5 Day Summer Alpine Climbing Course March 20, 2021

Our 5-day summer alpine climbing is based in Arthurs Pass and covers all the essential skills for climbing in the mountains in summer.

Alpine climbing course
Summer Alpine Training

Our summer alpine course will give you all the skills to climb all the classic alpine rock routes in New Zealand.  Over the 5 days, you will explore some of Arthurs Pass’s most impressive peaks including Mt Temple, Phipps peak and Mt Cassidy. Our experienced local instructors will guide you towards completing a number of multi-pitch climbing and alpine scrambling routes while acquiring all the associated rope work skills required for independent travel in the mountains.



This course is delivered in the Temple Basin area, close to Arthurs Pass village (2- hrs from Christchurch). We meet on the first day at 9:00am in Arthurs Pass and after dropping our luggage at the goods lift we make way up to the Lodge. from there it’s just a short drive to Broken River or Mt Cheeseman ski fields where we access the snow. The destination for day two will be decided by the group and your instructor during the course.

To help ease congestion on the ski field access roads, we encourage participants to carpool from Christchurch, Springfield or Castle Hill Village. We’ll help set up a carpool a week or so in advance by emailing everyone.

The course finishes up at 4 pm at the car park at Mt Cheeseman or Broken River Ski fields.


What’s the accommodation like?

Temple basin lodge
Temple Basin Lodge

We will be staying in the temple basin alpine lodge situated high above Arthurs pass village. The is very comfortable with power,  flush toilets, a drying room, heaters,  bunk rooms, and a large common room and bar.



This is a catered course, the team up at Temple Basin lodge will look after our catering for the duration of the course. Meals include Breakfast, Packed lunch, Dinner, and Desert.


Traveling from out of town?

Most people travel to attend our summer alpine climbing courses and we like to make it easy.  you can meet us in Arthurs pass or make use of our free transport to and from the airport or your accommodation in Christchurch.


“The summer alpine climbing course was absolutely incredible – great communication, excellent instructor just a wonderful time spent in the mountains! Highly recommended!” -James Grant, Auckland.


This Summer Alpine Climbing Course includes.


Trip planning and route selection

Summer alpine climbing course
5 pitches up Phipps Peak
  • Interpreting NZ climbing guides
  • Planning & route selection
  • Choosing and Packing gear
  • Applying safe travel techniques


  • Lead climbing & belaying
  • Placing protection
  • Building anchors
  • Abseiling
  • Essential climbing knots

Safe travel technics

  • Scrambling unroped
  • Scrambling with ropes
  • Ridge travel using ropes
  • Safe travel in teams of  2 or 3

Rescue skills

Summer alpine climbing course
prep before a summit attempt of Mt Temple
  • Prussicing up & down ropes
  • Lowering off an injured climber
  • Abseiling with an injured climber

Climbing objectives

  • Mt Temple
  • Mt Cassidy
  • Mt Blimit
  • Strong groups may also attempt Mt Philistine or Mt Rollestine.


*Minimum people needed to run a course

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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

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+64 3 329 9076

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Course Timing

9:00am to 4:00PM