Ice Climbing Instruction

Learn technical steep water-ice climbing on an Alpine Guides winter ice climbing course.  All trips are run on a privately-booked basis during July and early August - typically our coolest months. The trip can be specifically tailored to your level of experience.

You and your friends can start as beginners, learn the basics and then progress at your own speed. Start with top roping and anchor building, then progress into lead climbing.

For those with previous mountaineering or ice climbing experience, we can focus on advanced lead climbing techniques and route selection.  Based on steeper ice lines and multi-pitch routes.

Objectives - Climbing Technique, and Awareness

Ice climbing focuses on technical water-ice climbing. Expect to climb water-ice graded from WI2-WI4. Some routes will be multi-pitch (dependent on ice conditions and your experience).

The course balances technical instruction and practical climbing. Because of the remote alpine locations we use you may also learn other practical aspects of mountaineering.

An Ice Climbing "Safari"

Ice Climbing Instruction is designed to have a flexible climbing venue - this makes use of the best ice available anywhere at the time your course runs.

Our local venue at Mount Cook is Bush Stream, and we also use Wye Creek in the Remarkables, near Queenstown.

Accommodation in the mountains is expedition-style tent camping.

Single Day Ice Climbing

Just want a single day? Come on an Ice Climbing Experience - available right through summer. See our Aoraki Adventures site for details.

Instruction topics include:

  • Use of technical ice tools
  • Ice climbing
  • Knots and hitches
  • Belay techniques and systems
  • Ice, snow, and rock anchors
  • Abseiling & rope techniques

Experience required:

  • High level of fitness
  • Rock climbing experience
  • Able to climb & camp in cold conditions (below 0 Celsius)
  • Previous mountaineering experience is preferred, but not required