Winter Technique Course was part of our Alpine School and we had it today. We hiked from Grahovše to the entrance of the Mladinska climbing route in Storžič.
On the way we performed a snow stability test with two different methods, Compression test and Shovel Shear Test. The second one was quite useless in our example, since we had a lot of fresh snow without a decent basis, on the other hand, CT test was OK and it showed first changes after 12 spanks.
We continued with the course with mounting and walking with crampons, movement with an Ice axe and soon we prepared a toboggan, for simulating a fall, where we had to use our Ice axes to stop ourselves.
The course continued with setting up a belay in the snow and we found out, that although the snow was very dry, the belay was very secure, so we could continue with techniques of belaying, dynamically through the hips and static over the shoulders. Later on, the head of our School Miha, demonstrated a descent on two axes and a snow bollard.
The course was completed in Dom pod Storžičem mountain hut.
|On our way up|
|Short stop by the monument dedicated to victims of Storžič mountain and mountaineers from Tržič area, that died in local or foreign mountains.|
|Advantages and disadvantages of skis - it's easier, but you go first|
|Short break for a view|
|Johnny took over|
|Time for a panorama|
Snow stability test. We from Tržič just smell it and we know.
|At the "Base camp": Miha, Klara, Slavc, Johhny, Tomaž - Ciril, Matic, Tuši and Metod|
Stopping with an Ice Axe
Belaying techniques in snow
Abseiling in snow (2 ice axes or snow bollard)
|Head of our school Miha and Head of Alpine department in Tržič Slavc|
A little bit of hiking was needed to reach our "Base camp".
In the evening our local Sport society ŠD Podljubelj organized a competition in Ten-pin bowling. More than 30 players attended and we spent a nice evening together.
Winners: Women: 1st Neža, 2nd Anita, 3rd Helena, Men: 1st Metod, 2nd Miha, 3rd Tomaž