INITIATION WEEKEND LED BY DIXIE DANSERCOER
IN VILLERS ST. GERTRUDE, BELGIUM
7.00 - 8.00 a.m.
Morning jog in group for the enthusiasts
Morning walk for individuals
8.00 - 9.00 a.m.
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.
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.
Checking out of rooms, collection of lunch packets.
12.30 - 4.00 p.m.
Lunch and optional exploratory hike with practical expedition tips.
End of programme
9.00 - 10.00 a.m.
Check in, equipment to rooms, a welcoming coffee and croissant.
10.15 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
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.
1.30 - 3.00p.m.Afternoon session (Part 1)
What is an expedition and how do you prepare for it?
The budgetary perspective
3.00 - 3.15 p.m.
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
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.
Contribution to guarantees.
Transport to/from Villers-Sainte-Gertrude.
Number of participants
A maximum of 20 per weekend
29-30 September 2018
27-28 October 2018
* Asteria Expeditions will host an initiation weekend in Nieuwpoort, Belgium
on 17-18 November 2018.