essential Alpine skills
essential Alpine skills course

Scheduled Course: 13-15 July 2019


The Essential Alpine Skills course is designed to teach participants the necessary skills to enjoy our Alpine regions responsibly and safely.

The courses are generally conducted over 3 days (two nights) starting from either Thredbo or Guthega resorts (depending on conditions). If starting from Thredbo, we take the chairlift to the top of Crackenback and commence our adventure from there. There is free overnight parking at both resorts.

The course can be conducted over 2 days if necessary but please contact Andrew to discuss that.

Courses start at 8am on the first day at the nominated meeting place, where personal equipment is checked and group equipment distributed. We return to the carpark around 4 - 4.30pm on the final day.

Weather permitting, the course includes an ascent of Mt Kosciuszko.

Topics covered

The course includes elements of the following topics:

  • Clothing and Equipment selection
  • Cross country skiing or snow shoeing
  • Snow Shelters – site selection, tent erection and protection
  • Emergency shelters
  • Snow Camping and cooking
  • Snow craft
  • Route selection
  • Navigation
  • Weather assessment
  • Avalanche awareness
  • Group management
  • Hypothermia prevention and prevention/treatment of other alpine/outdoor health issues
  • Leave no trace skills and ethics

Accommodation & Meals

Accommodation is in tents, camping on the snow. Snow tents are available for hire. Participants will need insulated sleeping mattresses and sleeping bags rated to at least -10 celsius.

Participants provide their own food but will be advised of the type of food to bring.

Lightweight camping stoves and pots can be provided for those who need them.


While you do not need to be an elite athlete to take part, the course is physical and you will have to carry a backpack of around 15kg. There is no age restriction but K7 Adventures reserves the right to decline participation to anyone who we feel may be at undue risk due to health or fitness issues. If you have any concerns about your ability to undertake the course please contact Andrew Lock Adventures and/or your doctor.


Guiding fees are $900 per person for the 3 day course for a minimum of 4 people. If there are less than 4 people Andrew Lock Adventures will contact you to discuss alternatives. If the course is cancelled by Andrew Lock Adventures, all deposits will be fully refunded.


  • Highly experienced mountain guide
  • Full Liability Insurance
  • NPWS guide fees & charges (this doesn’t include the National Park’s Visitor/Car entry fee)
  • Kosciuszko express chairlift return ticket (if needed)
  • Communications, first aid kit, water purification tablets, navigation equipment
  • Snow shoes, adjustable ski poles and snow shovels
  • Disposable biodegradable toilet waste bags

Not included

- Travel to and from Thredbo

- Accommodation and meals

- Hire costs of required clothing and/or equipment

- Any other costs not listed under Inclusions

Clothing and Equipment

You must bring the clothing and equipment listed. Note that correct boots are essential for this course. Please see the notes in the list and contact us to discuss if you have any questions. You can download the required Clothing and Equipment list at the bottom of this page. Please advise us of the make and model of boots that you will use so we can ensure we supply the correct fitting crampons.

Technical climbing equipment is available for hire through Andrew Lock Adventures. Please download the Equipment Rental form, tick what you need to hire and return to Andrew Lock Adventures at .

Your Guide

Andrew Lock is Australia’s most accomplished high altitude mountaineer. He is the only Australian (in fact the only person in the British Commonwealth) to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8000 meter ‘death zone’ mountains, including Mt Everest, twice. He was the first Australian to lead a commercial expedition to Everest’s summit and has been leading treks, mountain climbs, scientific, research and adventure expeditions for more than 25 years from the Arctic to Antarctica and the Himalaya to the Australian outback. He was expedition leader and field training officer on three Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions and has been teaching Alpine and mountain skills for 20 years. Andrew first experienced the alpine environment as a teenager right here in the Australian Snowy Alps and returns every year to pursue his love of back country skiing, climbing and alpine camping.

National Parks Permits and Insurance

The course is run in conjunction with K7 Adventures which has the required National Parks and Wildlife Service permits and libaility insurances. However these do not cover you for accident or injury and you should have your own travel/medical insurance.

Booking a place

To reserve a spot on this course, you must complete both the booking form and liability waiver and return them to Andrew Lock Adventures.

A 50% deposit of the course fee is required to confirm your place. The deposit is required not less than 4 weeks prior to the course.

Please email us at should you have any questions.

Download the list of required Clothing and Equipment here.