private mountaineering coursesPrivate Mountaineering Instruction Courses

Gary Dickson is your specialist in providing top quality private mountaineering instruction courses at all levels in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

About our Private Mountaineering Course/ Alpine Climbing Instruction Program

It is our specialty to personalize and tailor make a course to suit your previous experience as well as current wishes and requirements, either for yourself or for your group. Commonly we use the Intro or Total Alpinism course structures as a platform to customize from, however on a private mountaineering instruction course, the flexibility is there to combine teaching and guided ascent(s).

In this private tuition forum you can efficiently and quickly learn/improve your knowledge about the latest mountaineering, alpine rock and ice climbing techniques. Build your skills with one of our leading edge mountain guide instructors.

The where and how of our private mountaineering instruction courses

Typical venues are:

  • Franz Josef/Fox glacier nevés in Westland National Park
  • Murcheson and Tasman Glacier areas in Mt Cook National Park

We also use Plateau hut in the Mt Cook-Aoraki region, Bonar glacier area and Mt Brewster (Haast Pass) in Mt Aspiring National Park and the Remarkables near Queenstown.

A private mountaineering instruction course is ideal to hone your technical skills to attempt the huge array of peaks of New Zealand's Southern Alps and/or the greater ranges of the world; check out our Swiss mountaineering course. It can be geared towards snow and ice or alpine rock climbing or a combination of all: this is the beauty of a customized private mountaineering course.

From introductory to advanced, if you specifically know what you want - or even if you don't - get in touch and we'll do our very best to build the perfect mountaineering course for your needs.

Logistics for private alpine climbing instruction

All trips fly in and fly out

*Price for 6 days: 1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people
$5175 $3375 pp $2900 pp $2375 pp
*Price for 7 days: 1 person 2 people 3 people 4 people
$6025 $3925 $3390 pp $2775
Price Includes: Guide fee for 6/7 days, hut fees, accommodation and vehicle transport during trip days, high quality food, party technical equipment e.g. rope, snow pickets, ice screws
Price doesn't include: Personal clothing and equipment, flights in and out of mountains, personal rental equipment. The flight cost varies according to aircraft used and loadings of the day. More about flights and please ask us for details

*note:prices are in NZ$ and include GST (our goods & services tax of 15%)

Contact us anytime: e-mail us please

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Mountain Guide Available

Instruction courses in New Zealand's Southern Alps with expert mountain guide Gaz in person.

Mountaineering instruction courses again from Nov. 2021 onwards

Private mountaineering instruction, tailor made to your aspirations

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All instruction courses in NZ with

Gary Dickson, IFMGA/NZMGA mountain guide, are now in collaboration with

Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd.

Bookings will go through their office and will be subject to their booking conditions. Trips with Gary will be run as per AGL's concession and safety management system requirements.

Pre-trip information and discussions are available from us anytime.



Private Instruction Course Clients say

'We both had a fantastic trip, thank you so much for your time and for making us feel welcome.
As Stuart has said, we had 2 fantastic climbs on the Grand Traverse at the Remarkables, and Mt Brewster. Andy's training was invaluable as we pitched up the perilous, steep summit of Brewster (except for crevasse rescue techniques, which thankfully we didn't need to use!). It was an inspirational experience that I'll never forget- and will seek to revive when we return for Aspiring!!!' Richard Smith & Stuart Keynes, Australia

'Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and friendship. In spite of unfavorable weather I have had many unforgettable adventures under your expert guidance. I look forward to climbing with you again in the future.' Doug Ball, New Plymouth, NZ

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Guiding Qualifications

To become an internationally fully qualified mountain guide takes approximately 5 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).



Alpinism & Ski Ltd, Wanaka, New Zealand :: Ph 027 229 5534 :: e-mail: info@alpinismski.co.nz