Gordie has a very good teaching method, enabling him to relate a complex topic in a simplified, tangible, and understandable format for the novice student. He didn't get sidetracked and start speaking beyond our comprehension. Very approachable, and positive and upbeat when talking about the subject. Provided supportive constructive criticism when needed. Kept the focus on safety.
Treble Cone Backcountry Day Tour: "... hearing the snow crystals billowing up into your lap as we skied untracked powder. Excellent way to experience a true alpine environment at such a reasonable cost. Very very impresed, as usual. Keep living the dream!"
Graeme, Wanaka, New Zealand
"Andy did a great job of easing us into the trip on day 1. He was thorough in his assessment of weather and conditions. Absolutely supervised our safety at all times. Andy was easy to get along with and highly professional in his approach. He cooks a mean bowl of porridge as well."
Both Morgan and Andrea did an outstanding job conducting the trip in a way which challenged the advanced skiers in our group whilst also providing a safe and enjoyable experience for the less advanced skiers in the group. Good introductory terrain for a big group, great scenery, good way to learn the basics of ski touring, great guides. It was an outstanding experience.
Looking forward to another trip with Aspiring Guides in the future.
"You Guys are JUST THE BEST! Skiing untracked powder snow where you
earn the turns. A truly wilderness experience yet so close to Wanaka. High class authentic NZ experience. "
Some really great runs but overall just being out in the backcountry and being able to appreciate the incredible mountain landscape free from the crowded/commercial resort world, as well as improving my understanding of the dangers/risks. Geoff was a fantastic guide and although he pushed us outside our comfort zone we always felt safe in his hands and he was always checking with us as to whether we were feeling okay and getting the information and experience we wanted. Amazing trip all up and I’d do it all again in a flash.
We continue to be completely happy with the service you provide - great guide (Geoff), great communication, great options for dates and locations to tour, and we know that you are completely organised and will be able to deal with problems. The weather day is also a "plus" factor.
Geoff is expert at guiding the level and activity to work for the whole group and at being flexible for changes. We have always felt the inherent risks of the outdoors are superbly managed by Geoff and the Aspiring Guides take every practical precaution for our safety too.
A fantastic time away with friends in the mountains, with a whole lot of beauty, exercise, and some good turns.
One of the reasons we went on a guided trip was to do things that we would not feel comfortable with doing on our own. We were also keen to learn more about backcountry travel, which Geoff facilitated well. Good varied terrain to cater for a range of ski / board abilities. A well run, fun trip!
I wanted to go touring from an existing hut (rather than tenting it) and wanted to learn from a guide. I felt well informed. The gear lists, training programs etc. were easy to follow. We made lots of traverses and descents in areas we wouldn't normally have traveled through (if Geoff wasn't there) but I felt comfortable and encouraged. In my view, this is the perfect balance for a guided trip. Having a good laugh after we were all blown down by a gust of wind was memorable but I think the highlight would have to be our third day of sunshine and fun skiing just down (east) of the hut - the nice lines, fun skiing, blue skies and nice snow really stands out!
Everything in the run up to the 1 day backcountry guiding with Aspiring guides was professional and prompt. The day itself started with meeting Whitney & Jimmy and 3 other guests at the base of treble cone. They provided us with probes, shovels and transceivers . After the guides checked about our previous experience we headed up the first of the 2 lifts we would be using that day. Once at the top of the saddle chair we jumped off piste and stopped for 30 minutes to do a quite transceiver refresher and check as well as a short reminder on what to do if a slide occurred. Over the course of the day we did a couple of long hikes and a few shorter ones, with the pace being set to the groups fitness so no one was left behind. The downs were obviously much sweeter than the ups and the guys found us some excellent fresh powder to play in. During a day like this you don't want to be in any situation where you have to use your gear, but when you do, that's when the guides really shine. We came across a slide that had come down not far from the lift on our return. As we all went down the safe slope to the side of it Whitney went to check it out. He signalled for Jimmy to join him because he got a signal. I've never seen anyone put on skins and traverse up a slope as quickly as that. Within minutes Jimmy and Whitney were searching the avalanche debris. Thankfully it was a rogue signal from a mobile that caused it, but it showed that if the worst was to happen, our chance of being rescued were pretty good & I think that's the main thing when doing a guided tour like this. It's easy to enjoy the powder and great snow when you're confident you're in safe and capable hands. Thanks guys & everyone at Aspiring guides. We had an awesome day!