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Advanced Snow School 2015

Updated: Nov 14, 2021


Date: 29/06/15 to 04/07/15
Location: Tongariro National Park
Instructors: Stephen Waite, Helen Liley, Petrouchka Steiner-Grierson, and Owen Lee (Sort of).
Students: Nick Pett, Sam Richardson, Jamie Corkill, Sophie Jenkins, Matthew Battley.
Author: Matthew Battley

Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

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And on that farm he had a cow

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With a moo moo here

And an Ice-axe there

Here a moo, there an axe

Everywhere some heavy packs

Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

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Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

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And on that farm he had a crevasse

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With a ‘biner here

And a ‘biner there

Here a rope, there and anchor

Rescue people from the cracks

Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

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Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

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And on that farm he had an avalanche

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With whoomping here

And a terrain trap there

Here new snow, there a weak layer

Better not walk just here chaps

Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

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Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

Lots-And-Lots-Of-Snow

And on that farm he had a Summit Plateau

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With a tent-site here

And a poo pot there

Here a summit, there some ice

Time for a dawn multi-pitch

Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

Lots-And-Lots-Of-Snow


Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

Lots-And-Lots-Of-Snow

And on that farm he had an ice-climb

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Set up an anchor here

Abseil down there

Here some rock, there some ice

Tech tools take me up the face

With a tent-site here

And a poo pot there

Here a summit, there some ice

Time for a dawn multi-pitch

With whoomping here

And a terrain trap there

Here new snow, there a weak layer

Better not walk just here chaps

With a ‘biner here

And a ‘biner there

Here a rope, there and anchor

Rescue people from the cracks

With a moo moo here

And an Ice-axe there

Here a moo, there an axe

Everywhere some heavy packs


Old Mac-Stephen had a farm

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*Dramatic Flourish*