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The dates for the academy will be the last Thursday and Friday of the month, with a classroom session in Melbourne and the vicinity of each venue on the preceding Tuesday night.
The academy will be broken down into 4 modules:
Traveling in the snow /
Recognising and managing alpine hazards /
Living in the Snow - Snowcraft and survival (enjoyment?) /
Emergencies, contingencies and first aid.
This is not an ‘Avalanche Safety Training Certification’ or ‘Wilderness first aid’. It is introduction to the concepts contained within that training. Each event is limited to 20 participants with a guide ratio of 1 to 5.
We will have more details about the specific events and who will provide the modules closer to the date.
The 2nd Victorian backcountry festival will feature:
Two days of clinics, tours, workshops.
We already have tours planned which cover snow shoeing, XC, alpine touring, telemark and splitboarding to destinations like Mt Loch, Dargo Bowl and other sidecountry destinations. There are a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced tours planned.
Skillshares will cover things like avalanche safety, ski mountaineering, snow camping and navigation.
There will be an extended speaker’s program, with great presentations on women and the backcountry, a human powered crossing of Antarctica, and ski mountaineering in the European Alps.
Demos, info stalls and an outdoor bar (in a spectacular backcountry location, requiring a short skin or walk in).
There will be 2 day avalanche courses (AST 1) available before and after the festival, delivered by Alpine Access Australia.
The festival will be followed by a 3 day campout to test new skiing and riding skills on Mt Feathertop (Sept 9 – 11).
The festival is presented by Mountain Journal & Mountain Sports Collective with the support of Hotham Lift Company and many groups & businesses. Check the website for full details.
All welcome. $10 registration (You can register here. Pre registration really helps with planning).
If you’d like to get involved in the festival, please check here.
Facebook page for the event available here.
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There will be all the usual trimmings, T-Shirts, give a ways, raffles and loads of fun. Some of the prize categories include worst DIY job, most inventive Splitboard design etc. etc. An official list will be out soon so stay tuned!
You have the option to stay in Jindabyne, camp in the National Park or my favorite camp on the peaks.
Jump on board and meet some new touring partners, the more the merrier!