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INITIATION WEEKEND LED BY DIXIE DANSERCOER

IN VILLERS ST. GERTRUDE, BELGIUM

SUNDAY

 

7.00 - 8.00 a.m.

Morning jog in group for the enthusiasts

Morning walk for individuals

 

8.00 - 9.00 a.m.

Breakfast

 

9.00 - 10.30 a.m.

Morning session (Part 1)

  • Techniques for progression

  • Hands-on practice and use of equipment

 

10.30 - 10.45 a.m.

Coffee break

 

10.45 a.m. - 12.15 p.m.

Morning session (Part 2)

  • Techniques for functioning and winter camping.

  • Hands-on practice and use of equipment.

 

12.15 p.m.

Checking out of rooms, collection of lunch packets.

 

12.30 - 4.00 p.m.

Lunch and optional exploratory hike with practical expedition tips.

 

4.30 p.m.

End of programme

SATURDAY

 

9.00 - 10.00 a.m.

Check in, equipment to rooms, a welcoming coffee and croissant.

 

10.15 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Morning session

  • What are the Poles? Geography, politics and importance.

  • The Arctic vs. Antarctica: The most important differences.

  • History of the most important polar discoveries.

  • Transport possibilities, organisations and logistic support.

  • Modern-day expeditions (inc. Polar Circles 2005-2017)

  • What are freezing temperatures? Why go into the cold?

  • How do you protect yourself against the cold?

  • Problems and dangers

 

12.30 - 1.30 p.m.

Lunch

 

1.30 - 3.00p.m.Afternoon session (Part 1)

  • What is an expedition and how do you prepare for it?

  • The budgetary perspective

  • Physical preparation

  • Mental preparation

  • Logistical preparation

  • Nutrition

 

3.00 - 3.15 p.m.

Coffee break

 

3.15 - 6.00 p.m.

Afternoon session (Part 2)

  • Clothing from A to Z

  • Equipment from A to Z

6.00 - 8.00 p.m.

Aperitif and evening meal

 

8.00 - 10.00p.m.

Film about polar expeditions

 

10.00 - 11.00p.m.

Nightcap in the cosy on-site tavern 

 

Included

  • Overnight accommodation in a 2-person room with private bathroom.

  • Full pension from lunch day 1 up to and including lunch day 2.

  • Course and lecture by Dixie Dansercoer.

  • Dixie Dansercoer’s book Polar Exploration.

  • Membership card for CBTJ, valid for 1 year in all Gîtes d’Etapes in Wallonia.

  • VAT

  • Contribution to guarantees.

 

Not included

  • Transport to/from Villers-Sainte-Gertrude.

  • Travel insurance

 

Number of participants

A maximum of 20 per weekend

 

Dates

29-30 September 2018

27-28 October 2018

* Asteria Expeditions will host an initiation weekend in Nieuwpoort, Belgium

   on 17-18 November 2018.