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.
Skills Required for the Course
Participants need not have any prior training although confidence on cross country skis will be a big advantage.
The skiing component of polar travel is not very technical. The skis are used to slide along the snow and to stop you ‘breaking through’ the snow surface. It is a much faster mode of travel than going on foot. Having stated that, it is important that you have good balance on your skis and are very familiar with the motion of skiing. Injury could occur to those not familiar with skiing and any self-respecting polar traveller will make a point of learning the skill (Robert Falcon Scott decided against using skis on his journey to the South Pole with disastrous consequences!).
If you are not already a skier we suggest you come to Wanaka early to spend some time developing the skills and we can help arrange tuition.
PREPARING FOR THE COURSE
To make the most of your training experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the trip. If you can, prepare yourself by cross country skiing or ski touring prior to the course. If this is not possible you could consider coming to Wanaka early to spend some time developing the skills.
You will find that training with a 20 kg + pack on is good 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.
We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation and travel insurance to protect yourself in case of injury or mishap prior to/or while 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 Commission (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 may not be eligible for bulk compensation payments from ACC, and you are responsible for any medical or evacuation costs beyond the cover provided by ACC.