ANAHEIM, California – Australian mountain climbers are being given a new challenge after being given new gear to train on.
The Australian Alpine Club has announced the first batch of new gear for the 2017 season, which includes new helmets and boots.
Australia has had its own avalanche training program for years, with the Alpine Rescue Helicopter (ARS) training on a number of peaks in the state, including Mount Sinabung in the Northern Territory.
Australian Alpine Club executive director Mike Cusack said the new training gear would be used on all the peaks they climb.
“It will be a much greater level of difficulty for us to climb the mountains, but we want to be able to do it on a much more reasonable level, and the training we’re doing now on Mount Sinabeung, the big peak in the northern part of the state that we have in a little bit of an avalanche park,” Cusak said.
Ars contacted ARS about the new gear, but has not heard back.