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3 DAY

QUEENSTOWN

MOUNTAINEERING

COURSE

3 day mountaineering & climbing course based on the Remarkables mountain range.

The Queenstown Mountaineering Course is a 3 day climbing course for climbers wanting an introduction to mountaineering.

Our Queenstown Mountaineering Course is based on the Remarkables, a perfect venue for introductory mountaineering. The Remarkables offer everything from easy snow slopes through to steep & technical snow, ice, and rock climbing.

For this course you will be based in your own accomodation in Queenstown. Each morning the guide will pick you up from your accomodation and you will make the short drive up to the Remarkables. From here there is easy access to a wide variety of instruction venues and climbing objectives.

We believe at Queenstown Mountain Guides that the best way to learn climbing skills is by climbing. With 3 days there is enough time to make an ascent of Single Cone and learn skills.  This will be an exciting and action packed 3 days.

COURSE SKILLS SYLLABUS

  • Modern climbing technique
  • Rope skills and belaying
  • Abseiling
  • Climbing knots
  • Ice axe use
  • Self arresting
  • Belaying/rope skills
  • Cramponing
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice climbing
  • Avalanche awareness and avalanche rescue skills
  • Snow anchors
  • Rock anchors

LOCATION

Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown.

MEETING POINT & TIME

8.30am. Queenstown Mountain Guides office. Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd, Queenstown.

ITINERARY

This is based on a past 3 Day Queenstown Mountaineering Course. Every day in the mountains is unique. Different weather and conditions, and the time of year that you do the trip will have an affect on the daily itinerary. Each day the guide will assess the weather and conditions and make a plan to get the most from the day.

Day 1

Meet at the Queenstown Mountain Guides office at 8.30am and discuss the plan for the trip. From here it is a 30 minute drive to the top of the Remarkables Ski area road. From the vehicle it is a 30 minute walk to get to Lake Alta, this area is a perfect instruction venue for the first day. We spend our day working on basic snow craft skills. After the basic snow craft lesson we will learn about anchor building and belaying a lead climber and the seconder.

Day 2

The focus of day is rope work, belaying, and anchor building. The goal is to learn by doing and as part of this day we plan to climb an alpine route so you can see these skills in action. A possible climb on this day is the Telecom Tower. For strong climbers you will have the opportunity to lead on snow, ice and rock.

Day 3

The best way to learn mountaineering and climbing skills is to move through mountaineering terrain. The goal for day 3 is to climb a route on Single Cone. On this day you will have a chance to put the skills you have learnt on the previous 2 days into use under the guidance of your instructor. 

3 DAY MOUNTAINEERING COURSE

1 to 4 people
3 days*
$1,050
All year

* If only 1 client is booked on the course it will be shortened to 2 days.

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

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PRIVATE COURSE

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3 days$1,850$1,050$950$950

INCLUSIONS

  • Guide fees
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment

    EXCLUSIONS

    • Personal equipment & clothing
    • Lunch & snack food
    • Accomodation for the trip duration

    TRIP NOTES

    Experience required

    For this trip, the minimum requirement is that you have an intermediate level of fitness and an interest in learning mountaineering skills. No previous mountaineering experience is required.

    Clothing & equipment

    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.

    Accomodation during the trip

    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.

    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.

    From Queenstown it is a 30 minute drive to the top of the Remarkables Ski area road. From here the high alpine climbing areas are easily approached. We like to think of the Remarkables Mountain range as the southern hemispheres equivalent of Chamonix and the easily accessed climbing. 

    Guide to participant ratios

    We operate at a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 4 participants when alpine climbing in the Remarkables. 

    Climber on the summit of Single Cone Remarkables
    Climbing course Queenstown
    Alpine rock climbing on 3 day mountaineering course
    Climbing on the west face Remarkables above Queenstown

    A fantastic week with Mike after our plans changed due to Sth Island weather. As there was just the two of us Mike as able to adapt his training methods to address our needs, strengths and weaknesses and helped us improve across the board. Mike is a very experienced climber and guide and helped bring our skills up to the level we wanted to be able to climb higher and harder technical ascents. It was also a highly enjoyable week with quite a few laughs and a lot of fun.

    I highly recommend QMG to anyone who wants a flexible, intuitive, experienced guide to help you improve your skills and get the ascents you want. We will definitely be climbing with you again. 🙂

    Peter M, Australia

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    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.

    JOIN A GROUP TRIP

    REQUEST A PRIVATE TRIP/COURSE

    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.

    Man in green jacket standing in skis
    Mountain hut
    Digging into snow
    Man skiing by rocky mountain

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