3-Day Custom climbing, River Crossing & Steep Ground Course - Joyce C Group January 9, 2024

This is a 2-day intro to rock climbing course delivered in Christchurch, New Zealand and a 1-Day River Crossing & Steep Ground Course delivered in Canterbury High Country and on the Waimakariri River at Mt White Bridge

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2-day intro to rock climbing course

3-day  course overview

This is a custom course for Joyce’s group in Australia, however, this course is open to everyone to join should you be interested.

The course will cover 2 days of rock climbing as well as a 1-day river crossing and steep ground training customised for the original group.

These 3 days would be valuable for anyone looking to acquire some rope & climbing skills as well as a river crossing and steep terrain to take on more challenging backcountry routes or as a base for transitioning from tramping to mountaineering.


Rock climbing  course location

Our introductory climbing courses are delivered on the Port Hills in Christchurch. We meet at 8:30 am at Mt Pleasant Yacht Club/Scott Park (see Google Maps) on the first day.  From Scott Park, it’s only 15 mins to the climbing area. The group and your instructor will decide the climbing locations for each day, depending on the weather and the group’s abilities. We often use Albert Terrace, Cattlestop, Pop Up Crag and Rapaki Rock climbing areas for this course.

River Crossing and Steep Ground course location

Starting at Porters Pass we will venture up the hill to get into some steep terrain, looking specifically for scree and slippery tussock grasses. We will spend roughly an hour looking at footwork and walking techniques before continuing onto Mt White Bridge for the river crossing course. This will be a longer than normal day as we will be departing from Christchurch in the morning and have allowed extra time to cover the additional skills.



Accommodation is not included in this training.





view of Lyttleton Harbour from Living Springs
View from Living Springs


This is a self-catered course.











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Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if you’re travelling from out of town to attend one of our courses. Please book a central city or south Christchurch accommodation.

Meeting locations (catch a ride with us)

If you are bringing your car, please meet us at one of the following locations:



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We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the City Centre.  We are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly at the airport at the end of the course.  The earliest time we can have you back at the airport is 5 pm.





building a top rope anchor on a climbing course
Climbing anchor


You don’t need your own gear for this course. We have all the specialist gear & equipment available for you to borrow. If you have your own gear, we encourage you to bring it along as it’s better to train with the gear you own.  A full gear list is available to download at the bottom of this page.










See what our clients have to say

“The techniques that were introduced made a massive difference to my climbing” – Samantha Taylor, Wellington

“Really fun weekend, great safe experience. will come again” – James Hoodson, Canterbury

“A fantastic course provided by enthusiastic friendly and passionate teacher” -Andy Sreath, Auckland



Gear List
Course Outline




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Bookings are $699 per participant

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Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

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