Hard ice 1
The Jökla 1 course is designed to take experienced outdoor guides and backcountry travelers and make them competent on glacial terrain to the point where they can work as an apprentice glacier guide. Course candidates come from many backgrounds; rock climbing instructors, rescue team members, or members of hiking or mountaineering clubs. However, if you have no experience climbing or traveling in the backcountry, this course is probably not for you. There are many ways you can build up experience before joining a Jökla 1 course, and your instructor or the AIMG can point you in the right direction.
What to expect
The course is covered over four days and is designed to be intensive. Jökla 1 emphasizes risk management and group control, as these are the fundamentals of guiding on any terrain. Higher level glacier courses will introduce more hard skills but the fundamentals you will learn here are the foundation on which safe guiding practice is built. In addition to risk management and group control, at the end of the course students are expected to display a solid working knowledge of basic rope systems and crevasse rescue. Guides are also expected to display professionalism throughout the course. Jökla 1 IS a pass/fail course, but perfection is not emphasized at this level. More importantly, instructors are looking for a learning attitude and an openness towards feedback. A huge part of our guiding courses is exposing our weaknesses and working on them honestly, so arrogance of any kind is highly discouraged.
Students will be evaluated throughout the duration of the course in alignment with the course curriculum set by the Association of Icelandic Mountain Guides. This is a pass or fail course where timely, tailored and constructive feedback will be given during and at the end of each course.
- Basic mountaineering and rope skills
- Basic crampon techniques and movement skills on hard ice
- Basic understanding of anchors in the context of hard ice
- Basic understanding of a crevasse rescue
Or alternatively come on our 2 day prerequisite course which does not guarantee a pass bit will significantly increase the likelihood of a pass.