Intermediate Technical Mountaineering Course New Zealand 2016

Ascent Preparation Program

Our Ascent Preparation program is designed for those who wish to undertake skills refresher training and acclimatisation as a lead up to a Guided Ascent. This program is ideal for experienced mountaineers with a high level of fitness. This program is not suitable for beginners. The program provides an excellent lead up to a Guided Ascent and will maximise your chances of a successful summit (or summits!). The duration of the Ascent Preparation program is generally 2-3 days, run immediately prior to your scheduled Guided Ascent. The program combines training days before the summit attempt to refresh skills and acclimatise to the altitude. These lead up days are essential to maximise your chances of a successful summit and enjoyable experience. The training days also allow greater flexibility in the event of unstable weather. Whilst there is never a ‘guarantee’ that all summit attempts are successful, by undertaking this program you will maximise your chances of success. The Ascent Preparation program comprises training, skills refresher and progressive altitude acclimatisation. The format of the Ascent Preparation Program will depend on individual requirements, summit to be attempted and prevailing weather and snow/ice conditions. Typically it would include:

  • Advanced rope skills – pitching, belaying, building safe anchors (use of ice screws and snow stakes);
  • Ice climbing skills – top rope and lead climbing;
  • Acclimatisation  – this is done in stages in combination with training, staying at one or more huts at progressively higher altitude.

Fitness prerequisites: A very high level of physical fitness and mental fortitude is required. At a minimum, participants should be able to jog 10km at a moderate pace within an hour and easily hike to a 400 metre increase in elevation (eg. from sea level to 400 metres in altitude) with a 12 kg pack within an hour.

Minimum Numbers: Course can be booked privately for one person or up to 2 participants per guide (if you want a group booking you are to provide the other participant).

Course Dates: In the event of bad weather (or any other unforseen events) that requires a change of course location, additional costs (eg. transport) may be incurred. Any alteration to the schedule and/or costs will be discussed with participants before being finalised.

Course Details: Our courses are run on demand from October to April. Contact us if you would like more information or to book a course.

Course Prices: prices are in NZD for a 3 day course.  

  • $1300pp for 2 pp
  • $2400 for 1 person

Bad weather itinerary: In the event of bad weather (or any other unforseen events) that requires a change of course location, additional costs (eg. transport) may be incurred. Any alteration to the schedule and/or costs will be discussed with participants before being finalised.

Included In Fee:

  • All Guides fees & expenses
  • Hut fees (bed)
  • Hire of technical gear (harness, crampons, helmet  and ice axe)
  • Breakfast, lunch, drinks & snacks during the course

Not Included In Fee:

  • Accommodation/flights before & after course
  • Personal clothing/equipment (we can give you a list of recommended items to bring)
  • Mountaineering boots (bring your own or we will assist you to buy a pair wholesale through our company at the start of the course)
  • Helicopter access

Accommodation: During the course we will be staying at Plateau or Kelman Hut. Your fee covers overnight stay in a bunk style dormitory.