This course is for beginner mountaineers wanting to learn the
skills for safe travel in the alpine environment
About our introductory/beginners Mountaineering courses
A 6 day climbing instruction course is perfect for those wanting
to do low key alpine adventures, snow covered alpine pass crossings
or simply to experience the mountains and learn a few of the basic
skills to get around in the alpine world.
It takes place in an alpine setting, experiencing glorious moments
in the Southern Alps and mountain vista sunsets. Beginner mountaineering
courses will typically fly into a location like:
- Alymer hut or Chancellor hut on the West Coast with training
peaks like Chancellor Dome, Mt Drummond and St Mildred easily
- Helicopter into Barron Saddle hut at the head of the Mueller
glacier and walk out via the spectacular "high route"
past Mt Sealy.
- Another option is to helicopter up to Bevan Col near Mount Aspiring
and use the glaciated terrain of that area to prepare for climbing
peaks like Rolling Pin, Jofree and Mt French.
The decision where to go is usually dictated by the prevailing
weather and forecast, the group's experience and aspirations and
conditions at the time of snow cover and glacier access.
Beginners Mountaineering Course Objectives
- how to use an ice axe and crampons
- what to do with rope and harness
- get familiar with weather forecasting
- basic knots for climbing
- belays in snow, ice and on rock
- avalanche awareness
- basic crevasse rescue
- cook and look after yourselves in a mountain hut
- equipment selection
|Length of trip:
||November - April
||Alpine glacial setting eg Fox or Franz neve, Barron
Saddle. This will depend on weather and conditions at the time
of the course.
||Drive to Fox glacier or Mt Cook village, fly to
hut. Fly/walk out of venue. Return drive to Wanaka.
||Guiding fee, hut fees, local accommodation, GST
of 15%, party technical equipment e.g. rope, stove, fuel, ground
|Price doesn't include:
||Personal clothing and equipment, flights in and
out of mountains, personal rental equipment. More
Bookings taken anytime: e-mail
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Our Instruction Clients say
"Had a brilliant 6 days at top of Fox and F.
Joseph Glaciers being taught mountaineering skills, climbing out
of a crevasse the highlight!! Very professional, experienced guiding
and teaching from Gary and awesome meals from both Gary in the huts
and Iris back in Wanaka. Thank you very much, it has been a fantastic
course. Will definitely recommend and lovely Ziggy an added bonus".
Ruth Littlejohn, UK
Had an excellent time and one of the best instructed
courses I've ever been on. Gary is a mountaineering expert. PS:
Iris is a great cook."
Shaun Hazell, Australia
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To become an internationally fully qualified mountain guide takes
approximately five years of training and assessment. Kiwi guides
are trained and assessed through the New Zealand Mountain Guides
Association (NZMGA) which is overseen by the International Federation
of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA).