The Southern Alps of New Zealand are wild and pristine with varied and diverse climbing challenges - sufficient to provide any climber with countless years of worthy objectives. Adventure Consultants is based in the small alpine town of Wanaka, nestled beneath these rugged mountains.
The mountain environment here is often demanding. We are faced with challenging weather conditions, heavily glaciated mountains and steep alpine faces. Yet it is from this setting that great climbers are forged and where our internationally recognised guiding operation has its roots. At Adventure Consultants, we relish these mountains and this is reflected in the innovative and passionate way that we operate our personalised climbing and instructional programs.
We offer a range of courses for all levels including:
ALPINE EXPEDITION COURSE
• Expedition-focused course instructed by veteran Himalayan guides
• Remote terrain with focus towards climber self-sufficiency
This course has been designed to provide you with the skills necessary to prepare yourself for expedition climbing. The AEC is run by some of the world’s leading alpinists and is directed towards fit and motivated people who have their sights set on expedition climbing. It is structured so you develop self-reliance and a mentally robust attitude.
Experience is imperative before tackling major ascents and this course is designed to help you navigate your way towards safe and successful climbing practices so you can embark upon more demanding ascents within New Zealand and take those first steps towards your Himalayan objectives.
ALPINE CLIMBING COURSE
• New Zealand’s premier alpine climbing course
• Extending climbers to higher levels and consolidating techniques
This is New Zealand’s premier alpine instruction course. It has been developed by New Zealand’s pre-eminent guides for people with a desire to learn the latest and most relevant alpine climbing techniques.
We operate in Mt Cook, Westland and Mt Aspiring National Parks and we will run the course where conditions are best at the time. You will gain experience on a variety of alpine routes, and upon the successful completion of the ACC you will have learnt safe climbing practices and be capable of utilising your skills to attempt ascents of many of the superb peaks within the New Zealand mountains, and further afield.
MOUNTAINEERING INSTRUCTION COURSE
• Learn contemporary mountaineering skills & glacier travel
• Follow on with a guided ascent or Alpine Climbing Course
This course is designed to navigate your way towards safe and successful climbing practices for the high and glaciated mountains of New Zealand.
We focus on the development of your skills at a pace that suits you and along the way you will consolidate those skills by climbing peaks. You don’t need to have climbed before - all you need is the desire to learn new skills in a truly spectacular environment!
If you want to learn what alpine mountaineering is about whilst you learn the skills that will keep you safe and give your mountaineering career a solid foundation, then the
MIC is ideal for you.
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION COURSE
• Focus specifically on the skills that you require
Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most qualified and experienced climbers and instructors on our Private Instruction Course programme.
Private instruction courses give you the option to advise us of your preferred itinerary and course content, and we will work with you to design an appropriate and stimulating course format.
Whether you aspire to further your skill base through a course in a specific discipline such as ice climbing, or you require individual attention from your guide to develop skills at your own pace, private instruction courses are the best option. These courses are ideal for individuals or groups of two or more and past course participants have enjoyed dramatic improvements in their climbing standards.
MT ASPIRING COURSE & ASCENT
• Learn to climb, and climb Mt Aspiring, on the same trip
A sure-fire way to get started as a climber. This programme is for strong outdoor enthusiasts who would like to incorporate a personalised instruction course followed by an ascent of New Zealand’s most alluring mountain; Mt Aspiring. The course begins with a focused instruction programme to help you develop the techniques required for ascents of this nature. This is followed by the ascent of the mountain with your guide by one of the superb alpine routes.
7 SUMMITS TRAINING COURSE
• Instructed by seasoned Himalayan guides
Set yourself up with the skills to climb the Seven Summits. This high-quality private instruction course is tailored to suit Seven Summits aspirants.
The course can be geared to introduce you to the art of mountaineering and/or fine tune your existing skills to prepare you for the adventures ahead. Some of the skills you will develop include ascending fixed ropes, snow camping, crampon and ice-axe skills, ladder crossing and general mountain movement. The courses are run by our experienced Himalayan guides on one of New Zealand’s high mountain glaciated areas.
ICE CLIMBING COURSE
• Expedition camp, right at the ice crags, helicopter flight to base
Learn all the skills you need to climb steep ice on our specialised ice climbing course in the best ice climbing area in the country! This high-octane, five day clinic focuses on developing lead climbing skills and you can expect to learn all the current ice climbing techniques by the end of the course with our specialist ice climbing instructors. The skills you learn will fill in all the gaps and enable you to confidently tackle steep ice on big alpine routes. The fun begins with a helicopter flight into our expedition tent camp where you will be based for the duration of the course. Each day you walk only a few minutes to the ice routes - one of the reasons this is recognised as the premier ice climbing course in New Zealand!