Climbing instruction courses for beginner mountaineers wanting
to learn the skills for safe travel in the alpine environment
About our introductory/ beginners Mountaineering courses
This 6 day course is perfect for those wanting to do low key alpine
adventures, snow covered alpine pass crossings or simply wanting
to experience the mountains and learn a few of the basic skills
to get around in the alpine world.
This beginners technical mountaineering course takes place in an
alpine setting, experiencing glorious moments in the alps and mountain
Beginner mountaineering courses will typically fly into a location
Alymer hut or Chancellor hut on the West Coast with training peaks
like Chancellor Dome, Mt Drummond and St Mildred easily accessible
or Helicopter into Barron Saddle hut at the head of the Mueller
glacier and walk out via the spectacular "high route"
past Mt Sealy.
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.
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.
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
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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, March 2009
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, March 2009
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To become an internationally fully qualified alpine 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).