Climb Client Comments

Our clients are our best advertising. Click on the links below to read what others have said about their mountaineering and climbing trips with us.

Top choice on Mt Dixon Tim!

"It was an awesome day.  Tim lead up a gully maybe only 10-15m in length at the start of the climb on Dixon.  That climb up the gully was awesome, something I haven't experienced before! Tim pushed me out of my comfort zone a few times which afterwards was very satisfying. As a punter, It's possible to climb in an amazing part of the world.  You can push yourself (or be pushed) and be really satisfied with the outcome.  

I know the safety of climbers is paramount with Aspiring Guides and Tim displayed all the safety aspects I could have hoped for which is always reassuring.

I also know that the back up support from the guys in the office will ensure a trip will run smoothly. Last minute travel and accommodation changes help to make these trips special. "

James Spaile, Australia

We're coming back for more

"This trip all went so well. Not only finally bagged my peak, but really pleased that we did it in such a good time, and that I still felt so good at the end of it all."

Marcus Bai, NZ

Thanks team!

"Greatest experience we could have wished for, hats off to the guides and the team. You guys are awesome! See you in the future."

Sean McLeod, Australia

More than just ice-climbing

Got heaps more then just the ice-climbing done. Everyone was so nice! Thanks for making my first snow experience kick ass!

 

James Combes, Australia

"This was a life changing experience!"

Having been with Aspiring Guides for 3 other adventures, I was very confident you would be the best company to lead us on our most challenging project to date. Apart from climbing Aspiring, I knew we would be well looked after in terms of food and every possible comfort, based on most recent experience on the Gillespie. Carla and the rest of the Team at Aspiring Guides were great in terms of providing the information / reassurance of our ability / and clear understanding of the challenge ahead. Also very helpful advising us on training before arriving in Wanaka, which proved to be invaluable on the climb, and meant we got up to speed with our guides on the 2 training days we had. The climb was a stretch even though I was very fit, I gave it my all and had an amazing climb.  I leant a new meaning of ‘exposure’. I thought it related to wind and rain, but now see it is more about ‘drop’…. The pre training ensured we were safe, but equally importantly so were the guides. The tranquility of the mountains, so peaceful and surreal when you’re up there. Still hard to believe I achieved my goal! Now I believe I can do anything if I put my mind to it!

 

Graham, New Zealand, Mt Aspiring, March 2017

Comprehensive knowledge for Mt Aspiring...


"I arrived home yesterday.  I come back to reality and will soon start working again for going back to New Zealand.  As I write in the following feedback, it was absolutely right choice for me to choose Aspiring guides.  When I sent some queries for availability of my trip, answers and responses were quick.  Thanks to Alitza's comprehensive knowledge for Mt. Aspiring and skills, I arrived at the summit.  It could be difficult, if I were solo or with colleagues with similar level. Thank your very much for your all the effort for planning, instructing, guiding, and managing of my trip. Awesome!"

Kenji Tsubota, Japan

.. I never felt like I was being 'baby-sat'

Thank you for all your help making the trip such a success, I had a great time with Aritza. Before the trip I received a comprehensive overview of what to expect and preparation advice. I felt comfortable after your careful review of my experience. On the ascent I never felt like I was being 'baby-sat' and had a part to play in the ascent. I felt comfortable and could speak out if not. The walk out was long but a great experience still.  It was a great next step up in terms of technical progression and a long day. Being able to delay a day due to weather and get some rock climbing was also great. Thanks again and I look forward to more climbs in the future.

Charlie, Jan 2017

"...genuine commitment to our enjoying the experience"

"I have never considered using a guide previously, preferring to manage under my own steam. Realised for this objective this was not appropriate. It was a privilege to be guided by Ervin who was gentle with us, rather than domineering, and extremely “steady”.Ervin ensured he took into account our levels of fitness and capabilities effectively and professionally. It was good having my son along and him enjoying the trip, All office staff were extremely helpful, friendly and approachable.  I would recommend Aspiring Guides for their competence, genuine commitment to our enjoying the experience, flexibility, generosity, and employing excellent guides."

Martyn, Australia, 2017

...realising that i was capable of more than I thought.

Mt Aspiring Expedition Course 8-day:  "I was challenged physically, mentally and technically which enabled me to feel satisfied (albeit exhausted!) at the end of the trip due to realising that I was capable of more than I thought.  Aritza’s general professionalism, organisation, efficiency and technical knowledge were faultless and the overall experience of the trip ran well because of this. Not to mention he was a good cook and photographer!"

Kirsty O'Neill, Australia

...giving someone confidence in making the plunge to sign up.

Having someone get back to you quickly with a personalised response is crucial in giving someone confidence in making the plunge to sign up. I was also sent some links to photos etc of the recent trip, which once again helped in getting me excited and to follow through with the trip.

Chris Pogson, Australia

I was very impressed.

The company has the feel of a small scale, intimate, welcoming operation. It treats clients as friends and avoids the aura of imperious, smug, self-inflated egotists that one can sometimes associate with mountain guiding companies. I was very impressed.  Thanks, again for a great experience with a fantastic guide. Ervin was everything you could want in a guide.

