ICE AXE AND ICE HAMMER    45-55cms length; bent shaft and ‘technical’ pick; on Intro courses axes must have adjustable leashes; experienced ice climbers on Tech/Adv courses may choose to go leashless but should have security cords and/or bring leashes as back-ups: Recommended makes: Intro course: DMM Fly or Apex, Grivel Matrix or Quantum Light or Tech, Petzl Quark, BD Venom or Viper;  Improver/Technical Ice courses: Petzl Quark, DMM Apex, Black Diamond Cobra or Viper (with finger-grips)or Petzl Nomic, BD Reactor or DMM Switch (fully leashless with handles)

*    CRAMPONS       Technical crampons: dual or mono-frontpoints; with step-in binding or with toe strap and heel step-in; fitted tightly to boots; small spanner and spare nuts/screws for field repair; Petzl Lynx recommended; Anti-balling plates should be fitted for moist snow conditions

CLIMBING HELMET        Visor is optional but offers face protection
CLIMBING HARNESS  Full sit harness with leg loops and gear loops

ICE SCREW RACKS 2 plastic karabiners to fit to harness to carry ice screws and axes (eg Petzl Caritool Evo)

HARDWARE    - 1 long sewn Sling (1.2m length or 2m circumference)
- 3 Screw-gate Karabiners, 1 non-screwgate karabiner
- Belay plate (a plate which offers autolock direct belay facility is useful (eg BD ATC Guide or Petzl Reverso)
- 2 Prusik loops (3m of 5 or 6mm Cord needed)(or 1 Ropeman ascender + 1 Prusik)
- 6 metres of 6mm or 7mm dynamic cord for ice thread abseils)

PERSONAL LEAD GEAR  You may want to bring a few ice screws for your own leading (eg BD Turbo Express lengths 16,19,22cm)

ICE THREADER  Long hooked wire for threading and cleaning ice screws

PENKNIFE Sharp knife for cutting cord

RUCKSACK   45-55 ltr capacity plus waterproof liner

BOOTS   For cold-weather comfort and performance on ice boots must be fully-stiffened (B3 rated) Synthetic/Leather with insulation, and walked in to comfort. Recommended models: La Sportiva: G5, Nepal Evo or Nepal Cube; Scarpa: Mont Blanc or Phantom Guide; Garmont: Mountain Guide Pro)

GAITERS        Knee length Alpine Gaiters or full over-gaiters for extra warmth

SHELL CLOTHING  Wind and waterproof  Jacket with hood and Overtrousers with full side zips;         Goretex or other breathable fabric; eg: Mountain Equipment Lhotse or Tupilak Jacket;  and Arclight or Karakorum shell-trousers

DUVET/BELAY JACKET   For belaying, evening and emergency use; not essential but recommended when temperatures can be down to –20deg C eg Synthetic fill: MEq Citadel Jkt or Compressor Jkt (Women); or Down fill: MEq Arete Hooded or Odin Jkt

TROUSERS  Softshell winter climbing trousers - stretch material recommended; ME G2 Ultimate Pants(Men) or Chamois (Women)                                

THERMAL UNDERWEAR    Long-sleeved vest and thermal leggings (eg MEq Eclipse)

WARMTH LAYERS     Fleece Mid-layer and Fleece Jacket (eg MEq Eclipse Zip T and Touchstone jacket (Men) or Achangel jacket (Women) or Softshell Jkt (eg MEq Mission (Men) or G2 Alpine (Women)  
GLOVES/MITTS     2 pairs Waterproof technical gloves for climbing eg ME Super Alpine and Randonnee Glove; plus Weatherproof Mittens for belaying eg ME Pinnacle Mitts or Dachstein/Ortovox wool mitts – that’s a minimum of three pairs!!

HEADWEAR    Wool Ski-hat or Balaclava plus thin Balaclava to fit under helmet

SOCKS    Thick long socks, thin inners plus spares

PERSONAL FIRST AID    incl. Tape/Compeed for blisters and minor cuts

HEADTORCH    LED type with powerful beam eg Petzl Myo and new batteries

DRINK FLASKS      Thermos flask for hot drinks and 1 litre water bottle (tube feed systems not recommended as they will freeze up)

SUNGLASSES/ SUNCREAM AND LIP SALVE      Sunglasses with No 4 UV rating or Snow Goggles

SKI POLES   Telescopic; recommended for approaches/descents in deep snow

MAPS/COMPASS/MAP CASE      Aurland courses 1:50000 Turkart map sheets 2667 Naeroyfjorden, 2565 Aurlandsdalen and 2529 Laerdal; Jostedal courses: 1:100000 Turkart Jostedalsbreen, and 1:50000 Breheimen. Maps are not essential, usually available from www.cordee.co.uk or www.themapshop.co.uk or can be purchased locally. A regional map such as Freytag & Berndt 1:250000 sheet 2 Mid-Norway is also useful to get acquainted with the geography of the area.

MOBILE PHONE  Always take your phone out on the climbing days in case of need

TEXTBOOKS    Ice and Mixed Climbing by Will Gadd (The Mountaineers, 2003) £16.95;  available from Cordee www.cordee.co.uk Tel: 0116 254 3579               
WASHKIT    For valley use only
CASH/CURRENCY  Credit cards can be used for many purchases but it is advised that you bring £100-150 in Norwegian Krone to spend on travel, dinner shopping and drinks

* Available on hire from us at £25 per item; advance notification essential

To extend airline baggage limits wear boots and jackets on to the flight, and wear essential climbing clothing on the flight in case the airline loses your hold baggage

Discount offer from Cotswold Outdoor: all customers making a booking with us will benefit from a 15% discount on equipment purchased in-store or on-line www.cotswoldoutdoor.comthe discount code is issued on receipt of your booking


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