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.
Level of Skills Required
The ICC is directed toward fit and motivated people who have a background in basic mountaineering or rock climbing and wish to extend their skills onto steep ice.
Preparing for the Course
To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the trip. You will find that training with a 15kg + pack on is the best preparation for the mountains, with the aim of getting ‘pack fit’ and building your endurance. Your guide places special focus on fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly.
Building up your upper body strength is imperative for ice climbing and some training beforehand will really help you make the most of your time on the course. Progressing to doing pull-ups in the gym is what you need to aim for, and good overall conditioning will help you climb for longer each day on the course. For more detail check out our Fitness Training page.
We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself in case of injury or mishap prior to/or whilst on our trips.
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, however, you would not be eligible for bulk compensation payments. You are responsible for any medical or evacuation costs beyond the cover provided by ACC.