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1-Day Winter Climbing Skills Instruction

Brave the winter chill and join our intensive 1-Day Winter Climbing Skills Instruction Course based in Queenstown's Remarkables Range.

Enjoy private individualised learning across a range of areas depending on your current skill level and future objectives including snow and ice craft, rope skills, route finding and avalanche awareness.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 1 day
Elevation 1,500M / 4,921FT
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Bring a friend or come on your own for focused tuition - Steve Moffat

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Brush up on rope skills or learn new techniques - Steve Moffat

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Explore terrain that offers a mixture of snow and alpine rock - Steve Moffat

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High on the Remarkables Range - Guy Cotter

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Enjoy a stunning natural arena - Steve Moffat

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Relish the challenge of New Zealand winter climbing - Steve Moffat

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Fine tune technical skills - Dean Staples

From June to September
Departs from Wanaka or Queenstown, New Zealand
RATIOS 1 DAYS
1:1 $890 NZD $
1:2 $490 NZD $
1:3 or 1:4 $390 NZD $
  • Overview

    • Based in Queenstown's Remarkables Range
    • Short intensive 1-day course
    • Option to start from Wanaka or Queenstown
    • Learn essential winter climbing skills


    Hone your winter climbing skills with a full day's climbing with one of our experienced guides. Bring a group of mates or enjoy 1:1 tuition. The day can be tailored to your current skill level and objectives and can cover snow and ice craft, rope skills, route finding and avalanche awareness.

    If your designated trip date is not appropriate due to weather or conditions, we will also offer a single day contingency for the following day.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Guide and permit fees
    • Group technical equipment
    • Avalanche rescue equipment
    • Transport ex Wanaka or Queenstown
    • 15% NZ Goods and Services Tax

    Registration & Payment

    In order to confirm a guide and your trip, we require full payment upon booking.

    Please note that in order to reserve a guide we recommend that you book well in advance. 

    Payment Options

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank: Bank of New Zealand
    For the account of: Adventure Consultants Limited
    Account number: 02 0673 0043443 00
    Account Type: NZ Dollars

    We can also accept your payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex) plus a 3% credit card payment fee.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your trip is confirmed. A course member may then cancel their participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days incur a NZ$250 cancellation fee.
    • For cancellations made within 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations made within 30 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations within 15 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.


    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We highly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent. Trip cancellation insurance is usually packaged together with your travel insurance and covers you for loss of deposits should you not be able to make the trip for personal reasons.

  • Course Notes

    1 Day Winter Skills Instruction CoverThe Course Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' 1-Day Winter Climbing Skills Instruction Course.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    1-Day Winter Climbing Skills Instruction Course

    Our Guides

    NZMGA IFMGA LogoThe instructors on our New Zealand courses are all NZMGA/IFMGA qualified guides with many years experience, not only in pursuing their own climbing careers, but also in learning how to pass these skills on in an environment which is conducive to accelerated learning.

    Our focus is to pass on knowledge that will assist your development towards becoming a competent climber. Many courses focus primarily on techniques that are taught as skills in isolation yet we recognise that you need to learn those skills in context while you are actually climbing the mountain so you know where and when to utilise each technique learned.

    Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

    A founding principle at Adventure Consultants is to recognise the necessity of positive communication within the group to foster an open and friendly approach to communicating and reinforcing learning processes.

    Adventure Consultants employs only IFMGA or NZMGA qualified guides, the most advanced training and certification program internationally. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes around five years to attain and ensures you are getting a world-class professional service.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Em Weatherall climbing cropEmberly Wetherall, Client Liaison

    Emberly has been with Adventure Consultants since March 2016 in the role of Client Liaison and Retail Buyer. She brings a positive attitude and 'can do' approach to her role.

     

     
    Staff Photo

    Your Health

    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 Experience Required

    The course is perfect for those who lead an active lifestyle and want to take full advantage of world class, professional instruction. Participants on this course should have a reasonable level of fitness.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the course. A good level of fitness takes time and commitment and can only be achieved by either training hard or being constantly physically active. When training, it is recommended you carry a pack for long periods on hills and uneven terrain. Over time you should increase the weight the pack until you are comfortable with 15-20kg up and down hills and preferably off-trail. Your own level of enjoyment will be directly related to your level of fitness so it is up to you to ensure you make the best of your time on the course. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your course.

    Food

    You will need to bring with you a hearty lunch and some snacks to eat throughout the day, along with a bottle of water.

    Accommodation

    Wanaka and Queenstown both have 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.

    Clothing & Equipment

    While winter climbing in the New Zealand mountains requires good personal gear due to the potential cold weather conditions, your regular mountaineering or ski clothing, bulked up with some extra warm layers will normally suffice.

    We will provide group technical equipment as well as avalanche safety equipment, transceiver, probe and shovel. You will need to come prepared with your own personal clothing and equipment. We have a range of climbing equipment and clothing available at our office in Wanaka, please ensure you advise your requirements prior to your course.

