SCHOOL

Queenstown Mountain Guides Mountaineering School. Learn climbing & skiing skills from a professional mountain guide.

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.

ROCK CLIMBING COURSES

Beginner through to advanced rock climbing courses. On the beginner rock climbing course you will learn the basics of rock climbing – rock climbimg movement, safety skills, use of equipment, and rope work, how to build an anchor, and abseiling techniques.

On the advanced rock climbing courses you can learn lead climbing skills, anchor building, multi-pitch techniques, traditional gear placements, anchor building, and rope rescue skills. 

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.

SKI TOURING & AVALANCHE COURSES

Learn the skills  to travel safely in the backcountry. Our focus is to teach backcountry travellers the skills needed to travel efficiently through the backcountry. You will also learn about equipment, clothing, avalanche decision making, planning, and rescue skills. On our ski mountaineering courses you will learn the skills needed to travel, ski, and climb in big mountain glaciated terrain
Avalanche Awareness Course

Avalanche Awareness Course

A New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited course for skiers & snowboarders. Focus on skills and knowledge to make safe decisions when travelling in avalanche terrain and rescue skills if someone in your party is caught in an avalanche.

Backcountry Travel Course

Backcountry Travel Course

The Backcountry Travel Course is for recreational backcountry skiers and boarders. Learn avalanche skills & backcountry travel techniques - proper use of backcountry equipment, navigation & route planning, group management, route setting, assessing mountain terrain for safest routes of ascent & descent & identifying mountain & snowpack areas of concern.

Ski Mountaineering Course

Ski Mountaineering Course

6 day big mountain skiing program designed for skiers & snowboarders to learn ski mountaineering and backcountry avalanche skills in glaciated terrain. The 6 day course includes the NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) Backcountry Avalanche Qualification.