Alpine Climbing Course

Health & Fitness

Your Health

Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication. Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.

Course Prerequisites

This course has been developed to meet the need for people who want to learn how to climb mountains and avoid the frustrations of courses that are entirely technically based but lacking in experiential learning.

A high level of fitness is important to ensure you gain the most from the course. We operate the course by gradually increasing the intensity of the exercises to allow participants to increase their climbing strength and confidence over the duration of the course.

Alpine climbing often requires long days with early starts in order to gain a summit and descend before nightfall and hence stamina is a vital asset. There are times when the weather may be rough and there can be periods of discomfort. This hardship makes a summit all the more satisfying and one recognises that it takes special attributes to be a successful alpine climber.

If possible, you should take the opportunity to develop additional skills before the course commences, e.g. rope skills that can be learned through local alpine clubs or rock gyms. Of course having previous rock or alpine climbing experience will allow you to gain even more from the course.

Preparing for your course

To make the most of your climbing experience we strongly encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the trip. A good level of fitness takes time and commitment and can only be achieved by training hard or being constantly physically active. In training it is best to actually carry a pack for long periods on hills and uneven terrain on a regular basis.

Your guide places special focus on fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly.  Your own level of enjoyment of the course will be directly related to your level of fitness.

Following are some tips and a basic Training for Mountaineering programme.


We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance and travel insurance to protect yourself in case of injury or mishap or cancellation prior to/or whilst on our trips, and we can provide you on advice about this according to your nationality.

Whilst our focus is on safety and our track record supports this, the mountains do have hazards and there is always the potential for mishap. If you were injured whilst on the trip the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) will pay rescue costs upon review of the circumstances and authorisation by the Police. This service may not apply to evacuation costs for medical conditions. You are not eligible for bulk compensation payments from ACC, and you are responsible for any medical or evacuation costs beyond the cover provided by ACC.


Learning to Climb


    Insights to the world of ski mountaineering from professional freeride skier Lorraine Huber on the Adventure Consultants Alpine Expedition Course. 

    Dan Slater of Climb Magazine (UK) published a wonderful insight into climbing New Zealand's highest mountain, with Adventure Consultant's guide Andy Cole.

    Jonathan Moody recently joined us for our Alpine Expedition Course.  His blog about the trip features in Outer Edge magazine.

    Christie Prior shares her experience on an AC Mountaineering Instruction Course last summer.


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