After a stellar winter season, it’s nearly time to trade in our skis and skins for boots and crampons, with longer daylight hours ahead for full days of climbing. The summits are calling, but if you’re feeling a bit rusty, you can sharpen up your mountaineering skills with our short courses, including our special Labour Weekend Locals Mountaineering Course, 20th-22nd October
, with both advanced and intro options.
The advanced course
is ideal for those with prior experience who want to review or develop key skills and techniques in preparation for local alpine missions, such as Mt Aspiring. Utilise the expert knowledge of our NZMGA or IFMGA qualified local mountain guides to fine-tune systems and fast track your mountain experience.
For those trying out mountaineering for the first time before signing up for a longer mountaineering course or preparing for a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring, our introductory course
is the perfect start to the summer season.
Both courses spend the first day based here in Wanaka, working on ropework (belaying, pitching, abseiling) at our local crags. The Advanced option will be refreshing these skills and working on anchors, rock protection, roping up for glacier travel and crevasse rescue and other vertical rescue techniques.
Days two and three will be based in the Remarkables, where we'll bivi by Lake Alta (if conditions allow) and focus on alpine skills. Beginners will get a handle on cramponing and use of ice axe, scrambling and pitched climbing. Advanced climbers will develop techniques for moving safely and efficiently on rock and mixed alpine terrain, including pitching strategies, ridge travel and moving together and simul-climbing on the wide variety of terrain available in the Remarkables. These skills can then be applied on the excellent objectives of Single or Double Cone.
So don’t fret if you feel you’ve got some catching up to do before planning your summer missions- we have you covered! Get in touch for more details on the Labour Weekend Course
or for other Sharpen Up opportunities
, which are available throughout the year