Alpine Skills Tune-up

The Tune-up is an optional one-day clinic designed to get you ready for the Alpine Skills Course (ASC). A Tune-up course runs before every ASC.

The Tune-up ensures everyone on the ASC meets a basic standard of rope skills.

Should You Take the Tune-up?

If you climb regularly at a gym you do not need to do a Tune-up.

If your rope skills are rusty - or if you meet (or exceed) the other ASC prerequisites, but have little roped climbing experience, you need to do this course.

Based close to Mount Cook Village we climb at Sebastopol Bluffs (our local multi-pitch crag), or at Twizel Climbing wall. Transport is provided whenever needed.

Booking a Tune-up

Select the Tune-up add-on option when you book online for the Alpine Skills Course. If filling in a booking form by hand, please make a note in the "Programs Applied For" box.

Instruction topics include:

  • Rope basics: rope construction, how to handle, coil, and look after your rope

  • Harnesses and safety

  • Essential knot refresher

  • Rock climbing (up to AU grade 15)

  • Abseiling

  • Runners & protection

Equipment Required:

  • All technical climbing gear is provided, but feel free to bring your own rock climbing equipment.

  • See the detailed Tune-up notes for information on gear and clothing needed