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Mountaineering Training & Tour / KaramatsuDake – Hakuba, April 10-11

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Mountaineering Training & Tour / KaramatsuDake – Hakuba, April 10-11

This training/tour is in Japanese/English, with our AMCG / JMGA guides. Mountains are always weather dependent, you will complete training and be prepared to make a summit push in winter conditions unless extreme weather, which location may change to be more protected.

Running from Happo One Ski Resort, where we will meet at 08:00 to check gear and board the gondola/top lift bringing us to just under 1,800m elevation. Where we will then push to the Happo-Ike ridge for training and subsequently the first peak of KaramatsuDake early the following morning from the HappoIke Lodge accomodation.

Snow School Training:
Movement on snow – Use of Ice Axe – Self Arrests – Crampon work on snow and rock.
Mountaineering gear use, reading weather & planning trip, how and what to pack.
Introduction for avalanche awareness, basic rope use and knots, map reading and navigation, emergency procedures.

DAY 01 08:00 Teaching mountaineering gear use, steep ascending, emergency arrests, avalanche/companion rescue with basic rope, snow/ice hiking skills, reading weather & planning trip, how and what to pack
DAY 02 07:00
Early start to make a push from lodge to the summit 2,696m, or first peak depending on progress and descend & arrive before dark (17:00)
Group training up to 4 people / per instructor
Suitable for beginners 3-5+ times mountain climbing / snow hiking up to 2000m
Location : KaramatsuDake 唐松岳 2696m, Hakuba Valley, Nagano

It is necessary to carry a complete avalanche kit on this trip – available for rent through Central Snow Sports – we will offer a discount code for this if you need to rent.
For all other equipment please notify us if you do not have – please see from the description below and ask any questions in regards.

GEAR CHECKLIST: 
• Crampons Steel, 10-12 point
• Mountaineering ice axe, average 50cm+ length
• Trekking pole(s) with snow basket
• Climbing harness (alpine style – non freeze)
• Climbing helmet
• Mountaineering Boots (must be compatible with your crampons)
• Daypack* (30-40 litres)
• Thermos with hot water (1litres)
Sundries – Sunglasses, Sunscreen, SPF lip balm, Compact Camera (not full DLSR), Headlamp (with fresh batteries),
Optional – Compass, Earplugs, Blister First aid kit (Our guides carry a first aid kit)

CLOTHING CHECKLIST:
• Long base layer (underwear) top and bottoms (light weight synthetic/wool)
• Socks 2 pairs (synthetic/wool)
• Light synthetic mid-layer shirt
• Soft shell pants (mountaineer pants usually come with reinforced knees, chaps, seat)
• Mid-weight synthetic or (450+) down jacket
• Heavy-weight insulated jacket (750+ down)
• Waterproof hardshell jacket with hood
• Waterproof hardshell pants (should have a full-length side zip so they can be put on without taking off boots and crampons)
• Waterproof gaiters (big enough to fit over large boots)
• Waterproof mountaineering gloves (two pairs – ideally one waterproof & one extra warm) / liner gloves
• Warm hat
• Neck warmer / buff
Optional – warm booties for night, warm dry layers for night, balaclava, sunhat (depending on weather),

Please note: Courses and tours are reliant on conditions of weather deemed acceptable and safe for training, ascent and descent.
From forecasts, decisions can only made 3 days prior to trip and participants can choose 1 – to instead change location to climb a controlled ascent in Akadake, Yatsugatake  OR 2 – to postpone and reschedule climb.
If neither is possible then we a refund will be issued and we try for another period!

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