    Communication & Messages

    Our guides are in radio/cell/sat phone communication with our operations base and Department of Conservation headquarters throughout the trip. Urgent messages can be relayed via our office to the field if required. Each course carries a locator beacon for additional security.

    Travel

    For trips originating in Queenstown, please meet your guide at 8.30am at the base of the Remarkables Ski Field Road. Trips departing from Wanaka meet at 8am from our office at 20 Brownston Street.

    The nearest airport is located in Queenstown. Air New Zealand and Jetstar airlines provide daily services to Queenstown from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. There are also direct international flights from most major Australian cities.

    A shuttle service operates several times daily between Queenstown and Wanaka (from $35 each way), see https://www.ritchies.co.nz/wanaka. We are happy to assist with your transfer arrangements.

    Bus services also operate daily between Christchurch and Wanaka (approximately 6 hours' travel time).

    Return ground transport from either Wanaka or Queenstown to the course venue is included in the course fee.

  • Curriculum

    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
    The day can be tailored to your current skill level and objectives and can include snow and ice craft, rope skills, route finding, and avalanche awareness. We endeavour to cover as many skills as possible during the course, however factors such as weather and climbing conditions may dictate that some skills are not covered in full.

    Trips departing from Wanaka begin at 8.00am at our office, at 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka. Please arrive just on 8.00am 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.

    For trips departing from Queenstown, please meet your guide at the base of the Remarkables Ski Field Road at 8.30am.

    Please contact us if you have any difficulties with transport and we can liaise with you about an appropriate pick up time from you accommodation.

  • Add Ons

    Wanaka and Queenstown have some of the most relaxing and beautiful accommodation in New Zealand. Let your friendly liaison know if you would like to discover some of the potential options that they have to offer.

    IMG 00170Take a private transfer between Queenstown Airport and Wanaka in a Jaguar F-Pace S.

    Available any time of the day or week, the service is personalised and includes an airport meet and greet at the gate.

    A Frankton shopping stop can be included in this service, as can a brief Wanaka orientation tour upon arrival.

    Each transfer can be tailor-made to meet your needs and transport can be included for up to 4 passengers.

    Please see Wanaka Chauffeured for more information.

    (Photo: Wanaka Chauffeured)

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    Scenic Flights

    In Wanaka we are surrounded by a myriad of lakes and mountain ranges as well as South Westland and Fiordland National Park, with the world famous Milford Sound. Seeing such sights from above by helicopter or plane is a must whilst visiting the South Island. Talk to our office about booking a flight.

    Bike and Boat Tour

    Enjoy a fun and adventurous half day boat and bike tour which combines a scenic lake cruise on the pristine Lake Wanaka with a mountain bike tour skirting the lakeshore with our friends at Wanaka Bike Guides.

    Wanaka Wine Tours

    Discover the scenery, history, food and wine of Wanaka and Central Otago with Wanaka Wine Tours. Catering to all, from complete wine novices to dedicated wine connoisseurs, their explorations of the local vineyards are a delight to the senses!

    Bungy Jumping / Canyon Swing

    Bungy… the quintessential New Zealand activity that speaks for itself. And Canyon Swing! Let us organise this for you after your trip with us and take the hassle out of it. Talk to our staff about it today!

    Fiordland Helicopter Flight, Cruise or Remote Scuba Dive

    Take an incredible scenic helicopter flight through Fiordland National Park, a listed World Heritage Area, where you will land on a private boat in the very remote Dusky Sound. Enjoy a cruise of the Sounds and if you're feeling adventurous then don your dive gear and head underwater for a phenomenal dive in the unique underwater world that Fiordland has to offer. Feast on an amazing lunch of fresh seafood, before heading back to civilisation. Truly an experience not to be forgotten.

    Multi-Pitch Ice Climbing

    After your trip/course you could add-on a multi-pitch single day 1:1 ice climbing ascent with your guide. Depending on your skill level, there is a range of excellent options within a couple of hours walk. or a short helicopter flight near Queenstown. Contact us to learn more.

    Have a camera man join your trip and document the entire thing! Choose from a variety of options for different budgets. You could have a full-colour book and short film, or a full documentary for television. Your trip is the trip of a lifetime; why not keep it to show your friends and family. Contact us or see our specialty Film and Photo Services page for more information.

    Let us take the hassle out of buying new gear. We can sort all of your equipment requirements for you from head to toe with specific personal purchases that will leave you with all of the best gear on the mountain. Contact us or see our specialty Gear Store page for more information.

    Your friends or family may wish to join you on your holiday but don't like the idea of heading into the backcountry for skiing or ice climbing. Let us know if this is the situation and we will be able to put together an itinerary that keeps them busy while you are up high. There are so many wonderful things to do, so have a chat with us and we will put together the perfect program.

  • Travel Insurance

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your trekking and mountaineering adventures can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance


    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

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