Intro to Mountaineering

Intro to Mountaineering

2 days, $529 gst incl.

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This course is ideal for you if

You have previous experience tramping/trekking and are looking to gain the basic skills to continue your trips during the winter in the alpine environment.



All courses are hosted at Ferrier Lodge at Temple Basin Ski Field, located above snow line, approximately 500m above Arthur’s Pass proper. Access to the lodge is via a foot track, with a goods lift available to bring your gear up making the walk very pleasant! The lodge boasts a full time chef, a bar with craft beer on tap, and bunkroom accommodation based on four people to each room. The Lodge is warm and very comfortable with a drying room and hot showers, making it much easier to relax and focus on learning. Theory and rope skills are hosted inside a specifically designed lecture theatre.

Course content/instruction topics

  • Ice axe & crampon use
  • Steep terrain movement and self-arrest
  • Navigation and route finding
  • Safe travel techniques
  • Avalanche awareness
  • Weather analysis
  • Winter survival and shelters


Arrive Friday night and get settled into Temple Basin Lodge. The course will begin with a brief lecture following breakfast on Saturday morning. Practical hands-on learning will be the main focus with the aim to spend as much time outside as possible. Time spent outside will include practice with the use of ice axes and crampons, as well as travel above snow line around Temple Basin’s unique terrain on the divide of the Southern Alps.

Gear required

Sturdy boots and gaiters to stay warm and dry during snow travel, clothing suitable for winter conditions. Transceiver/shovel/probe, ice axe & crampons, and a climbing helmet are required equipment and can all be rented from NZSSI.


Included in price, accommodation Friday and Saturday night. All meals from Friday night to Sunday lunch.

Participants should be over 18 years of age, of reasonable fitness and previous tramping experience. If you have some pre-existing condition about which the instructor should be aware in an emergency, it is your responsibility to communicate this. Information such as this will be kept confidential.