Michael, Australia

Darrans Alpine Rock- Mt Sabre

"Not only did I learn/update some skills but I was pushed hard with my fitness on rock and all round physical ability.  Federico was very good at looking out for my safety. I think I would trust my grandma with him (if she were still around). He also has a calm, easy-going manner and I thought him very professional. As far as his performance and ability as a guide, I thought him outstanding. Achieved everything I wanted to do on this trip and more.  Climbing the North buttress of Sabre was definitely the highlight of the trip."

Richard Kimberley

McPherson Talbot Traverse

"It was an absolute privilege to be able to go to the Darran Range - it's an incredibly remote and beautiful area.  It was my first trip in 17 years for climbing and I did more than I ever thought possible. I'm still looking at the photos of McPherson and thinking - holy cow, I was up there!!!   Andrea has a relaxed and easy going manner, so on the second day when  I stopped short of the end of the Gertrude Saddle, I felt very comfortable. He is a lovely person, a great guide and a Michelin star alpine chef. Andrea belayed at any of the tricky sections and spotted me as necessary.  He also gave me some great tips for descending the scree slopes (not something I'd encountered previously). Having Andrea take care of all of the details meant that I could truly relax, which was a real treat. I could not have had a better time and I'm looking forward to the next trip."

Sue, Australia

Mountaineering Skills Course Nov 2016

"I felt seven days was a good time to be in the "classroom" for. Took me a bit out of my comfort zone everyday, which is the only way I think you can improve yourself. A great week away, full of rewarding things to learn and experience.  And I enjoyed the group's companionship, too. Ultimately it all made for an overall great experience. "

Dave Coorey, Australia

The course was invaluable...

"Its awesome!!!! Some things were hard mentally and physically. Looking back now, there's a lot more I need to learn. The course was invaluable and has given me some of the key tools I'll need to achieve some of my big objectives. Xavier was an excellent guide and did an awesome job of changing up our days and showing us new stuff every day.  Thanks so much for the adventure."

Luke Ellis, Australia

" A well structured, well paced course"

"We had the freedom to be on our own rope teams but with the right level of supervision and guidance particularly when doing our practice scenarios eg crevasse rescue - go at our own pace and steps, but Andrea was there and watching and stepped in when we needed it.  I feel like I have a sound understanding, and appreciation to practice everything before heading back out, on what I need to do for basic mountaineering adventures to build my skill set. Were still able to get great learning on bad weather days. Andrea was really personable and worked with us. A very professional, entertaining, and fun course to give us the basics and confidence to mountaineer."

 

Travis, Brisbane, Australia

"A spectacular experience!"

"Andrea is an AMAZING AND REAL MOUNTAINEERING GUIDE from his soul. Certainly he's an inspiration for me and he was really patient when I was not fast enough learning and applying what he was teaching. Every second was perfect since the begining! The course really helps to achieve the mountaineering skills a person needs to climb with the proper knowledge in every aspect involved area. A spectacular experience!" 

Alejandra, February 2017

A real team approach...

"A real team approach from the Aspiring Guides outfit ( and I mean everyone from the office to the guides). Wanaka a lovely base. We really felt we had experienced climbing in New Zealand rather than just another Alpine climb."

Simon Laker, UK

A real team approach...

“Great fun, big tough endurance mountains, a real team approach from the Aspiring Guides outfit (and I mean everyone from the office to the guides). Wanaka a lovely base. We really felt we had experienced climbing in New Zealand rather than just another Alpine climb.”

Simon Laker

Everything was perfect

Grey's Peak was identified as a suitable goal. Tai kept a tight rein on us initially, and as he saw our level of skill, he released his grip. I never felt too restricted or completely out of my depth. I really appreciated his experience in this regard.  His level of knowledge was amazing, he quickly assessed where we were at, and was flexible in setting goals for each day. I felt in very safe hands, and appreciated his efficiency in getting us out of the hut each morning.  We traversed glaciated terrain, climbed a peak, did some skills work and the weather was mostly kind to us. Loved the helicopter in and out, and enjoyed the drive to the west coast. The whole package came together very nicely. Just being up in the mountains on the glacier was incredible. The landscape blew me away.
 

Daniel, Australia, April 2017

.. a magical experience

Thanks so much.  I had a wonderful trip.  Plateau Hut was a magical experience.  I really enjoyed being in the environment and the community.  From my perspective, Tim did an amazing job of juggling multiple agendas to deliver an unforgettable adventure.  

Nancie

Aritza and his team were amazing...

I thought Aritza and his team were amazing. They all worked hard for us and each other to make the trip a success.  I have been on a lot of trips to mountains where camp food is prepared for me. I found on this trip the food was exceptional. Really good food was served up in sometimes quite difficult circumstances and conditions.It was a credit to the cook  Achilles. I thought the logistics of the trip were really good. Transport was there when we arrived at various locations from the mountains. Aritza had a very good support team of porters who worked well together and were happy in their work. This came across to me strongly.They were very helpful to both Simon and me and were keen for the trip to be a success.  If I get the opportunity to go to Peru again in the future and climb with Aritza in the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca I will definitely go.

