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CLIMBING

Climb New Zelands highest mountains. 

MOUNTAINEERING ASCENTS

Queenstown Mountain Guides specialise in privately guided climbs of Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Mitre Peak and other significant New Zealand mountains. From our home base in Queenstown we operate trips to the Mt Cook areas, the Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers, the Mt Aspiring National Park, and the Darran Mountains.

Mt Earnslaw

Mt Earnslaw

Climbing the East Peak of Mt Earnslaw (2835m) from the Rees valley is a classic New Zealand mountaineering trip and a great mountain to progress your mountaineering skills.

Mt Earnslaw is not a technical mountaineering objective like Mt Aspiring or Mt Cook but it does require a good level of fitness and will physically challenge any mountaineer. Unlike other classic New Zealand climbing expeditions a helicopter is not used on this trip so all equipment and food needs to be carried by the climbing party.

5 Day Mountaineering Expedition

5 Day Mountaineering Expedition

The 5 day Mountaineering expedition is for climbers looking to climb premier New Zealand mountaineering objectives. This could be ascents of classic New Zealand 3000m peaks or technical alpine routes. Choose a specific objective or go with the guides advice and where the best conditions and weather will be for the trip duration.

Mitre Peak

Mitre Peak

Knife edge ridges and huge exposure climbing high above Milford Sound with incredible views of the spectacular Fiordland mountains. Come and climb Mitre Peak with Queenstown Mountain Guides... its an unforgettable adventure and one of our favourite mountains to climb!

Mt Aspiring

Mt Aspiring

Mt Aspiring is one of the most classic alpine peaks in New Zealand and it is also known as the 'the Matterhorn of the South,' for its pyramidal appearance when seen from the the Matukituki valley. Mt Aspiring is suitable for climbers with some previous snow and ice mountaineering experience.

Mt Cook

Mt Cook

Aoraki Mt Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain at 3724m. Mt Cook is a prized international summit and world class mountaineering objective suitable for experienced alpine climbers. A typical ascent of Mt Cook takes between 15 to hours via the Linda Glacier route climbed from Plateau Hut.

MOUNTAINEERING COURSES

We offer a variety of mountaineering courses for beginner through to advanced climbers. Our beginner courses will teach you the basic mountaineering skills of rock climbing, snow and ice climbing, safety skills and use of equipment, and rope work.

Our advanced courses will take you climbing on some of the amazing big routes in the New Zealand southern alps. You will learn lead climbing skills for multi-pitch alpine and rock terrain. We can help you develop your climbing skills so you can get to the next level.

Advanced Climbing Course

Advanced Climbing Course

The Advanced Climbing Course is for participants with previous climbing experience. The focus of this course is lead climbing and we aim to climb as many peaks as possible on the course. Skills taught on the course include lead climbing techniques, rope work and anchors for multi-pitch climbing on snow, ice, and rock, glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills.

New Zealand Mountaineering Course

New Zealand Mountaineering Course

The New Zealand Mountaineering Course is a beginner to intermediate climbing course for learning modern mountaineering skills. The goal of the course is to teach participants how to safely climb independently in high mountain areas and on glaciers. the course covers an introduction to equipment, climbing techniques, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue as well as other essential skills for mountaineering.

Mt Aspring Course and Ascent

Mt Aspring Course and Ascent

The Mt Aspiring Course and Ascent is a 7 day mountaineering expedition that includes a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring. Get snow, ice, rock, and glacier mountaineering experience with the goal of climbing a significant New Zealand 3000m peak.

3 Day Queenstown Mountaineering Course

3 Day Queenstown Mountaineering Course

The Queenstown Mountaineering Course is a 3 day course for climbers wanting an introduction to mountaineering. On this course you will learn mountaineering and climbing skills on snow, ice and rock. Learn about and become confident in the use of climbing equipment such as harnesses, belay and abseil devices, carabiners. Develop your knowledge of rope work skills and gain a love of climbing.

REMARKABLES CLIMBING

The Remarkables mountain range tower above Queenstown and are known as the “Chamonix of the South.” The Remarkables offer easy access and huge amount of climbing options in both the summer and winter seasons. The Remarkables are located  further to the east of the main divide of New Zealands southern Alps so are more sheltered from New Zealands famous weather.

Remarkables Grand Traverse

Remarkables Grand Traverse

The Grand Traverse of Single and Double Cone is one of the most classic single day alpine routes in New Zealand climbing. The steep, exposed and sustained ridge line provides excellent rock climbing on with incredible views 2000m down the west face of the Remarkables to Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. The eastern side of the ridge line is almost as spectacular as you climb high above Lake Alta.

