7 Day Mountaineering and Avalanche Course August 10, 2020

7-day avalanche & mountaineering course based in Arthurs Pass National Park.

7 Day Avalanche & Alpine Course

 

A 7-day avalanche & alpine rope skills course. This course is the next step for people who already have some experience using crampons and ice axes. On this course, you will gain the skills and confidence to climb independently in the mountains using ropes and avalanche assessment skills. Delivered by our highly skilled local guides, you will learn all the essential skills required to get out there and climb classic winter mountaineering routes in New Zealand and overseas.

 

 

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, you must be competent walking in crampons, using an ice axe, have the ability to self-arrest and be to perform an avalanche rescue.

This is an intermediate level course.  Please get in contact with us before booking if you believe you have the prerequisite skills but haven’t attended any formal training.

 

Mountaineering Course location

This mountaineering course is delivered in Arthurs Pass National Park from Temple Basin lodge (see map). However, New Zealand mountain weather can be fickle so as a backup option sometimes we split the course between Arthurs Pass and The Craigieburn Range (see map).  Having flexibility in course location ensures you will get the most of your time with us.

 

Access to the snow

It’s a short walk up to the accommodation and training location at Temple Basin. A goods lift will even carry your gear up to the lodge.  Our courses do not require “fly-in” access to reach the snow. Our courses are delivered in the mountains, not stuck in a base lodge waiting for a weather window.

*Fly-in access requires good weather as choppers can’t fly in high winds or poor visibility.

 

Accommodation

Arthurs Pass Mountaineering courses
Lodge in Arthurs Pass Village

**All your accommodation is included in this mountaineering course**

 

Arthurs Pass Lodge

The first  two nights will be staying at our Lodge in Arthurs Pass Village. The lodge has bunk beds set up across three bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people. It has a kitchen stocked with utensils, cookware, fridge, ovens. You’ll also be treated to power, bathroom facilities, hot showers and heating. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillow.

 

 

 

 

Temple Basin, Arthurs Pass
Temple Basin Lodge, Arthurs Pass

Temple Basin Lodge 

On the third day, we walk up to Temple Basin alpine lodge situated high above Arthurs pass village. The lodge is very comfortable with power,  flush toilets, a drying room, heaters,  bunk rooms, and a large common room and bar.

 

Basic hut or Snow cave

One night may be spent out in a snow cave or a very basic alpine hut.

 

 

Food

Snow caving on Mountaineering course
Snow caving

The last five days are catered, the team up at Temple Basin lodge will look after the catering. You can expect a cooked breakfast, dinner and dessert, all prepared by the onsite chef.  A small shop and bar are also available to purchase refreshments and snacks.

Note: Dinner and lunch on days one and two and breakfast on day two and three are not provided.

 

 

 

 

Free Transport

 

OENZ truck in Arthurs Pass
OENZ 4×4

If you’re staying in a hotel

Free transport is available from any Christchurch accommodation if your travelling from out of town to attend one of our courses.

Meeting locations (catch a ride with us)

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

*Yaldhurst Mcdonalds 7:00 am (see on google maps)

*Darfield Bakery 7:30 am (see on google maps)

*Castle Hill Village 8:30 am (see on google maps)

Our preferred meeting location is Darfield Bakery.

 

 

TRAVELLING FROM OUT OF TOWN?

Outdoor Education New Zealand Van in Mt Cook
OENZ 12 seater van

We recommend that you arrive in Christchurch the day before your course. We have a few hotel & hostel suggestions on our FAQ’s page. Please avoid booking accommodation north or east of the city centre.  At the end of the course, we are more than happy to drop you back at your accommodation or directly to the airport.  The earliest time we can have you back at the airport is 6 pm.

 

 

Gear & equipment

You don’t need your own climbing or mountaineering 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 that you will be using in the mountains. A full gear list is available to download at the bottom of this page.

 

 

What’s Included in this mountaineering course?

 

Temple Basin mountaineering
View from Temple basin, Mt Rollistine in background

Weather & avalanche forecasts

  • Introduction to the NZ Backcountry Avalanche Advisory
  • Mountain Weather in NZ

 

Avalanche transceivers

  • Pre-trip checks
  • Wearing a transceiver
  • Coarse search techniques
  • Fine search techniques
  • Pin-point search techniques

 

 

 

Avalanche course
Avalanche training- probing

 

Probing & digging

  • Spiral Probing  technique
  • Snow Shoveling techniques
  • Team digging

 

 

Safe terrain travel 

  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Identifying terrain traps
  • Introduction to safe travel techniques

 

Rescue scenario’s

  • Buddy rescue
  • Small party rescue scenarios

 

 

Avalanche digging
Avalanche rescue digging

Crampons

  • Flat foot technique
  • front-pointing
  • mixed technique
  • down climbing

 

Ice axe

  • Holding an ice axe
  • Self-belay/plunge
  • Self-arresting
  • Two axe climbing techniques
  • Steep cutting

 

Terrain travel

  • Scrambling (un-roped travel)
  • Roped ridge travel
  • Climbing steep snow/ice

 

Snow Anchors

Mountaineering in Arthurs Pass
Basic hut, Arthurs Pass
  • Snow Stakes
  •  T-Slot
  • Vertical placements
  • Horizontal placements
  • Top clips
  • Snow Bollards

 

Ropework

  • Knots for alpine climbing
  • Alpine rock protection & rock anchors
  • Snow Anchors & Runners
  • Pitching & belaying
  • Body Belays
  • Stomp belay
  • Abseiling
  • Climbing in 2 & 3 person teams

 

Glacier Travel

Arthurs Pass mountaineering course
Descending a coulior
  • Roping up for glacier travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Simple and complex hall systems

 

Snow caving/Emergency shelters

  • Snow cave construction
  • Emergency shelters

 

Route planning

  • NZ mountaineering grading systems
  • Planning climbing routes/trips

 

 

 

 

 

How many people will be on my course?

 

We believe that small groups are better for this type of training. So we have a maximum client to instructor ratio of just four clients to one instructor. If there are six clients you will have one guide and one assistant guide, eight clients means there will be two guides and you’ll operate in two smaller groups.

 

 

Does this mountaineering course have minimum numbers?

roped up for mountaineering course
Roped up of Glacier travel

Yes, the minimum number for the course to proceed at the advertised price is two clients. We won’t cancel your course if we don’t meet minumum numbers though, instead, we will offer you the following options:

a.) A shorter private course with 1-1 tuition – e.g. with one person we can cover the course content much faster, so far fewer days are needed.

b.) You will be offered to continue with the course as planned and cover the extra cost.

c.) We can transfer you to another date when the course is running again.

Note: In the unlikely event that the course length is shortened due to insufficient numbers. We will provide accommodation for you in Arthurs Pass Village for the full duration of your original booking. ie. any extra time following the course being shortened.

 

 

 

 

 


Course downloads

 

Gear List
Course Outline

 

 

 

 

 


 

SEE WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY

 

“Thanks for such a phenomenal week, honestly was a lifetime experience, learned heaps, gained enough confidence to go into the mountains and give stuff a go! Can’t thank you enough.” -Joel Balmer, Christchurch, NZ

*Minimum 2 people needed to run a course

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8:00am to 4:00pm