Alpine Bootcamp

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Dates: March - October. 


Location: Kerry- McGillycuddy's Reeks/Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, Co. Kerry


Duration: Two Days/ One Day Intensive


Skills Taught: Ice axe and crampon techniques, harness and rope techniques: fixed rope techniques: cravesse rescue and glacier travel all taught in the comfort of controlled, simulated weather conditions in Ireland, by Ireland's leading adventurers.


Grade: Easy to Moderate and for Beginners to Advanced. You will learn a lot more by doing the skills in the controlled conditions here, in good weather. You increase your knowledge and proficiency before going climbing in the harsh conditions associated with expeditions or winter mountaineering. This is highly recommended!


Price: €150 for 2 days, €100 for 1 day


Learn how to be self-sufficient traveling on snow and ice…..(simulated training).

The aim of this course is to provide you with the basic skills you will need to summit in winter conditions in Scotland, The Alps, The Himalaya, Russia and other mountains that require snow/ice/ mountaineering skills. We train you to be proficient in the use of crampons, ice axes, ski poles and other climbing equipment. You will also learn certain techniques used in glacier travel, crevasse rescue, fixed rope techniques and abseiling. We include a practical lesson on climbing equipment and other gear required such as your climbing harness. This course is recommended for people who wish to climb in areas such as the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas and all the great mountain ranges of the world.

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Dates: For 2017, 1 day intensive course:

  • Sunday June 11th


Time: 09:00hrs


Meeting Point: Pat Falvey Walking and Adventure Centre, The Mountain Lodge, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry


Additional Info: Equipment hire/purchase available for those who have not yet bought ice axes/crampons/harness etc.

Experienced instructors, demos and presentations!


Price: €150 per person for two days, €100 for intensive one day.

Accommodation not included.

Group discounts available -contact us 

Meet at the Pat Falvey Walking and Adventure Centre (located at The Mountain Lodge, Beaufort, Killarney) at 09:00hrs. Ready for action!

Skills covered: This is a general list and can be tailored to suit specific requirements for any expedition. Let us help you prepare for your adventure!


Use and fitting of equipment: Boots, Helmet, Harness, Emergency Pack, Ski Poles, Ropes, Ascenders, Slings, Prusicks, Chocks, Cams etc.


Belaying: Securing yourself and others to the mountain, lowering and taking in using slings and other devices.


Glacier Crossing: Safe use of Ice Axe and Crampons.


Rope Work: How to tie in, safely move as a team, quick belay using an ice axe etc.


Crevasse Rescue: Self Rescue, Assisted Rescue, Pulley and Z methods.


Gear Talk: what you have and what you need to succeed.

We reccommend that you pack as per our list for the expedition to Mt. Elbrus, this way you can test any new equipment and ask us any questions you may have regarding your current clothing and equipment.

Below is a basic clothing and equipment list:

  • 35 Litre Rucksack

  • Gaitors

  • Waterproof trekking boots

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Warm top, hat and gloves

  • Lunch & snacks

  • Camera and case

  • Personal ice axe & crampons

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