Single Cone Climb

Single Cone Climb

Single Cone is a classic Queenstown climbing experience. The guided Single Cone climb by the standard south ridge is suitable for first time climbers wanting to experience an exhilarating day of climbing and experience the incredible views from the summit of the Remarkables.

ROCK CLIMBING

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most popular climbing destinations with the local climbing areas offer high quality rock and spectacular mountain backdrops. The Remarkables mountain range offer easy access to classic and spectacular multi-pitch rock climbing. Close to Queenstown the Darran mountains is the home to New Zealand’s best alpine rock climbing with world class steep granite faces and soaring alpine ridge lines.

2 Day Lead Climbing Course

2 Day Lead Climbing Course

Learn to lead climb in Queenstown. For many climbers the most challenging and potentially dangerous challenge is making the transition into lead climbing. There are so many new skills to learn and become proficient at to remain safe at all times. The 2 day Lead Climbing Course will give you the skills to safely and successfully lead single pitch bolted climbs while continuing to develop your movement on rock skills.

2 Day Outdoor Rock Climbing Course

2 Day Outdoor Rock Climbing Course

The 2 Day Outdoor Rock Climbing Course is course for anyone that wants to learn how to climb outdoors. We have designed a course to teach you foundation rock climbing skills. No previous climbing experience is necessary. The focus of the 2 day course is on teaching skills to safely enjoy climbing in the outdoors. On this course you will learn the most current techniques and protocols under the supervision and support of an expert climbing instructor.

New Zealand Alpine Rock Climbing

New Zealand Alpine Rock Climbing

Darran Mountains multi-pitch New Zealand alpine rock climbing. The Darrans offer multi-pitch alpine rock routes and world class steep and exposed classic alpine rock ridge lines in an incredible setting. These alpine rock routes are sought after New Zealand rock climbing classics.

Remarkables Alpine Rock Climbing

Remarkables Alpine Rock Climbing

Queenstown Alpine Rock Climbing on the Remarkables mountain range. The Remarkables offers excellent multi-pitch alpine rock climbing and a variety of different styles and grades of climbing to suit all levels. Options include steep multi-pitch climbs to reach the summit of single and double cone, through to easy scrambles on warm rock in the sun taking in the views on offer in this amazing alpine environment.

Queenstown Rock Climbing

Queenstown Rock Climbing

Enjoy a full day rock climbing at one of our local climbing areas, climbing some of the best single pitch routes the area has to offer. The Queenstown rock climbing area is known for its good quality rock and incredible scenery with lake and mountain views from the climbing areas.

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Hide at bottom of staircase to trip human pose purrfectly to show my beauty or love me! this human feeds me, i should be a god. Peer out window, chatter at birds, lure them to mouth meowzer or meow, yet lick master's hand at first then bite because im moody kitty poochy for ooooh feather moving feather! 

Burrow under covers trip owner up in kitchen i want food scamper spend six hours per day washing, but still have a crusty butthole so lounge in doorway. Slap the dog because cats rule plays league of legends. Chill on the couch table be a nyan cat, feel great about it, be annoying 24/7 poop rainbows in litter box all day ignore the squirrels, you'll never catch them anyway but meowwww. Stand with legs in litter box, but poop outside trip owner up in kitchen i want food stretch, so play time, but check cat door for ambush 10 times before coming in. Mice.

Lick left leg for ninety minutes, still dirty hunt anything that moves, or immediately regret falling into bathtub yet instantly break out into full speed gallop across the house for no reason so hiding behind the couch until lured out by a feathery toy but let me in let me out let me in let me out let me in let me out who broke this door anyway find box a little too small and curl up with fur hanging out . Sweet beast.

INSTRUCTION TOPICS MAY INCLUDE

  • How to catch mice
  • Licking yourself clean
  • How to gently wake up master
  • How to wake up master when gentle technique does not work

POSSIBLE DESCENTS

  • Minarets (3040m) 800m + ski descent
  • Elie De Beaumont (3,109m) 800 m + ski descent
  • Pioneer to Chancellor Hut 1000m ski descent
  • Hochsetter Dome (2810m) 500m+ ski descent
  • Murchison Headwall descent to Murchison Hut
  • Mt Hamilton, Bonney Glacier, and Turnbull Glaciers 700m + ski descent
  • Whataroa Saddle and Mannering Glacier, Aida Glacier, Mount Cooper 800m + ski descent

LOCATION

Pisa Range near Queenstown and Wanaka

MEETING POINT & TIME

Your guide will meet with you at 8.30am on the first day of the trip at your accomodation. Alternatively, you are welcome to come to our office at Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd in Queenstown.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions.

