We place emphasis on providing nutritious meals and a good supply of snack food throughout the trip.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration.
For special diets such as vegan and gluten/dairy free we will call you to discuss your needs and how this will work in the group cooking situation.
Climbing in winter in the New Zealand mountains requires good personal gear due to the potential cold weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment, whilst keeping pack weights as light as possible for your comfort and ease of travel.
The accompanying equipment list is a guideline to your equipment requirements. Your Guide will go through an equipment checklist with you prior to the trip. All group equipment including ropes will be organised by your Guide.
Adventure Consultants can help with all your equipment needs prior to your trip departing. We have a dedicated equipment coordinator that can answer any questions you may have, or you can also read the following equipment notes which are designed to help you when making decisions about which equipment best suits your personal needs.
We carry a good range of modern rental equipment. If you will be renting equipment from us please advise your requirements in advance to ensure correct sizing and availability.
In addition, our extensive retail catalogue and gear store provide the added service of purchasing your clothing and equipment needs directly from us. We are regularly outfitting climbers from head to toe to help them prepare for their course, ascent or trek! We also have a range of products available at our headquarters for any last minute purchases on the day of departure.
In Queenstown...Queenstown has a range of accommodation from backpackers, motels, hotels and luxury lodges.
We are happy to assist with your accommodation arrangements.
While climbing...The best thing of all about our Guided Ice Climbing Trips are that they operate from our innovative Expedition Base Camp tents that are set up right at the foot of the ice climbing area The tents provide a cosy atmosphere to enjoy the evening meals and reflect on each days climbing before a well-earned sleep.
Air New Zealand and Qantas/Jetstar provide daily services between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch International airports and Queenstown, and there are also direct flights from most major Australian cities to Queenstown on a limited basis.
Bus services operate daily between Christchurch and Queenstown (approximately 6 hours travel time).
We are happy to assist with your bus transfer arrangements.
Please note: Adventure Consultants will provide food and accommodation while the trip is running which is from 9.00am on Day 1 until 3.00pm on the final day. All food and accommodation outside this time will be at your expense.
Weather is an integral facet of any mountain range and getting to understand and work with this major environmental factor is what will distinguish you from the others. The New Zealand weather can be fierce but also benign. A climber who learns to optimise their opportunities here will have the skills to climb in any other mountain environment on earth.
Our ice-climbing season runs from July through to September with the most stable ice conditions being in July and August. Daylight hours are approximately 9 in winter. Temperatures will drop to as low as –10° Celsius and could rise to as high as 15° Celsius.
On your climbing programme it is probable that some adverse weather may affect our climbing plans however we will attempt to anticipate what best moves to make for the positive outcome of the trip. At times we may elect to delay our departure into the hills in favour of other valuable activities and move into the mountains when conditions permit.
Adventure Consultants reserves the right to cancel, or alter the trip at any time if the ice is not in condition due to climatic influences, or if the climbing area or conditions are perceived by Adventure Consultants, as being too hazardous. However, we will to the best of our ability endeavour to find alternative suitable climbing venues in order for the trip to take place.
Our guides are in radio/cell/sat phone communication with our operations base and Department of Conservation headquarters throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, helicopter coordination and safety back up. Urgent messages can be relayed via our office to the field if required. Each course carries a locator beacon for additional security.
From the AC Blog page
Ama Dablam 2017 - Final dispatch
Island Peak 2017 - Last day
Everest 2017 - Wrapping Up