Alpine Skills on Georgia'a Mount Kazbek with Secret Compass and Phil de Beger


Georgia: a 5000m+ summit

Written by Jocelyn Broad Photography by @Secret_compass

Learn Alpine Skills in the Georgian Caucasus

Georgia’s Caucasus mountains await the arrival of intrepid travellers this year and are the perfect place to learn Alpine skills in an expeditionary setting.

The Adventure Academy

The Secret Compass Adventure Academy’s raison d’etre is to get more people out into extraordinary locations, to learn new adventure skills in incredible locations. Georgia’s Caucasus mountains, including Mount Kazbek – the region’s second highest volcanic peak after Mount Elbrus – are an ideal training ground. This expedition, led by renowned mountaineer and expert leader Phil de Beger, will introduce or finesse your knowledge of Alpine skills such as the use of crampons and ice axes and of route, group safety and avalanche awareness.

Georgia, climbing up to the churches on route Mt Kazbek

Georgian Culture

Georgia’s culture combines Turkish, Persian and Russian influences. Its cultural heritage includes intricate churches, chapels and fortresses which dot the lower slopes of the Caucasus.

Snow line on Mt Kazbek

Alpine ascent

The terrain approaching the higher reaches of Mount Kazbek is the ideal outdoor classroom in which to learn about safe glacial travel and crevasse rescue. Navigation and route selection skills will also be introduced and practised.

Religious buildings, Georgia
The top of Mt. Kazbek

Alpine academics

The pace of this Adventure Academy expedition will be relatively slow, with real-life scenarios to deal with en route to the summit of Mount Kazbek. Rather than just being led by a guide, this means that you’ll come away not just with potentially your first 5000m+ peak under your belt (conditions permitting of course) but with new skills and the confidence to perhaps think about planning your own above-the-snow-line adventures in the future.

If keen to join an expedition with Secret Compass, discover all of our expeditions from the ‘Epics’ to the ‘Cultural Immersion’ and the ‘Adventure Academy’ endeavours below. If keen on Georgia this year, read more and get in touch with your questions or get a no-obligation Application Form in today! Happy learning, adventurers…

The Journal

Terms and Conditions
  1. One entry per person.
  2. Closing date for entries is 12:00 AUG 3.
  3. Entrants must be at least 18 years old.
  4. The prize includes: two weekend tickets to attend The Adventure Travel Film Festival in North London The prize does not include: meals, paying workshops, camping equipment or travel expenses.
  5. Getting to the venue in London is the responsibility of the winner.
  6. The prize is only available from 11th – 13th August 2017.
  7. The prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.
  8. The prize cannot be sold or used by anyone other than the winner.
  9. The prize winner can choose who they will give the second ticket to and all of the terms and conditions here apply to that person.
  10. The promoter reserves the right to provide an alternative prize of similar value should the specified prize become unavailable for any reason.
  11. Neither the Promoter nor any other person or party associated with this promotion shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss or damage) or personal injury or death suffered or sustained in connection with either participation in this promotion or with any prizes offered.
  12. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this prize and without notice in the unlikely event of a major catastrophe, war, earthquake or any anticipated or alleged breach of any applicable law or regulation or any similar event or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  13. The winner will be selected randomly by Secret Compass on 04 AUG 2017.
  14. Attempts will be made to notify the winner using the email address provided at the time of entry. If the promoter, having used reasonable efforts, is unable to contact the winner, then the prize is forfeited and further draw(s) may be conducted.
  15. The winner may be required to take part in reasonable publicity as specified by the Promoter.
  16. The Promoter cannot be held liable for IT system failures or delays or loss of entries.
  17. The organiser reserves the right to cancel this competition, or to change any condition of this competition, without notice.
  18. Acceptance of these terms and conditions is a condition of entry.
  19. No purchase necessary.