'Challenge 48'
What is 'Challenge 48'?

'Challenge 48' is a weekend spent learning new skills and challenging yourself to survive in a winter environment, somewhat colder than your typical day out in the UK.

During this period you will learn all the skills associated with safe movement and shelter in the Alpine Winter. Learn to use snowshoe's, navigate safely in an environment avoiding avalanche terrain.
Learn how to use crampons to cross shallow ice covered slopes and the techniques of ice axe arrest.
Dig a snowhole and spend the night in it (temperatures go down to -25 at night). Or perhaps you'd prefer a 'Snow Pit' (slightly warmer as they are usually dug in a forest and you have a nice cozey log fire - if you've put the effort in and got it dug in time!). Learn to use your avalanche transceiver to pin point avalanche buried 'victims'. On Sunday you'll put all the skills into practice to rescue avalanche 'victims'.

Finally, on Sunday night, relax in a 4 star hotel with Jacuzzi and sauna before sitting down to dinner.

Where does it take place?

In the Northern Dolomite region of Italy, at the Eastern end of the Val Pusteria near the Italian/Austrian border

When can I go?

Friday 24th - Monday 27th February, 2017


Friday 3rd - Monday 6th March 2017

What's included?

Private transfer from Verona Airport to start point
Snowshoes & poles and personal safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, snow probe and shovel)
Guiding and instruction from an International Mountain Leader, with local knowledge.
Half Board accommodation in a mountain refuge on Friday night*
Half Board hotel accommodation** (4 star) on Sunday night
Private transfer from Hotel to Verona Airport on Monday

*HB Hut accommodation on Saturday night on the 'luxuary' weekend!

Not Included

Getting to Verona Airport from anywhere on the planet

*Mountain refuge accommodation is Dormitory style (Bunk Beds).
**Hotel Accommodation is twin shared. Single suppliment apply's

Friday evening's accommodation. After being dropped off and donning snowshoe's and gear we spend a couple of hours on the walk in, practicing some navigation on route
Preparing Saturday evening's accommodation for those on the overnight stay in a snowhole. This filmclip was from a previous trip to the Majella range in Abruzzo, Central Apeninnes, Italy. 


£709.00 per person*

*Based on a minimum of 6 people (maximum group size per guide, 8 persons)

Transfer by private mini bus from Verona airport at start and end of trip
Price includes the following equipment: snowshoes and poles, gaiters, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, rucksack, Down sleeping bag, roll mat, stove and pan set, mug and spork. 
Half board accommodation in a hut on friday night (and saturday night if on the easier weekend)
4 star hotel accommodation on Sunday night. 

You will need to bring walking boots (suitable to take a 'walking' Crampon, B1 or B2 rated), winter socks x 2, thermal top and bottoms x 2, winter walking trousers, fleece, down jacket, hat and balaclava, 2 pairs of winter gloves, sun glasses, lip balm, snow goggles, sun cream (minimum factor 30), waterproof trousers and jacket, lighter or matches, water bottle and flask, ice axe* crampons*, sleeping bag*, roll mat*, bivvy bag*.

*These items can be supplied on hire if you do not own them and only wish to use once only.

For further information or to make a booking call
0044 7955 280053

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The Kreutzbergpass Hotel, accommodation on the final evening.
After all the hard work you can use the full facilities the hotel has to offer before we sit down to dinner

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