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Upcoming
Expeditions

ASPIRING SKILLS & ALPINE ICE COURSES

Mt. French, East Face

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Directed by Geoff Wayatt, NZ's most experienced Mountain Guide.

Mountain Recreation, is a licenced operator in Mt. Aspiring, Mt. Cook and Westland National Parks PO BOX 204, WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND. Ph/Fax 64 3 443 7330
Email: mountainrec@mountainrec.co.nz

LOCATION: Based at Shovel Flat, Mt Aspiring National Park or Mt Cook National Park by arrangement

SCHOOL OF MOUNTAINEERING: All weeks are based from our private hut "Avalanche Lodge" at Shovel Flat and include fun, skills learning and peak climbing with an experienced Tutor.

ASPIRING SKILLS COURSE: This 8 day course is for bushwalkers and hikers. Instruction involves rockclimbing, ice axe and crampon use, glacier travel and crevasse rescue and rivercrossing. We cover a similar programme to the Alpine Skills Course, however, greater emphasis is placed on fundamental rope handling skills. One to two peaks will be climbed during the course. Good tramping fitness is essential.

OBJECTIVE: To provide a thorough introduction to mountaineering and the required skills for peak climbing for strong trampers and fit outdoor enthusiasts.

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COURSE SUBJECTS:

CLIMBING IN THE MT ASPIRING REGION and rivercrossing.
ROCK CLIMBING - Body movements, protection placement, leading roped pitches, belaying & abseiling
SNOWCRAFT - Ice Axe, Crampon and belaying techniques.
ROUTEFINDING, NAVIGATION, WEATHER ANALYSIS & HAZARDS, RISK & SAFETY
GLACIER TRAVEL, BIVOUACS, SNOWCAVES AND IGLOOS
CREVASSE RESCUE - Self extraction and rescue techniques: ICE CLIMBING - techniques, equipment & belaying.
Other topics are also included on the basis of available time and group interest including: Mtn 1st Aid, Avalanche awareness & transceiver rescue, expeditioning, fitness & flexibility.

COURSE PRE-REQUISITES:Good tramping fitness; strong outdoor background & a skiing capability is an advantage. It is recommended that participants undertake a week of tramping prior to the course.

NOTE: There are numerous other options to the above programme. Some are chosen by us because of snow conditions, party fitness or specific instructional terrain to suit the group. The weather often determines the order of instructional activities and we try to be on peaks on the fine days.

MOUNTAIN RECREATION - CELEBRATING 38 YEARS 1973 - 2011

ALPINE ICE COURSE

CONDUCTED BY: Mountain Recreation Ltd, Professional Mountaineers, licenced operator in Mt Aspiring, Mt. Cook & Westland National Parks

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OBJECTIVE: To provide alpine ice instruction for fit and experienced alpine trampers and rockclimbers.

COURSE TOPICS include:

CLIMBING IN THE ASPIRING REGION
SNOWCRAFT - Ice Axe, Crampon and Rope usage
ROUTEFINDING, NAVIGATION, WEATHER ANALYSIS & HAZARDS, RISK & SAFETY
GLACIER TRAVEL, BIVOUACS, SNOWCAVES AND IGLOOS
STEEP ICE CLIMBING, CREVASSE RESCUE - Self extraction and rescue techniques

Other topics are also included on the basis of available time and group interest.

COURSE PRE-REQUISITES: Good tramping fitness, experienced alpine tramper or rockclimber Skiing capability is an advantage. It is recommended that participants undertake a week of tramping prior to the course.

COURSE INFORMATION: We provide a COURSE PROGRAMME, TRIP NOTES, EQUIPMENT LISTS, AREA MAP, and Wanaka Information with confirmed bookings. We also sell guidebooks, books and maps on the area and topics. See: Equipment for Sale

LOGISTICS: COURSE STARTING PLACE: 183 Warren St or by arrangement.

NOTE: There are numerous other options to the above programme. Some are chosen by us because of snow conditions, party fitness or specific instructional terrain to suit the group. The weather determines the order of instructional activities and we try to be on peaks on the fine days.


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