Mt Aspiring Course & Ascent

  • Difficulty: 2 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.

    Fitness: B A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.

    Duration

    7 Days

    Elevation

    3,033m / 9,950ft

Mt Aspiring Course and Ascent
16 June 2014
  • Learn to climb, and climb Mt Aspiring on the same trip


Mt Aspiring is a majestic, soaring peak and a challenging climb. Known to the indigenous people of New Zealand - the Maori, as Tititea, ‘the glistening one’, Mt Aspiring exemplifies much of what a real ‘classic’ mountain represents.

From some aspects it has formidable sheer faces and from others, it has fine graceful lines that culminate in its sharply defined summit. In short - Mt Aspiring inspires the urge to strap on those crampons and climb!

A sure-fire way to get started as a climber. This programme is for strong outdoor enthusiasts who would like to incorporate a personalised instruction course followed by an ascent of New Zealand’s most alluring mountain.

Why AC?

As an IFMGA Guide since 1991, AC CEO, Guy Cotter recognises the need for people to learn about ‘climbing’, and not just being taught the technical skills in isolation. This is not an easy task and requires experienced and highly skilled guides with good instructional skills to achieve. The guides at AC are recognised as amongst the best in the industry with the ability to help you get the most from your time.

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Testimonials

"Given that this was my first climbing experience it was a big responsibility for the guide doing my tuition and ascent at the same time.  He was able to ascertain what was important to me both on this climb and in the future thus displaying his experience and knowledge...  Barring disasters I will definitely be a repeat customer." 
Lee Gilbert (New Zealand)

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Photos

 Mt Aspiring-Tititea, 3033m, the 'Matterhorn of the South'  © Guy Cotter


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Media

  • Adventure Magazine - Mount Aspiring
    August 2016 - Dan Slater takes us on a climb of Mt Aspiring, with his story 
    featuring the stunning photos of AC guide and photographer Thomas Vialletet.
  • AG Outdoor - Aspiring to Greatness
    Oct 2014 - Brendon Hill describes his adventure up Mount Aspring with us "I felt powerful, strong, a conqueror. But also humble, insignificant and frightened..."