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MT ASPIRING
CLIMBING COURSE
& ASCENT

The Mt Aspiring Climbing Course & Ascent is a 7 day course that includes an ascent of Mt Aspiring 3033m.

The Mt Aspiring Climbing Course & Ascent is a 7 day course that includes an ascent of Mt Aspiring 3033m. The focus of this course is learning snow and ice climbing skills, and learning about mountaineering on glaciated terrain.

This course will teach you the skills needed to safely make an ascent of Mt Aspiring. We recommend this course to clients that would like to quickly gain enough experience to continue on to climbing other significant peaks like Mt Cook.

The Mt Aspiring Climbing Course & Ascent trip is based from Colin Todd hut underneath the NW ridge of Mt Aspiring. This hut is accessed by a helicopter flight into Bevan Col and from here a 1.5 hour walk across the Bonar Glacier to the hut. We will base ourselves from the hut for the week and make day trips on the slopes of Mt Aspiring and the surrounding peaks.

A good level of fitness is required for this course. No previous mountaineering experience is required for this course however we do recommend that clients have some experience with rock climbing and basic rope work so you can get the most the course and have greater chance of success on Mt Aspiring.

INSTRUCTION TOPICS MAY INCLUDE

  • Climbing knots
  • Ice axe use & climbing techniques
  • Cramponing technique on easy, moderate, and steep terrain
  • Self arresting
  • Belaying & rope skills
  • Glacier Travel
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Rock climbing
  • Ice climbing

    LOCATION

    The Mt Aspiring Climbing Course & Ascent is based from Colin Todd Hut underneath the NW ridge of Mt Aspiring. The hut is accessed by a helicopter flight into Bevan Col and then a 1.5 hour walk across the Bonar Glacier.

    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.

    ITINERARY

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

    Day 1

    We will meet you at 8.30am at your accommodation. After introductions we will go through the equipment and clothing list to make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. As it is a 1.5 hour walk to the hut and a walk out at the end of the trip we recommend that you stick as closely as possible to the packing list to keep your pack as light as possible. After the gear check we will drive to the Matukituki valley road end where we will do a helicopter safety briefing before we fly into Bevan Col.

    On Bevan col we will have a introductory lesson on ice axe use and crampon use, this will be a good introduction and give you enough skills to safely walk across the Bonar Glacier and climb up to Colin Todd Hut. Before departing we will also show you how to rope up for glacier travel, a skill that we will continue to teach every time that we head into glaciated mountain terrain.

    Please note that sometimes it is not possible to fly into the mountains on the first day because of the weather. We will fly in at the first possible opportunity. If we are delayed we will spend this time learning rope work, glacier travel, and climbing skills at a rock climbing area.

    Day 2

    Today we will head out onto the glacier and surrounding slopes and learn foundation mountaineering skills. Todays lessons will include climbing knots, Ice axe use & climbing techniques, cramponing technique on easy, moderate, and steep terrain, self arresting, belaying & rope skills, and glacier travel.

    Day 3

    Today we will make an ascent of Mt Rolling Pin 2249m. This peak requires glacier travel, and snow and ice climbing skills and is a good climb to practice the skills we will need to climb Mt Aspiring. On the climb we will have great views of Mt Aspiring and the full NW ridge route.

    Day 4

    We awake in the morning to the sound of gale force winds and rain outside the hut. It is a welcome rest day after a few days of mountaineering and a good chance to rest a tired body before we make an attempt at the Mt Aspiring summit. After a leisurely breakfast we can use the rest of the day to work on rope work skills inside the sanctuary of the hut. The wether forecast is for good weather tomorrow so we prepare our packs for tomorrows Mt Aspiring climb.

    Day 5

    We awake at 3am and are on the glacier moving upwards towards the base of Mt Aspiring by 4am. We make an early start on the mountain to make the most of the good conditions on the glacier and mountain in the morning. Its a 6 hour climb to the summit of Mt Aspiring and we are standing on the top by 10am. Taking in the incredible views its a great feeling to realise your goal of summiting Aspiring. Its a 5-6 hour descent off the mountain making for a total of 10-14 hours of climbing on the mountain.

    Day 6

    The next weather system is starting to move in so we start our walk out of the mountains early. Todays route will take us either across the Bonar Glacier to the Quarterdeck pass and then down to French Ridge Hut or across the Bonar Glacier and down through Bevan Col to Aspiring Hut.

    Day 7

    Today we will complete the walk out to the road end from Aspiring or French Ridge Hut. At the end of the trail our vehicle is waiting for the drive home and a well deserved shower and beer!

    MT ASPIRING CLIMBING COURSE

    1 to 2 people
    7 days
    $6,300
    Mid October to April

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

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    INCLUSIONS

    • Guide fees
    • Aircraft access fees
    • Technical equipment hire
    • Hut fees
    • Meals and snacks
    • Ground transport
    • Group equipment

    EXCLUSIONS

    • Personal equipment & clothing
    • Optional flight out at end of trip
    • Accomodation in Queenstown & Wanaka

    TRIP NOTES

    Experience required

    For this trip, the minimum requirement is that you have a good level of fitness and an interest in learning climbing & mountaineering skills. Previous rock climbing experience and basic rope work skills are recommended.

    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

    In the mountains we will stay in Colin Todd Hut.  This dormitory style hut is basic & cosy and provides good shelter form the elements. 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.

    Accomodation in Queenstown  before or after the trip is not included in trip costs. To organise accomodation before and after the course we recommend www.booking.com here you will find a wide range of accomodation depending on your preferred style and budget.

    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 6.00am. On summit day you will be required to start early to make the most of the safe frozen early morning conditions and quick glacier travel. A typical wake up time is 3.00am on summit day.

    On any poor weather days it is possible to learn skills inside the hut – for example cliff and 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.

    Aircraft access & egress
    On the Mount Aspiring Climb the cost of the flight into Bevan Col is included in the cost of the trip. From Bevan Col it is a 1 – 1.5 hour walk across the Bonar Glacier to get to Colin Todd Hut.  From Colin Todd hut it is a 1.5 day walk out down through the spectacular Matukituki valley. Flying out from Bevan Col is also an option if you would like to extend your time in the high alpine area. The cost of a flight out is additional to the cost of the trip.
    Guide to participant ratios

    The guide to participant ratio on Mt Aspiring is 1 client to 1 guide. We only guide Mt Aspiring at a 1:1 guide/cleint ratio to operate at a high safety level and to help maximise your chance of sucessfully summitting Mt Aspiring.

    Climbing NW ridge Mt Aspiring
    NW ridge Mt Aspiring
    Standing on the summit of Mt Aspiring
    Guided climb Mt Aspiring

    TRIP TITLE

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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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    1 to 2 people
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