Independent Mountain Guides

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

5 Day Basic Mountaineering Course

This course is designed for people as their first experience into the world of mountaineering. It is based at the Remarkables Scenic Reserve tent camp at 1800 metres. The initial access is by road to 1600 metres and then an hours walk to your camping spot. From here is very easy access to our technical climbing and instruction venues.

The course will cover basic ropework, knots, abseiling/rapelling, snow and rock anchors, climbing techniques, self arresting, ice axe use, cramponing, map and compass, snow shelters and of course climb as many peaks as our time and energy allows.

Trip details

The course will meet at 8am on day one to check gear,final payment to be made, and to meet other course participants and your guide /instructer. The course will finish at 4pm on day five followed by a debrief and beers. Meet at the Independent Mountain Guides Shop. The drive is approximatley 45 minutes from Queenstown.

A likely schedule of events is:

Day 1 Leave IMG and drive to the Remarkables carpark. Hike to Lake Alta and pitch camp. The afternoon will be spent learning the art of rockclimbing and the safety net that supports this activity. Back to camp for dinner and a knot tying session.

Day 2 Rise early and away by 7.30am. Your goal today is the highest point on the Remarkables Range 2319 metres. Your guide/instructor will supervise your ascent placing the emphasis on safety techniques. The view from the top is outstanding. On a fine day you will see Mts.Cook, Aspiring, Earnslaw, Tutoko and the lush Central Otago basin. Today you will learn about mountain movement, route finding, rope management, and decision making. A very informative day.

Day 3 Another early start will see you on the snow .Today is learning about self arresting, step cutting, and snow anchors.You will demonstrate how to hold falls from the anchors you build. You will also learn about roping up for easy but exposed terrain. A vital technique in mountaineering. Belay training will also be taught.

Day 4 Today will be a tough day. This is when you take your instructor the the top of the Middle peak.You will make the trickey choices of route, gear, anchors, timing, and the finer points of other detail necessary as a mountaineer. It will be tiring and rewarding.

Day 5 Map and compass day today and a a chance to review aspects of the course. Other lecture topics will be weather, snow shelters and topics of your choice Pack up and head down for a de brief and presentation of certificates.

In the event of poor weather rope skills systems will be taught at the indoor climbing gym between mad dashes up to the snow!! Be flexible!

What we provide

  • mountaineering course equipment including harness and belay device, helmet, rope 
  • other safety climbing accessories
  • ground transport to destination
  • free Queenstown accommodation - find out here
  • wet weather gear can be hired but must be booked in advance
  • Your guide is well qualified to ensure your safety and enjoyment. All guides are trained by accepted outdoor industry training organisations e.g. NZMGA or NZOIA. They also receive regular training from IMG.

What to bring

  • mountaineering clothing and alpine climbing boots if you have them
  • your own food and cooking stove
  • crampons and ice axe (can be hired for $15 /day/person/item)
  • good fitness is required.

Course Costs:

  • one person 5 day course $2,895
  • two, three or four persons 5 day course $2,195 per person

Prices are in $ NZD

Booking Conditions

  • Deposits need to paid to secure your place (50 % of the course cost). 
  • In the event of participants paying full price and then other people showing up for the course a rebate will be paid to balance the costs as above.

Course Venue

  • Course venues will differ depending on weather patterns, seasonal snow cover, and where you guide favours.
  • Locations are the Remarkables, the Darran Mountains, the Mount Brewster region and the Mt. Earnslaw area.

You can make a booking or phone us on 0274 140 544 to book your course.

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