Technical Alpine Rock Course

The 10-day Technical Alpine Rock Course takes you on to serious multi-pitch alpine rock routes in the Southern Alps. The locations of choice are Twin Stream in the Ben Ohau Range, the South Temple Valley, and the Darran Mountains in Fiordland.

Learn to lead and move safely on alpine rock

You will climb a number of multi-pitch routes on to mountain summits. As soon as possible you will find yourself on the "sharp end" of the rope, (under your guide’s watchful eye) on long multi-pitch routes.

Your guide will help you develop judgment, and learn the skills necessary to become self-sufficient in the mountains on alpine rock.

The Technical Alpine Rock is an excellent follow-up to our Intro to Alpine Rock Course.

Privately Arranged to suit your plans

All Technical Alpine Rock courses are arranged on a private basis. This means we will focus the trip to specifically meet you and your team's aspirations.

Please talk to us about your objectives and desired start date, and we will take it from there.

Timing / Seasonality

Alpine Rock in NZ works best in late summer (January to mid-March) when the remote alpine rock faces are clean from snow.

Instruction topics include:

  • Lead climbing
  • Placing natural protection
  • Building anchors
  • Belay systems and techniques
  • Multi pitch rope management
  • Double rope technique
  • Multiple abseil descents and safety
  • Moving together on rock

Experience required:

  • High level of aerobic fitness
  • Lead climb to at least AU rock grade 16 (bolted)
  • Placing natural protection is not a pre-requisite and will be covered in depth
  • A great follow-up to our Intro to Alpine Rock Course