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SINGLE CONE CLIMB

Climb to the summit of Single Cone, the highest point of the Remarkables. A classic New Zealand mountain adventure.

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. 

A climb of Single Cone takes you to the highest point on the Remarkables mountain range. The view from the summit is incredible with the 2000m west face of the Remarkables sharply dropping away to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. In the summer months climbing is straightforward, walking on tussock and rock with a steep climb up the final gully, followed by a steep and very exposed ridge traverse to reach the summit.

In the winter season the use of ice axe and crampons are required. The climb involves crossing snow fields with snow shoes or crampons and ice axe. Above this we climb the final snow and ice couloir to reach the summit ridge. It normally takes 4 -5 hours to reach the summit.

Queenstown Mountain Guides are Queenstown’s only professionally certified IFMGA climbing & ski mountaineering guiding company, so you know you will be in safe hands and have the greatest chance of success. Don’t take any chances, book with Queenstown’s only mountaineering professionals.

Queenstown Mountain Guides run guided mountaineering trips all year round on the Remarkables. The nature of the climbing changes with the season.

Winter – Expect heavy snow cover on the Remarkables. This time of year is more suited to snow and ice climbing. Expect cold temperatures. Good mountaineering clothing and equipment is required at this time of year.

Spring – Remarkables are covered in snow but the rock faces and ridge lines are now free of snow making it possible to climb the rock alpine ridge lines. This is a good time of year for the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone.

Summer – The winter snow is now mostly melted away leaving only the occasional snow field. By the end of the summer there will be no snow left on the Remarkables. This time of year suits climbing rock routes to the summits of Single and Double Cone and is also a great time of year for the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone.

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 30 minute drive up to the car park on the Remarkables. From here we hike through the ski field and into the backcountry towards Single Cone. We hike past lake Alta and climb towards Wye Saddle where we will have very good views of the Remarkables mountain range and the other high mountain areas surrounding Queenstown. These mountain areas include the Mt Aspiring National Park, the Richardson Mountains, and the Harris Mountains.

As we gain height on the mountain hiking terrain turns into climbing terrain and a rope is required on the upper mountain. Some exposed pitched climbing leads to the very exposed summit ridge line of Single Cone. It is normal to summit Single Cone between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

From the summit on a clear day it is possible to see Mt Aspiring, Mt Earnslaw, Cecil Peak, and in the far distance Mt Cook. The views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu are incredible.

We are normally back in the carpark by 4:00pm and will have you back to your accomodation in Queenstown by 5:00pm.

SINGLE CONE CLIMB

1 to 2 people
1 day
From $385
All year

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INCLUSIONS

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

EXCLUSIONS

  • Lunch & snack food
  • Personal equipment & clothing

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.

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 litre 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

For the Single Cone Climb we operate at a 1:2 guide to client ratio.

We operate at a maximum ratio of 1 guide to 4 participants when alpine climbing in the Remarkables. For some routes for example the Grand Traverse of Single & Double Cone we operate at a 1 guide to 2 participants maximum ratio with very experienced participants in good conditions.

For less experienced clients or in more difficult conditions (for example winter & spring) we operate at a 1:1 participant guide ratio.

Climbing on the lower mountain of Single Cone
Summit of Single Cone in Winter conditions
On the summit of Single Cone in summer
Climbing the NE ridge of single cone in summer conditions

The best thing I did in Queenstown and one of the best experiences of my life. Mike and Rupert were very helpful and friendly right from last minute initial inquiry to the full day of instruction and guided climbing. Getting to summit single cone was spectacular! Rupert was great to chat to throughout the climb and I knew I was in good hands at all times. Highly recommend giving them a call if you’re interested in climbing!

J Kean, USA

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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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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.

1 to 2 people
1 day
From $385
All year