Roger Phillips

It was perfect...

"It was perfect. We didn't repeat anything that we already knew, and we learnt a lot of new techniques and basic skills to be independent in the mountain.  I wanted to learn as much as I could and above all, I wanted to feel independent. And I got that. The trip to Bonar Glacier was amazing. Very well organized, even when we had to change all the plans [because of the weather], Tim made everything work perfectly. Excellent."

 

Maria, 5 day Private Instruction Course, Jan 2016

"...a great transition from rock climbing to mountaineering"

"It was an amazing week regardless of the weather conditions. Gianni was a great guide and took time to understand our goals and current experience levels. He then tailored the course objectives to suit. He would watch everything closely and correct any mistakes if we didn't fix them ourselves. Gianni was passionate about climbing and the mountains, and he had a wealth of knowledge. It was great transition from rock climbing to mountaineering."

James Graham, Australia, January 2017

a day of professional training was well worth it...

"Llewellyn was awesome! I feel like I could now head out climbing as part of a group and have a solid skill base to build from. I enjoyed the variety of climbs that Llewellyn showed me and (finally) making it to the top of the last 2 routes we did. It was great to learn the correct skills the correct way, rather than an interpretation of how to do things. I feel confident in what I have learnt and would say to others that the small investment for a day (at least) of professional training was well worth it.  A very professional and friendly crew."

Sam Ruddenklau, New Zealand

I achieved more than what I wanted from the trip

"I achieved more than what I wanted from the trip. Instead of just a guided trip, Andy took the iniative to teach how to abseil, lead climb and belay as well, and set up anchors. He commented this was to improve our rock climbing management skills so we could become more independent. I thought this was a fantastic idea I had not forseen and thoroughly thank Andy for."

Jozef, Wellington NZ (aged 16)

‘What was your favourite part of the trip?’

“The moment you head onto the pass and the whole East Matukituki opens up in front of you. It's a staggering view from what was previously a somewhat enclosed environment. The thrill of climbing the waterfall face would be a close second.”

Matthew Pike, NZ

Fede is a mountain goat in disguise.

“Both Tony and Fede are very professional.   At no time was I pushed beyond my limits,  and I was not micro-managed either.  Fede has the ability to recognise clients strengths an weaknesses and encourages the client to use and develop their strengths and overcome or manage their weaknesses. Tony and Fede are great to talk to and have a laugh with.  I am sure that Fede is a mountain goat in disguise.”

Elsje Dines, Australia

A very enjoyable and worthwhile mountaineering course

Steep Ice Course 8-day:  "A very enjoyable and worthwhile mountaineering course set in a fantastic location,and conducted in a very professional, non-intimidating manner by a highly dedicated team... Stefan and Tim are terrific guides, and really nice blokes as well...I gleaned numerous technical tips from them; furthermore, somewhat through conversations with both guides, I have developed a clearer sense of future mountaineering directions/objectives and realistic expectations in relation to these - I had a great week! - I am very keen to do further mountaineering with AG"

Marcus Pickett, South Australia

Flexibility is key..

Alpine Summit Week - Yes I would recommend this trip. Main reason is the flexibility shown by Aritza as to our capabilities and goals. All our climbing friends are similar to us and have rarely used a guide in the mountains so an outfit that recognises this and adapts things a little is really important to us. Even little things like Aritza being happy for us to lead on the sport routes on the final day - I have heard many outfits absolutely not allowing such a thing.

Simon Laker, UK

Remarkables Climbing

Robyn and Carla were amazing at replying to emails quickly and helping to design a trip that worked for me!  All my questions/concerns were answered very helpfully in the few months between booking and getting to Wanaka.

I thought Tim was great. He was very friendly and easy to talk to, but also definitely knew what he was doing and made me feel safe the whole time. As well, I appreciated that even though I didn’t have any climbing experience, he didn’t get frustrated when I clearly had no clue what I was doing. I also appreciated how he pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone and got me to do some things that I don’t think I would have otherwise. He was able to recognise that I was scared at times yet still encourage me/help me get through whatever we were doing, and I am glad that I was able to do almost everything on the trip.

I really enjoyed being able to get out into the backcountry and see some amazing views that I wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise

 
 
 
 

Brian Wysolmerski

Black Peak Ice Climing

Tai was fantastic. He was thorough, patient and extremely knowledgeable. He was always safety conscious and provided excellent feedback both during and after the climbs. He also got us to practice some skills such as ice anchors and ice screw placement. This really demonstrated how much more there was to learn and how to better our ice climbing skills. 
Would recommend you guys to all my friends and family as the premier guide company of New Zealand.
The ice climbing was definitely a highlight, especially seeing how quickly you progressed. But the heli ride in and out was also fantastic. Even walking up and down that hill every day was a highlight.
The whole trip was fantastic. Vastly exceeded my expectations.  Thanks guys for a wonderful experience I will never forget!

Fraser Francis-Pester

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