Technical Mountaineering Course

Overview

Going for the Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC) is like attending an orientation to the world of mountaineering; getting used to the various equipment and basic technical skills.

We recruit our new members at the start of each Academic Year and they eventually form the MIR batch for the year. There are 3 teams, Winter, Summer and a final Kazakhstan Team. If you wish to join any of these trips, drop us a message on Facebook, or email us at nusmountaineering@gmail.com. Or you could drop by one of our trainings, our training schedule can be found HERE.

The Teams

Nepal

We usually do our TMC in Langtang Valley, which is near the border of Nepal – Tibet.

Trekking Phase: 8 Days up (inclusive of acclimatization); 4 Days Down.

Base Camp phase: 7 days (inclusive of Summit Push).

Course Contents:

  • Navigation (Reading of Contour lines, scale, Bearing & Orientation).
  • Ascend (Jumar), Descend (Abseil) and Traversing on a fixed line.
  • Knots & Rope work.
  • Familiarization of crampons techniques (flat footing, traversing on different terrain, front point technique).
  • Self-Arrest on different terrain.
  • Usage of Ice Axe/Ice Screw/Snow Picket.
  • Usage of Portable Altitude Chamber (Gamow Bag).
  • Glacier Travel Technique and Crevasse Rescue (C-Pulley & Z-Pulley).
  • Top-Rope Ice-Climbing.
  • Summit of 5800-6000m peak.

(Aug – Dec)
Training for Winter team + a 21 Days trip in Nepal/India, and a summit of 5800-6000m. Cost is about $3000-4000*

(Jan – May)
Training for Summer team + a 21 Day trip in Nepal/India, and a summit of 5800-6000m. Cost is about $3000-4000*

Here is a brief overview of the area. Syabrubesi, Lama Hotel and Kyanjin Gompa are just a few of the guest houses you would be resting in during the trekking phase. Peaks that we have climbed thus far in this region are Yala, Tserko, Scout Peak, and Naya Kanga. All within the 5600-5900m range.

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*inclusive of flights and dependent on the equipment you lack and have to purchase. Additional R&R and some details on the trip are flexible.

Kazakhstan

(June – August)
Training for Kazakhstan Team + a 10/11 day trip to Kazakhstan to summit Mt Ong Teng Cheong (4800m) and Mt Ong Siew May (4500m). This trip is supported by Ong & Ong Foundation & strictly for NUS Students. Cost is about $2000-2500*

In the Kazakhstan TMC, the peaks we will climb are Ong Teng Cheong Peak, and Ong Siew May peak. There will be no trekking phase in this TMC, instead, there will be a direct heli-insertion into base camp.

Guides would be Mr Edwin Siew and Mr Lim Kim Boon depending on availability.

Base Camp phase: 6 Days.

Course Contents:

  • Navigation (Reading of Contour lines, scale, Bearing & Orientation).
  • Ascend (Jumar), Descend (Abseil) and Traversing on a fixed line.
  • Knots & Rope work.
  • Familiarization of crampons techniques (flat footing, traversing on different terrain, front point technique).
  • Self-Arrest on different terrain.
  • Learn how to retrieve Glacier Water and ration food.
  • Usage of Ice Axe/Ice Screw.
  • Top-Rope Ice-Climbing.
  • Summit of OTC & OSM Peak.

Straits Times Article on NUS Mountaineering
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Straits Times Article on OTC Peak

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*inclusive of flights and dependent on the equipment you lack and have to purchase. Additional R&R and some details on the trip are flexible.

Training Requirements

Technical Lessons

Team members are required to come down for training sessions and technical lessons in the semester that they are going for TMC, but are also highly recommended to join in during their off-season. We will have 6/7 Theory lessons that are compulsory for team members and it will be on a Monday/Wednesday at the Utown Rock Wall.

Physical Training

We train on Tuesdays, Thursdays (staircase runs + calisthenics) and Saturdays (Bukit Timah staircase training with loads from 5kg – 18kg). Every week except reading week. Intensity of training increases gradually. Attendance will be taken, requirement for Physical Training is 80% attendance.

Equipment Rental

NUS Mountaineering will provide free rental for the equipment required for the TMC. Doing TMC as an NUS student is definitely the most cost friendly option. With free rentals and lessons from NUS Mountaineering, this is the best it can ever get. All it takes is personal commitment and discipline.

MIR Challenge

Training will culminate in a MIR Challenge that tests everything from the theory learnt as well as physical conditioning. Some benchmarks to be met at the end of training are:

  1. 6 Sets of Stair Climbs at Casa Clementi (40 Storeys) under 1:15:00. 15kg Load for Girls, 18kg Load for Guys.
  2. 5km run under 30 minutes.
  3. 10km run under 1:10:00.
  4. Beep Test > 10.

Participants who fail severely will be barred from equipment rental.

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TMC is a stepping stone for further alpine pursuits, an induction into the community of mountaineers. The TMC, in collaboration with NUS Mountaineering, is a comprehensive package. NUS Mountaineering helps each and every member of the team prepare for the TMC. These included physical training to strengthen our body and increase our stamina, theory lessons on mountaineering equipment and knots, and practical lessons on mountaineering skills such as ascending and abseiling.

The dedicated committee of NUS Mountaineering trains each team, and ensures that each member is competent enough with all the relevant skills and physical competence before going for the grueling TMC.

The TMC itself will be tough. Beyond the technical know-hows and good physical fitness, one needs a strong mind.

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If you would only do it once, the time is now!

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