Winter On Ice (WOI) is an introductory course designed to introduce people to the skills required for novice ice climbing in the mountains. It is taught by volunteers from ACC Edmonton.
The course consists of 3 classroom sessions (in Edmonton) and 1 skills weekends (in the mountains) that cover:
Held at the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA). Room 1 490 (1st floor room 490). The closest LRT station to the building is the Health Sciences Station and the closest parking is the Jubilee Car Park. The building looks like this:
Here is a campus map and room map:
$90.00 in course fees, plus:
You are going to want to rent the ice climbing package from MEC, highlighted below:
The package includes boots, crampons, ice axes and a helmet (helmets are mandatory during the weekend). They have weekend packages available for around 35$. Not included in the package is a harness, belay device and carabiners which you will also need for the weekend.
When trying on boots two things are important. First, lace them up tight and kick the floor a couple times. If your toe hurts kicking the floor once, it will probably hurt a lot more after kicking ice all weekend. Make sure your toe feels good after a couple kicks. Second, do a couple calf raises and make sure your back heel doesn't lift up inside the boot. Your calves will get pumped really fast if your heel is constantly lifting inside the boot. You want a boot that keeps your heel stapled to the bottom of the boot.
Registration begins by emailing Steven Rockarts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your registration is complete once payment is received by Steven.