Day 1

On the first morning of the camp we will meet at 8.30am at our office in Queenstown. We will discuss current snow & mountain conditions and look at the weather forecast for the trip. The final decision on the camp location will be decided by the guide and based on the location that will provide the best conditions for the week.

Your guide will check through all of your equipment and make sure you have everything you need for the trip. After the equipment check we will travel to the mountains. This will take approximately 2.5 depending on the location of the trip. Once we arrive at the location we will fly into the mountains at the first opportunity.

Day2

Exciting things to do on day 2.

Day 3

More exciting things to do on day 3 before packing up and going home.

SKI MOUNTAINEERING COURSE

3 - 4 people

6 days

$2,700

July to late September

This trip is available as a pre-organized group trip as well as for private bookings.

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PRIVATE TRIPS

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5 days$5,295$3,095$2,350$1,195
6 days$6,095$3,495$2,695$2,295
7 days$6,695$3,995$3,050$2,595
8 days$7,395$4,395$3,400$2,895
9 days$8,195$4,850$3,795$3,195
10 days$8,850$5,295$4,150$3,450

INCLUSIONS

  • Guide fees
  • Flights into and out of the mountains
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Avalance transceiver, shovel, probe
  • Text book 'Avalanche Awareness in the New Zealand Backcountry' by Penny Goddard
  • MSC Backcountry Avalanche Qualification
  • MSC Backcountry Avalanche Qualification
  • Hut fees
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment
  • Department of Conservation concession fees
  • Meals and snacks

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Ski touring skis & boot hire

TRIP NOTES

Experience required

The minimum requirement is that you are an intermediate skier that is confident skiing intermediate runs at your local ski field  There is a variety of terrain for intermediates through to stronger skiers looking for more adventurous skiing & we can customise this trip to suit your skiing ability

What to bring
Clothing & equipment

Skiing & climbing in the New Zealand mountains requires that you have high quality equipment and clothing due to the extremes of weather we experience. Please ensure you look carefully at our equipment checklist. At the start of the trip your guide will go through your equipment and make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. Please organise to have your extra equipment stored at your accomodation for the duration of the trip.

It is important that you keep as close as possible to the equipment checklist. The focus is on ensuring that you have the equipment you need, but also on keeping your pack as light as possible. If your guide is meeting you at your accomodation for the start of the trip it would be helpful if you have all your equipment and clothing organised and laid out in a logical fashion so they can check that everyone has the right equipment and clothing for the trip.

Ski touring equipment and split boards can be hired from Small Planet Outdoors, 17 Shotover St, Queenstown. For snowboarders Queenstown Mountain Guides rents snow shoes for $25 per day that can be used as an alternative to a split board setup.

Accomodation during the trip

In the mountains you will stay in mountains huts. These dormitory style huts are cosy and provide good shelter form the elements, they are all located in spectacular locations, but they are also basic. The huts have water, cooking facilities, a mountain radio, and a bunk area with individual mattresses. There are no showers or electrical sockets for recharging.

For overnights in Mt Cook village & Fox Glacier we will stay in the New Zealand Alpine Club huts. These dormitory style huts have shared bathroom facilities.

Accomodation in Queenstown before or after the trip is not included in trip costs.

To organise accomodation in Queenstown, we recommend www.booking.com. Here you will find a wide range of accomodation depending on your preferred style and budget. The cost of accomodation in Queenstown is not included in your trip costs.

Daily trip logistics

Every day in the mountains is different with changing weather, snowpack, and access conditions. When you book your trip with Queenstown Mountain Guides we will discuss your goals for the trip and the general plan. When you meet with your guide on the first morning of your trip your guide will discuss with you the weather forecast and current conditions and make a final plan for the trip. It is best to be flexible so we can ensure that you will make the most of your time with us.

At the start of the trip we will fly into the mountains at the first possible opportunity.

Each day in the mountains will typically start at 7.00am. On some days we may start earlier, for example if we have a serious ski mountaineering objective that requires an early start.

On any poor weather days it is possible to learn skills inside the hut - for example crevasse rescue, navigation, weather theory, avalanche awareness.

On the final day of the trip we will aim to have you back in Queenstown by approximately 5.00pm.

Guide to participant ratios

The maximum guide to participant ratio that we ski guide in glaciated at is 1 guide to 4 participants. In glaciated terrain groups larger than 4 participants require an extra guide. In non glaciated terrain we can run trips with 6 participants to 1 guide.

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Mountain hut
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Man skiing by rocky mountain

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