Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the summer programme

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Frequently Asked Questions about the summer program. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us, for example by emailing zp@nsac.alpenclub.nl.

“I can’t attend the kick-off/selection day/preparation weekend. Can I still participate in the course?”

In principle, it is necessary to be present on these days because they are required for us to assess whether everyone meets the entrance requirements. These moments are also important for being well-prepared for the course. In some cases, we may make an exception to this rule. A request for such an exception should always be sent to zp@nsac.alpenclub.nl.

“I have an injury, so I can’t participate in all parts of the Strava uploads/kick-off/selection day/preparation weekend. Can I still participate in the course?”

In principle, it is necessary to have completed all parts. We need to assess whether everyone meets the entrance requirements. However, in some cases, an exception can be made. A request for such an exception should always be sent to zp@nsac.alpenclub.nl.

“I took a C1 course last year. Can I immediately take a C2+ course this year?”

Often, people want to become proficient alpinists as quickly as possible and, therefore, complete all courses as soon as possible. However, you get much more out of your C2+ if you can go on some alpine trips after C1. You can then build on that experience with your C2+ and have a better idea of what you would like to learn further. Because it is not always possible to be taken on a trip by more experienced alpinists or make an easy trip with C1’ers after C1, this is not a selection requirement but a preference. It also depends on what your guide/instructor has advised as a follow-up to your C1.

“What insurances do you recommend for the course?”

Taking out insurance (travel insurance) that also covers rescues in the event of an accident during alpine climbing (such as the NKBV supplementary travel and mountain sports insurance) is mandatory. We also strongly recommend taking out cancellation insurance, for example, that of the NKBV. A sprained ankle or another injury can quickly mean that you cannot attend the course, and you still have to pay if you don’t have insurance.

“When will I know in which week I am scheduled for C1/C2+?”

We aim to have the course schedule finalized within two weeks after the kick-off/selection day.

“I want to be scheduled for a course together with my climbing buddy. Is that possible?”

In principle, no, unless there is a compelling reason to schedule two people together. We want the courses to be an opportunity to meet new people from different SACs.

“I don’t know if my registration was successful. How can I check that?”

You will receive a confirmation email when you have submitted the registration form. If you haven’t received that email, please contact the zp committee. If your down payment was unsuccessful, you will hear from us.

“Can I participate in alpine courses if I have a fear of heights?”

People with a fear of heights have completed courses successfully in the past. However, the degree of this fear varies from person to person. For example, you could try a hut-to-hut hike first, and if that goes well, alpinism should also be manageable. In any case, contact your AI about your worries (if you are selected for a course).

“Can I participate in alpine courses if I have asthma?”

Many people with asthma have successfully completed zp courses in the past. It is important that you can meet the fitness requirements in the Netherlands. If you have met these requirements and still have concerns, contact your AI (when you are scheduled).

“C1 requires that you are still a student or younger than 24. Does a PhD count as studying?”

No, not in the context of C1 eligibility.”