For climbers and hikers - a NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited course
Recognized by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, this Backcountry Avalanche Course is designed to deliver quality avalanche education for a minimum price.
The course is designed for people who want to hike, snowshoe or climb in winter or spring in the backcountry and up in the high mountains. The focus is on survival skills, trip preparation and avalanche decision making. While the goal is to not be caught in an avalanche, time will be spent learning small party self rescue.
It will help to have some basic knowledge of backcountry winter conditions and travel (see Avalanche Awareness Course). Previous experience in winter backcountry travel is recommended. The course will be taught using a variety of local backcountry access points such a local ski areas.
This course is based from Aspiring Guides offices on the lakefront in Wanaka.
"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. "
Optional Additions :
Dates don't suit? Contact us and we will see what we can do.
Also if you would like a private course for your own group we can discuss other dates.
It is recommended that participants have some familiarity with winter backcountry travel.
A moderate level of fitness is required. Participants need to be able to travel up steep hills and be strong enough to handle variable conditions.
Minimum number to run scheduled course is 3 pax, but we can run private courses for less people.
Course participants will be responsible for organising their own transport to & from the course venues, food, and accommodation in Wanaka for the duration of the course.
NZMGA/IFMGA Qualified Guide
MSC Backcountry Course - Participant workbook
Avalanche Awareness in the New Zealand Backcountry (2008, NZ)
Extra costs apply if tent/snow cave/Black Peak options are chosen.
Each day we meet at the Aspiring Guides office in Wanaka at 8:30. After a gear check we go to that day's field destination. Your instructor will pick which venue is most appropriate for the day's weather and snow conditions. Instruction will start at the beginning and learning will be broken into manageable parts.
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