Snow Caving - Year 12 Outdoor Education

By Mr Hayden Titchener | Posted: Thursday September 8, 2016

Does digging a mound of snow then excavating more snow through a small opening to create a space big enough to sleep in sound inviting? That's what the Year 12 Outdoor Education class did a few weekends ago. 

Mt Dobson ski field was a perfect location for the two day trip. Working with Ara Polytechnic students from Timaru, the students experienced walking in snow, cutting steps and self arresting with an ice axe.

For some of the students it wasn't the most comfortable nights sleep but an unforgettable experience. I thought the students did exceptionally well over their time in the hills. They may also have a new appreciation of the comforts of home!