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REMARKABLES
ALPINE ROCK CLIMBING

Steep quality schist crags and scenic alpine lakes make the Remarkables a classic multipitch alpine rock climbing venue.

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.

Most climbing area can be reached within an hours hike of the access road making this an ideal venue for single day climbing trips or multi-day climbing trips based from a spectacular campsite in an alpine meadow close to Lake Alta.

The Lake Alta Slabs are Queenstown Mountain Guides favourite multi-pitch alpine rock climbing areas. The lake Alta slabs are distinguished by excellent rock quality and spectacular views of Lake Alta and the surround Remarkable’s Range. This area has 3 pitch climbs from grade 15-19. Descent is by abseil back to the base of the climbs.

The east face of Single Cone offers classic alpine rock with good traditional gear placements and a trip to the summit of Single Cone. The routes on the east face of Single Cone are NZ 12 to 16.

DB EH? is a super classic 5 pitch grade 17 on the east buttress of Double Cone. Strong previous climbing experience on naturally protected alpine routes is needed before attempting this route. Climbing with a pack containing food, water, jacket and shoes is needed to succeed on this route so you should be comfortable seconding grade 19-20.

The classic north east buttress of Single Cone is a multi-pitch rock route leading to the summit of Single Cone. The route involves steep and exposed scrambling high above Lake Alta with some pitches of steeper rock. This is an excellent alternative to the standard ascent route on Single Cone if you are looking for a more interesting and challenging climb.

LOCATION

Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown.

MEETING POINT & TIME

8.00am. Your guide will meet with you at 8.00am at your accomodation. Alternatively, you are welcome to come to our office at Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd in Queenstown.

TRIP DURATION

Approximately 8 hours

BAD WEATHER POLICY

If we cannot operate the trip because of bad weather we will operate the trip on the next good weather day.

OUR DAY

Our guide will meet you at your accommodation at 8:00am and after introductions  will check your clothing and equipment.

From Queenstown its a short drive to the carpark on the Remarkables, from here we load our gear into our packs and start the hike towards the very scenic Lake Alta. Lake Alta is surrounded by steep crags and is the access way to the Remarkables alpine rock climbing areas. From lake Alta you can access the Lake Alta Slabs, the east buttress of Double Cone, and the north east buttress of Single Cone.

We generally leave most of our equipment at the base of the route we are climbing, if the route is long and requires a walk off then you will climb with a pack containing food, water, jacket, and shoes. Carrying extra equipment is one of the challenges of climbing an alpine rock route.

You can expect to be back at the carpark by 4:00pm and back at your accomodation by 5:00pm.

REMARKABLES ALPINE ROCK CLIMBING

1 to 2 people
1 to 2 days
From $385
December to April

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INCLUSIONS

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

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Lunch & snack food

TRIP NOTES

Experience required

You should have some previous outdoor rock climbing experience.

What to bring

In addition to the clothing and equipment you will need to bring food and snacks for the day, and enough water for the day. The amount of water you will require will depend on your personal hydration habits. As a guideline we recommend a minimum of 1.5 litres of water.

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.

Guide to participant ratios

The maximum guide to participant ratio for Remarkables Alpine Rock Climbing is 2 participants to 1 guide. On more difficult climbs the maximum guide to client ratio is 1:1.

Climbing on the east face of Double Cone Remarkables
Belaying above Lake Alta
Climbing on the Telecom Tower, west face Remarkables
Multi-pitch climbing on schist rock on the Remarkables in Queenstown

My husband and I booked a day trip with queenstown mountain guides on our last full day in NZ. I highly recommend going with this company for a personalized experience that Is not only going to meet your expectations, but absolutely exceed them. Our guide, Chris, was highly knowledgeable about the terrain, techniques, history of the area, and about safety. Chris made sure that he assessed our climbing ability before allowing us to climb and ensured we were properly equipped. For example) we ran into 2 other groups at one location and NONE of their leaders had their patrons wearing helmets. One of the belayers couldn’t even tell the difference between taking in the slack and providing slack to the LEAD CLIMBER! If you want to make sure you have a safe experience, go with this company. If you want to have an overall amazing experience, something to remember for years to come, go with this company. Thank you so much for helping to make this one or best memories from our honeymoon!!

L Arlington, Virginia

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

1 to 2 people
1 to 2 days
From $385
December to April