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.
Adventure Consultants will provide food while the course is running with the exception of dinner on Day 1. Otherwise, you are catered from 9.00am on Day 1 until lunch on the last day of your course. All food outside this time will be at your expense.
Climbing in the Southern Alps requires good personal gear due to the potential 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 course equipment list is a guideline to your equipment requirements. Your Guide will go through an equipment checklist with you prior to the trip. These will vary subject to seasonal weather and route conditions. All group equipment including ropes and stoves 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.
We can offer secure storage at our office for your luggage and valuables during the trip.
In Wanaka...Wanaka has a range of accommodation from backpackers, youth hostels, motels, and hotels to luxury lodges.
We are happy to assist with your accommodation and bus transfer arrangements.
During the course...Adventure Consultants will provide accommodation while the course is running. All accommodation outside this time will be at your expense. When in the mountains you will stay in tents with limited facilities where you will be exposed to the elements. For more information on New Zealand's mountain accommodation see our Alpine Huts page.
For overnights in Wanaka, you will be accommodated in dormitory style backpackers with shared bathroom facilities. You may decide to upgrade to single accommodations in Wanaka at your own expense, should you require.
We commence the course from our base in Wanaka. Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Qantas provide daily services for flights from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington to Queenstown. There are also direct international flights from most major Australian cities to Queenstown.
Alpine Connexions offer a shuttle service several times daily between Queenstown and Wanaka (approximately one hour driving time and with costs from $35 each way).
Bus services operate daily between Christchurch and Wanaka (approximately 6 hours travel time).
Return ground transport from Wanaka to the course venue is included in the cost of the course.
Included in your course fee is a complimentary copy of ‘A Climbers Guide to New Zealand Mountaineering Techniques’. Written by Adventure Consultants guides Guy Cotter, Dean Staples and Mark Sedon, the ‘ACG’ was published specifically as reference material which you will find useful before, during, and long after your course has finished.
Whilst the Climbers Guide does not focus on polar travel techniques there are plenty of useful sections for alpine environments that are applicable to polar travel.
It is useful to have your own map for navigation exercises. Your guide will advise you of the relevant 1:50,000 topographic maps required when the course begins. The training area for your Polar Training Course will generally only be decided just prior to course commencement date to ensure the most favourable area is utilised.
The above books and maps can be purchased from our office in Wanaka.
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
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Everest 2017 - Wrapping Up