Health & Fitness
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.
The course is directed toward fit and motivated people who have some background in the outdoors.
Previous alpine or rock climbing experience, bushwalking or tramping to a demanding level, or other related activities, which develop self-reliance and a mentally robust attitude, are pre-requisites for this course.
Participants are also expected to have some basic rope skills before joining the course.
Participants joining this course must arrive with a good level of fitness. An appropriate level of fitness is that you can carry a 20kg pack in hill country for several hours at a time without undue fatigue. If you are not sure, please send us an honest outdoor resume or call us and we can advise you on which is the best course for you.
To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the course. A good level of fitness takes time and commitment and can only be achieved by either 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 own level of enjoyment 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.
Insights to the world of ski mountaineering from professional freeride skier Lorraine Huber on the Adventure Consultants Alpine Expedition Course.
THE SNOWS OF AORAKI
Dan Slater of Climb Magazine (UK) published a wonderful insight into climbing New Zealand's highest mountain, with Adventure Consultant's guide Andy Cole.
MY OWN PRIVATE GLACIER
Jonathan Moody recently joined us for our Alpine Expedition Course. His blog about the trip features in Outer Edge magazine.
MINING LIFE AND LIVING - FROZEN PLAYGROUND
Christie Prior shares her experience on an AC Mountaineering Instruction Course last summer.
From the AC Blog page
Ama Dablam 2017 - Final dispatch
Island Peak 2017 - Last day
Everest 2017 - Wrapping Up