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.
Sam Ruddenklau, New Zealand
Each course can be customised to your requirements. Here are a few popular ideas:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Yello Taxi Service
KT Sightseeing Taxi Service
Christchurch - Wanaka
We offer a number of different options for you to make payment for your trip:-Web-based Foreign Exchange DealersBank Transfer - NZ Domestic & InternationalCredit Card - Visa, Mastercard only (2% fees apply)