Alpine Climbing Instruction Program
Course Instruction topics
- trip planning and preparation
- food preparation, cooking
- hut management
- equipment for alpine rock and ice
- alpine rope techniques
- mountain weather
- avalanche information
- glacier travel
- crevasse rescue
- route finding
- snow and ice climbing
- snow, ice and rock anchors
- belay techniques
- map and compass navigation
- step cutting
- abseiling / rappelling
- emergency shelters
- mountain first aid
Mountaineering is a hazardous activity. The Guide’s first
priority is always client safety. He or she is trained to decide
whether climbing routes and instruction can be safely attempted
in the current situation, or if an alternative activity should be
considered for the day.
Weather conditions, potential ice and rock fall, the extent of
crevasses, snow surface conditions, fitness and experience define
the acceptable margins for each day’s instruction or climb.
While your Guide will endeavour to cover all parts of the Alpine Climbing Instruction program, some options may be limited due to prevailing
circumstances during the course.
- Alpine Climbing Instruction cost includes Guide, National Park fees,
food, fuel, hut fees, and NZ GST tax.
- The cost does not include rental equipment, or aircraft access.
- Equipment list sent on receipt of confirmed booking.
- Standard booking conditions apply.
- All Guides are trained and internationally qualified through
the NZMGA and UIAGM.
All alpine climbing instruction courses start 10.00am the first
day, and finish at 5.00pm the last day, at Mt Cook village, unless
Your course payment includes Guide(s) fees, National Park fees,
food, fuel, hut fees, and G.S.T tax, for the course duration. Aircraft
flight costs are not included.
However, we do prefer to maximize high climbing time by flying
in at the first opportunity, either ski plane or helicopter, depending
on availability. We are often able to negotiate a price for you
that's less than the standard charter rate on the day.
We also strongly recommend flying out if the weather and conditions
allow aircraft landings. Flying out is an extra and variable cost,
depending on the aircraft type, location, loading, and flight conditions.