2 day Alpine Training August 7, 2021

A two-day introductory mountaineering course for alpine hiking and climbing.

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2 Day Mountaineering Course

 

An introductory mountaineering course for people who would like to explore the mountains safely. Spend the weekend learning about crampons, ice axes, self-arresting and trip planning. Learn skills on day-1,  then refine them while attempting a summit on day-2.

**This is our most popular alpine training course if you only have the weekend free.  Prior experience is not necessary**

 

 

COURSE LOCATION

This course is delivered in the Craigieburn Range, close to Castle Hill village. The course starts in Darfield (30 mins from Christchurch) at 7:30 am. We access the snow at Broken River or Mt Cheeseman ski field and drive to our lodge in  Arthurs Pass at the end of the first day. The exact location for the second day will be decided by the group and your instructor during the trip planning session and will vary depending on local weather and snow conditions.

The course finishes at 4 pm in Arthurs Pass or Castle Hill village  (approx 1.5-2hrs from Christchurch airport).

 

 

ACCOMMODATION (INCLUDED)

The Lodge in Arthurs Pass Village

 

This course is based out of our lodge in Arthur’s Pass Village. The lodge has bunk beds set up across 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 20 people. It has a kitchen stocked with utensils, cookware, fridge, ovens. You will also be treated to power, bathroom facilities, hot showers and heating. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag, pillow and food.

 

**Your accommodation is included**

 

 

 

 

GEAR & EQUIPMENT

All you will need for this course is waterproof boots and normal outdoor clothing. We will supply all the mountaineering and avalanche equipment for you if you don’t have your own.  You can find a packing list and course outline at the bottom of this page.

 

 

FOOD

Food is not provided on this course. We recommend packing plenty of snacks and lunches that do not require cooking. The lodge has a full kitchen & fridge that you are welcome to use. Alternatively, the local pub in Arthurs Pass serves basic meals and refreshments.

 

 

FREE TRANSPORT

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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 have your own car and want a lift we can meet you 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.

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OENZ 12 seat Van

 

 

TRAVELLING FROM OUT OF TOWN?

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.

 

 

 

THIS MOUNTAINEERING COURSE INCLUDES

Summit on day 2 – Hamilton Peak

 

Alpine Skills 

 

Using crampons

  • Front pointing
  • Flat foot technique
  • Mixed technique
  • Downclimbing

 

 

Ice axe

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View from the Craigieburn Range
  • Selecting an axe
  • Holding an ice axe
  • step cutting

 

Movement skills (footwork)

  • Edging
  • Pigeon-holing
  • Plunging

 

Self Arresting

  • Self-belay/plunge technique
  • Stopping a slide

 

Emergency shelters

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  • Portable shelters

 

Trip planning and route selection

  • Understanding the NZ mountain guide books
  • Plan and develop a route for day 2
  • Applying safe travel techniques.

 

 

 

 

 


COURSE DOWNLOADS

 

Course Outline
Gear List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


See what our clients have to say

 

“Fantastic team at OENZ. Excellent fun and learning with a great group of like minded people. Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and the skills will inevitably allow greater access to our beautiful country. Highly recommend.” – Rob Kidd, Dunedin.

“Good knowledgeable trainer, easy to approach and & ask questions. Very much enjoyed!” – Alice Cambal, Hokitika.

“Back from an awesome introduction to alpine skills weekend. Al and Martin were great at using the available snow and weather to create a weekend that fitted in with our interests. Great fun and great learning.” -Richard Dove, Christchurch.

“The 2 day alpine skills course was absolutely incredible – great communication, excellent instructor (Alan) and just a wonderful time spent in the mountains! Highly recommended!” -Catherine Howley, Auckland.

*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

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Other Course Dates

  • 10 Oct 20
  • 26 Jun 21
  • 10 Jul 21
  • 15 Jul 21
  • 24 Jul 21
  • 12 Aug 21
  • 21 Aug 21
  • 28 Aug 21
  • 11 Sep 21
  • 16 Sep 21

Course Timing

7:30am to 4:00pm