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Snowcraft 2023

You MUST obtain approval from the leader before booking this trip. They'll give you the trip code - without the correct code your booking will be rejected.

Be sure you know everything you need to know before booking this trip - the booking process, the gear you need, departure point, emergencies, tramp grading description. See the Multiday Tramp info page.

Only ATC members can book a trip up to 3 weeks before a trip commences. After that time, non-member bookings may be accepted.

Friday 28 July 2023

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This year's snowcraft course is happening again this winter, open to club members only.

Priority will be given to current members who have not previously completed a Snowcraft course. 

The aim of the course is to build your confidence to travel on snow and ice, learning skills that allow you to venture into alpine tramping, eg, crossing a snow covered pass. This will open up a whole new area of tramping to you. 

We will not be going into rope work, that is for another time.

The course will take place in whatever weather is thrown at us, no cancellations. 

A booking form and gear list will be available in June.


  • Basic Alpine skills, use of ice axe and crampons. 
  • Walking with ice axe and self-arresting a fall.
  • Traversing uphill and downhill, edging, pigeonholing, plunge steps.
  • Step cutting with ice axe, ascending, traversing, and descending.
  • Correct fitting of crampons to boots.
  • Traverse, climb and descend, 10 point and front point techniques using both ice axe and crampons.
  • Avalanche awareness, emergency shelter.

Theory night

A mandatory theory night will take place on July 12th at 7.30pm at the Remuera Bowling Club. This will cover participant familiarisation, gear and equipment.


Transport: Club bus

Drivers: Jim Morrow, Chris Burnett

Departure: Friday July 28th 7.00 pm, Club garage, 31 Sandringham Road, Kingsland 

Venue: Alpine Sports Club Hut, Mt Ruapehu

Cost: $190 (transport and accommodation)

Interested? Contact Jim Morrow This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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