NZ Private Instruction Courses


Our objective is to pass on the skills, which have made us successful in our own international climbing careers. The most important attributes being:
  • A solid climbing standard and mountain awareness
  • Sound judgement of your own ability
  • Good planning and preparation skills
  • Good decision making


We endeavour to cover the following skills during the course, however factors such as weather and climbing conditions may dictate that some skills are not covered in full. On the Private Instruction Course you may deem that the course focus primarily on one or two aspects of climbing so you can increase your skill set in that area. 
  • Basic snow and ice-craft 
  • Mountain first aid and health 
  • Rope skills applicable to alpine climbing 
  • Camp Management 
  • Glacier travel and self rescue skills 
  • Route finding and navigation 
  • Weather analysis  Emergency shelters 
  • Alpine rock climbing skills 
  • Preparation for high altitude expedition climbing 


We operate our courses in the Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook or Westland National Parks depending on factors such as: weather and snow conditions, hut occupancy rates, and securing the best climbing conditions at the time. The course will commence and finish at our Wanaka office.

A note about training on lower altitude peaks - if your focus is on joining one of our expeditions in the future, we recommend training in lower altitude mountain ranges such as the Southern Alps of New Zealand where there are many peaks of around only 3000m in height, but similar in ruggedness and valley to summit altitude gains as the higher peaks of the Himalaya. This allows you to concentrate on the technical skills required for successful alpine climbing. We find that without the hassles of altitude slowing you down you are able to get ahead so much more quickly and you can concentrate on your altitude training further down the line.


We spend as much time in the mountains as possible actually climbing peaks whilst developing skills. Initially you will develop and reinforce your skills in a contained environment and move on to more challenging routes and terrain during the course.

Experiential learning is a major factor in becoming a competent mountaineer. The emphasis of the course is on safe application of skill development. We will introduce skills through actually climbing peaks and increase the intensity of the program at your pace.

Alpine climbing can involve long days with early starts in order to gain a summit with descent before nightfall. There are times when the weather may be rough and there can be periods of discomfort. We manage this through consultation with the group members and our objectives are dictated by the strength and motivation of the group as a whole.

You may have the opportunity to develop additional skills before the course commences. Rope skills can be learned through local alpine clubs or climbing Gyms. Previous rock or alpine climbing experience will allow you to gain even more from the course.


 Day 1 of the course begins at 9.00 am at our office, in the Wanaka town centre at 20 Brownston Street. Please arrive just on 9.00am as the guides will be preparing prior to that time. You will need to arrive in town the night prior to the course commencing. Please give us a call to confirm your arrival in town.
 We moved into our new premises in January 2013.  We are walking distance to the shores of Lake Wanaka and now have amazing views of the surrounding mountains that we love to play in. The new building is a nicely renovated house with  space for groups to get ready, a classroom, a dedicated kitchen and an area for packing expedition gear for freighting to the far corners of the earth.  We've also expanded our lobby with added retail space.  There are ten work stations in the office with a nice outdoor deck and shade cloth for the Friday afternoon g and t's! 
You will find some of New Zealand's best sport climbing in the Matukituki Valley - the gateway to the Mt Aspiring region (just a ten minute drive from our office). Three ski resorts provide plentiful winter activity and all year round fishing, boating and numerous other recreational activities abound.




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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