Ice climbing in the Darwin Icefall, Technical Mountaineering Course. Photo by Trevor Streat.

Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC)

Alpine Guides Technical Mountaineering Course (TMC) is an intensive introduction to alpine climbing in glaciated terrain. Based at Aoraki Mount Cook, the 9 day TMC will kick-start your mountaineering exploits.

Your Introduction to Technical Alpine Climbing

The TMC provides a solid grounding in all alpine mountaineering skills. Previous alpine (snow & ice) climbing experience is not required. However, you must be fit, keen to learn new skills, and have some roped climbing experience.

The TMC is ideal:

  • For rock climbers looking for alpine climbing skills
  • As a follow-up from our introductory Mountain Experience Course (MEC) ›
  • For training towards longer-term technical mountaineering objectives

Many of Australasia's most prominent climbers (and many mountain guides) began their careers on a TMC.

TMC Tune-up

The TMC Tune-up is a 1.5 day rope and rock climbing clinic that runs prior to each Technical Mountaineering Course. If it has been some time since you worked with ropes, or you need some additional training, the Tune-up will help get you to the standard required. Read more about the TMC Tune-up ›

Ice screw belay station. Photo by Jamie Robertson.

Instruction topics include:

  • Glacier travel and crevasse rescue
  • Snow and ice climbing
  • Belay systems and techniques
  • Modern rope techniques
  • Route finding
  • Emergency shelters
  • Mountain navigation, weather and forecasting
  • Avalanche hazard evaluation

Experience required:

  • High level of fitness
  • Basic rope skills (e.g. rock climbing, caving, abseiling)
  • Trekking/tramping experience

AGL Skill Check



Season: Summer (November- March)

Trip Type: Summer Course

Length: 9 days

Max Guide/Participant Ratio: 1:4

Maximum of 8 participants


Price NZ$3,450 per person

Cost Includes:

Summer 2014/15 Course Schedule

Course Dates Spaces
TMC 1 Nov 12-21 Open
TMC 2 Nov 19-28 Open
TMC 3 Nov/Dec 26-05 Open
TMC 4 Dec 03-12 Open
TMC 5 Dec 10-19 Open
TMC 6 Dec/Jan 29-07 Open
TMC 7 Jan 07-16 Open
TMC 8 Jan 14-23 Open
TMC 9 Jan 21-30 Open
TMC 10 Jan/Feb 28-06 Open
TMC 11 Feb 04-13 Open
TMC 12 Feb 11-20 Open
TMC 13 Feb 18-27 Open
TMC 14 Feb/Mar 25-06 Open
TMC 15 Mar 04-13 Open
TMC 16 Mar 11-19 Open


  • Open - free to book.
  • Limited - Please check before booking (may fill quickly).
  • One only/2 only = one or 2 spaces remain. Phone us to secure your place.
  • Closed - course no longer available.