AGL Skill



1 Day


1 : 3


$275 NZD


Alpine Skills Tune - Up

The Tune-up is an optional one-day addition tp 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.

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

Should You Take the Tune-up?

Yes, you need to do a Tune-up if:

  • 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, 

How to Book 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.



What you will learn

There is a lot to pack into a short time! All instruction focuses on practical application, and learning by doing:

  • Introduction to your gear

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

  • Harnesses and safety

  • Knot refresher

  • Belaying principles

  • Rock climbing (AU grade up to 15), potentially multi-pitch routes

  • Abseiling principles and safety

If time allows, we may also include prusiking.

What’s included:

  • All technical climbing equipment (including harness, helmet and rock shoes)

  • Professional NZMGA/IFMGA mountain guide

  • Lunch

Start and Finish Times

All Tune-Ups begin at 8:30 AM and finish at 5:00 PM. Lunch will be included. Please report to Alpine Guides office in Mount Cook Village.

Check here on public transport options to Mount Cook.

Tune-Up Details

+ You need to provide

You must provide your own accommodation and meals (except lunch - which is provided) for the day of the Tune-up. We recommend Mt Cook YHA for lodging within Mt Cook Village, but other options are available.

We look after accommodation once the Alpine Skills Course starts.

Information on Mt Cook accommodation providers.

+ How to book Tune Up?

Just select the “Tune-up” option on the online booking form when choosing your Alpine Skills Course. Alternatively, get in contact with us once you have booked your place on a course.

+ Equipment Provided and Required

We provide all of the following equipment but feel free to bring any of your rock climbing equipment.

  • Rock shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Karabiners— large screwgate x2
  • Karabiners — snap-link, at least 4
  • Prusiks, 1 long and 2 short

Other items to bring:

  • Small backpack (a 20 - 30 litre day-pack)
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable climbing clothing (for warm or cool temperatures)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block