They are all based out of our Wanaka office and utilise local venues, so cost is kept to a minimum.
For those looking to try out mountaineering for the first time before signing up for a longer mountaineering course or preparing for a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring.
Sharpen-Up Course (Advanced)
For those who may have done mountaineering courses before and want to review or develop key skills in preparation for a summer of local alpine missions such as Mt Aspiring. Dedicate time fine-tuning systems and fast-tracking your mountain experience. Also for those preparing for more technical guided ascents.
Day 1: Head to local Wanaka crags and cover fundamental rock climbing skills and ropework for mountaineering, including belaying, pitching and abseiling.
Days 2 and 3: Head to the Remarkables. If the conditions allow, camp or bivi near Lake Alta. Two days introducing mountaineering skills including cramponing and use of ice axe, scrambling and pitched climbing. Attempt the summit of Single Cone with breathtaking views down over Queenstown and the Wakatipu Basin. Further topics that will be introduced include trip planning, equipment selection, camp management and navigation.
Day 1: Head to local Wanaka crags and refresh rock and ropes skills, including multi-pitch techniques for ascent and descent, rock protection and anchors, roping up for glacier travel and crevasse rescue and other vertical rescue techniques.
Days 2 and 3: Head to the Remarkables. If the conditions allow camp or bivi near Lake Alta. Two days continuing to develop techniques for moving safely and efficiently on rock and mixed alpine terrain, including pitching strategies, ridge travel and moving together and simul-climbing on the wide variety of terrain available in the Remarkables. Further topics include trip planning, equipment selection, ascent strategies, camp management and navigation.
Most of our mountaineering ascents are conducted on a 1:1 basis, so no problem there.
For all other group climbing, skiing or trekking trips, we have a 2 person minimum number to operate a trip. If you are travelling on your own, try to organise your itinerary to match up with the dates scheduled for the course or trip listed on our website.
If you can't join a trip on our scheduled dates: then you have two options:
Book a private 1:1 trip for any dates you wish or we can book you as a single and we will try to match others to your dates. If we cannot find at least one other person for the dates you want, one month before the start date we will give you a full refund or offer you an alternative trip 1:1 for a fewer number of days.