AUTUMN

Autumn is traditionally a quieter time in the outdoor enthusiast’s life.  It is often a time to reflect over summer activities and a time to dream about winter goals. Autumn is, however, a beautiful time to visit Norway, especially Valdres. The colours are stunning with winter creeping in over the mountain tops and the valleys remaining green.  While Autumn may not have the longest days and certainly does not have the most stable weather, it is possible to undertake both touring and mountaineering courses in the Jotunehim.  And the mountains are simply empty and dramatic!

We offer courses in

Autumn ski-touring

The days get shorter and colder, the valleys still green and lush, mountains now in winter clothes.  Autumn is a good time to get out if conditions allow.  A great time to get that early tour in and brush up on skills that are so important in the winter months.

These tours are a mix of ski touring, winter techniques and the all important avalanche awareness.  Days in the mountains followed by warm food and cosy fires back in the house.

Mountaineering

Autumnal mountaineering is a special gift, the valleys are green while the mountains are starting to wear winter cloths.  While many think the mountains become closed in Autumn in reality they often at there very best.  Certainly bad weather can come, but often enough some of the most stabile weather can be found.

Mountaineering courses can be run thought this period, offering summer climbing in the valley and winter mountaineering in the high mountains.  The best of both worlds. Contact us for more details.

Uranostinden

Uranostinden as seen from the Koldedalen approach

Navigation

Navigation is fun! Its really is. To have the confidence to head out into the great unknown you need to have a solid foundation in navigation. We run 2,5 days mountain navigation courses in Valdres. Get to grips with the map, compass and GPS and never feel lost again.

Price Guide:

2,5 days course: 2500 nok per person plus accommodation at 250 nok per night.

Skills

Technical Skills

Being able to look after yourself in the mountains is a must.  There is a long tradition of self rescue in the Norwegian mountains and at Valdres Fjellguider we can provide short “buddy Rescue courses” based on the principle of “improvised rescue”.  This 2,5 days course runs through self rescue, from being able to climb up and descend a rope, alone or with a injured buddy to more complex rescues with injuries buddies.

Price Guide:

2,5 days course: 2500 nok per person plus accommodation at 250 nok per night.

Skills

Climbing

Winter is finally over. You can put away all that heavy gear and feel the warm rock under your fingers again.   There is something very pleasurable about skiing up to a mountain crag and climbing on sun-kissed rock before zooming back down to the valley for a coffee and ice cream. The valley climbing can be good as well!

Climbing at this time of the year is about getting ready for those summer projects, learning new skills or just brushing up on some rusty techniques.

This climbing course meets the Norwegian Fjellsports standard and, as with other courses, you will received a diploma/certificate indicating you have undertaken a skills course that meets their standards.

Climbing Course (Ground)

The aim of this course is to take people with little or no climbing experience to a point where they can rope climb in a safe and competent manner and understand the techniques to do this.

The courses is  run over 3.5 to 6.5 days and can be based in the valley or the high mountains or a combination of both depending on the time of year. The course covers basics like movement on rock, safe belaying, being a competent second, before moving on to placing your own climbing protection, arranging belays and basic buddy / self rescue techniques.

At the end of the course you will receive a diploma.

Price per person: from 3500 to 6500 nok (*accommodation)

If you want more advice or to start planning, please contact us.

Buddy Rescue Courses

The aim of this course is to take people with some experience of climbing to a point they are confident in self rescue / buddy rescue. 2.5 days.

Norway has a strong tradition of self rescue and this course provides the basic building blocks to get yourself out of that awkward situation.  Often refereed to in Norwegian as “Når alt går galt” (When everything goes crazy).

The course is run over a long weekends. At the end of the course you will receive a diploma.

Price per person: 2500 nok (*accommodation)

If you want more advice or to start planning, please contact us.

Bespoke climbing courses

If you want a specific approach or the course tailer made to you needs then contact us to find out more information.

In the moment

In the future all our courses will be run “In the moment”, but for now we run courses for those who wish to be awake. All the courses, tours or guided tours can be run “in the moment”, for this we mean, we try our best to stay in the “now” and not dither in the past or worry about the future.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just go on one walk in the mountains and just be present to yourself. Fully. Without labels, without identifying yourself with past unhelpful traits.