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1 to 3 day Sharpen-up courses are for people who may have done mountaineering courses before and want to revise or develop understanding of key skills before heading out on their own mountain adventures.

Short beginner courses are also available for those without prior mountaineering experience who are preparing for a guided ascent of significant peaks like Mt Aspiring.

This is the chance to pick the brains of our experienced mountain guides. All courses are based out of our Wanaka office and utilise local venues so cost is kept to a minimum.

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1-3 Days


Each course can be customised to your requirements. Get in touch for a customised itinerary for 1-3 days.

Each course can be customised to your requirements. Here are a few popular ideas:

Mt Aspiring Training Weekend (1:2, 2 days, POA)

For anyone preparing for a self-led or guided ascent of Mt Aspiring via the NW Ridge from late December to April or other similar alpine objectives. This classic ascent is long, with sustained moderate scrambling and some short steep & tricky sections. This training weekend develops technical and alpine movement skills in the stunning Remarkables mountains near Queenstown. This is complemented by rock climbing & training on local Wanaka crags if the weather is not conducive to heading up into the mountains. Two days focused on technical training will complement the fitness and endurance training you are able to do on a regular basis from home.

Glacier travel and rescue - all year (during winter using ski field for snow practice)

For summer mountaineering and winter ski or snowboard touring on the high glaciers. Revise your knots and tie-in methods and choose the most appropriate technique in a variety of scenarios. Practice crevasse and self-rescue scenarios and learn problem-solving tips and tricks. Discuss mountain trip planning and preparation.

Multi-pitch and Rock Rescue

Transition from single to multi-pitch rock or practice trad climbing skills. Learn techniques for problem-avoidance and problem-solving on single and multi-pitch rock climbs, including emergency rescue of injured parties.

Trip Planning & Navigation

Techniques for researching and planning suitable objectives. Deciding route-finding and equipment considerations. Navigational tools and strategies including map and compass work and use of GPS.


Trip Date Available
Available anytime subject to guide availability and conditions - enquire directly.


Client Ratio Price
1 day course
1:1-4 POA
3 day course
1:1-4 POA

What's included

  • NZMGA/ IFMGA or NZOIA qualified guide/instructor
  • permit fees
  • lunch each day
  • climbing equipment (except for rock shoe rental)

What's not included

  • accommodation (wide range avail from NZ$30 per night)
  • breakfast and dinner

Frequently asked questions

The closest airport to us is in Queenstown. There are regular shuttles between Wanaka and Queenstown airport (one hour drive). For shuttle and taxi information:

Queenstown -Wanaka
Ritchies Connectabus

Yello Taxi Service

KT Sightseeing Taxi Service

Christchurch - Wanaka
InterCity Coachlines

We offer a number of different options for you to make payment for your trip:-

Web-based Foreign Exchange Dealers

Bank Transfer - NZ Domestic & International

Credit Card - Visa, MasterCard only (3% fees apply)

Click here for a full list of payment options and details.

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