5 Day Summer Alpine Climbing Course
Our 5-day summer alpine climbing is based in Arthurs Pass and covers all the essential skills for climbing in the mountains in summer.
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 9:00 am in Arthurs Pass and after dropping our luggage at the goods lift we make way up to the Lodge. The lodge sits at 1400m and requires approx. 40min-1hr walk to get there.
We encourage participants to carpool from Christchurch, Darfield or Springfield where possible. 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 Temple Basin Ski Field.
What’s the accommodation like?
We will be staying in the 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.
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.
When is the next course?
Summer alpine climbing courses run from November to March each year. visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates or create your own private or custom course on a date that works for you. Please contact our friendly team if you’re interested in private training or custom courses.
“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
- Interpreting NZ climbing guides
- Planning & route selection
- Choosing and Packing gear
- Applying safe travel techniques
- Lead climbing & belaying
- Placing protection
- Building anchors
- Essential climbing knots
Safe travel technics
- Scrambling unroped
- Scrambling with ropes
- Ridge travel using ropes
- Safe travel in teams of 2 or 3
- Prussicing up & down ropes
- Lowering off an injured climber
- Abseiling with an injured climber
- Mt Temple
- Phipps Peak
- Mt Cassidy
- Mt Blimit
- Strong groups may also attempt Mt Philistine or Mt Rollestine.
* This is the early bird booking price standard rates available on course calendar.