Mountain Skills Course

Description:

This 8 day course is aimed at training climbers and mountaineers to use their skills in a professional context while guiding mountaineering and climbing trips.

Prerequisites:

Applicants for the Mountain Skills Course will need to demonstrate that they have done the following or comparable:

  • Be able to comfortably lead “trad” climbs at a minimum difficulty of 5.6 (Stardalur / Iceland).

  • Have climbed at least 10 ice routes (cascades) where at least 5 are multi pitch and at least three are WI 4 or harder.

  • Having done at least one “classical” Icelandic alpine route (min TD 300m).

  • Have good knowledge of rope work in crevasse rescues and have guiding experience from easier routes on mountains like Hvannadalhnúkur og Hrútfjallstindar.

  • The course Summit II is strongly recommended as a predecessor for this course.

Comparable climbs abroad will also be valid.

Evaluation:

Students are given recommendations on if they should proceed to the IMG Mountain Guide exam. If not recommendations are made on what fields should be improved.

Qualifications:

The Mountain Skills Course is not an exam and does there for not provide any direct qualification apart from being a prerequisite for the IMG Mountain Guide Exam. In general the guides that have completed the MSC are more eligible as assistant instructors on mountaineering and climbing courses.

Instructions:

The course is run in and around Skaftafell. Two IMG Mountain Guides instruct a maximum of 8 students. The course is planed every second year.

For further information on prices and availability please contact info@mountainguides.is