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    13/11/2017

    First Aspiring Guides Mt Cook/Aoraki Guided Ascent for 2017 !

    Congratulations to Adam Coates!!! Our first Aoraki-Mt Cook summit for the 2017 season.

    14/10/2017

    Winter Wrap Up 2017

    As our winter trips draw to a close we take a look back at the past few months in pictures

    12/09/2017

    Amazon 2018 !

    Peruvian Amazon – Selva Baja   This is not one of our standard Wild Walks.  In fact it doesn’t involve any walking at all !  Led by our former chief guide Whit Thurlow this is a canoe trip in the Peruvian Amazon.  

    22/08/2017

    MT ASPIRING: WOW WE MADE IT!

    Aspiring Guides clients Gary and Graham recount their tremendous achievement of climbing Mt Aspiring.... What started as a goal became their reality through hard work, a strict training regime and being sufferers for punishment. 

    11/07/2017

    MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS

    As with most mountaineering equipment, there is not one magical item that works for every eventuality. When investing in boots, you need to decide when, and for what, you are going to be using them the most.

    Tim Steward, Chief Guide, IFMGA

    17/06/2017

    Avalanche Awareness Quiz

    AVALANCHE AWARENESS - HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW??? Winter is here and if you have plans to head into the backcountry its time to test yourself on Tim’s quiz

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide

    15/06/2017

    SKI TOURING SET UP ADVICE

    As winter approaches we often get asked advice on what gear investments to make for ski touring. Getting started is a big investment so you want to get it right. There has been a lot written about touring gear so I'm going to keep it simple and as brief as...

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide

    23/05/2017

    Wild Walks Progression

    A common query is how our Wild Walks compare in terms of difficulty. It is not completely clear cut but this chart gives an indication on how they compare.  

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide

    23/05/2017

    Ski Progression Advice

    In winter trips there is a large diversity of backcounty venues easily accessible from Wanaka. Most importantly there are options regardless of your ski/board ability and your backcountry experience. This progression is just a guide as every venue has options for all...

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide

    16/05/2017

    Norway Ski Tour 2017

    Check out a full report from Whitney Thurlow on our Norway Ski Touring Adventure in 2017 !

    Whitney Thurlow

    15/04/2017

    Italian Ski Tour - 2017

    Check out a full report from Whitney Thurlow on our Italian Haute Route Ski Touring Adventure in 2017 - 10 days of fantastic skiing and high hut luxury!

    Whitney Thurlow

    17/03/2017

    Mountaineering Skills Course

    Recently I was invited by Aspiring Guides to shoot and participate in a seven-day mountaineering course in New Zealand. Based in Wanaka, Aspiring Guides is a local outfit that offers mountain guiding and quality training in the peaks of the New Zealand Alps. When...

    Jake Anderson

    15/02/2017

    Twin Climbers Summit Mt Cook

    Congratulations to Tashi & Nungshi Malik on their summit of Aoraki-Mt Cook on 2 December with their Aspiring Guides Andrea Bruni & Gianni Predan.  We asked them who got to the top first, but like Hillary & Tenzing, they said it was a joint effort!

    23/01/2017

    Jess's Top 3

    Jess’s Top 3 Alpine Rock Climbs in the Southern Lakes

    Jess Marriott

    18/11/2016

    Clothing Layering Strategies

    The benefits with layering clothing in the outdoors is well known. The traditional approach of the 3 layers (base, mid and outer) assume that conditions and level of activity will remain relatively constant during the course of the day. With alpine climbing,  ...

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide IFMGA

    14/09/2016

    Ski Touring in Robrosa

    Check out this video of a recent trip into the Pisa Range with guide Dave Lundin.https://vimeo.com/181302063'No lifts, no road, no wi-fi, no heating, no toilet, no shower — Robrosa Hut sits at 1700m in the Pisa Ranges, New Zealand. Just four bunks, a gas...

    8/08/2016

    Tim's Top Three in the Darrans

    It’s been a tough call but here are my 3 favourite routes in the Darrans… 1. Mitre Peak 2. West face of Moir’s Mate 3.  MacPherson-Talbot traverse

    Tim Steward, Chief Guide

    26/07/2016

    Progression to Mt Cook

    The most common inquiry that we get at Aspiring Guides is for a guided ascent of Aoraki / Mount Cook - the highest peak in New Zealand and an impressive sight from whatever direction it is viewed.  We can appreciate the appeal!

    Tim Steward, Chief Guide

    26/07/2016

    Hiking in Avalanche Terrain

    Hiking in the winter months is becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand.  No crowds (no one at all usually!) and stunning snow covered peaks can make for fantastic hiking.  Hit the weather right and you can have a wilderness experience like no other...

    Whit Thurlow, Chief Guide

    7/10/2015

    Are traditional maps and GPS obsolete?

    Your phone works as a GPS? There are lots of GPS apps that work on your smart phone and if you spend heaps of time in the back country you are a mug not to get onboard the phone revolution.  For a small amount of money you can not only have a great GPS but...

    Whitney Thurlow
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