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
Rock climbing (AU grade up to 15), potentially multi-pitch routes
Abseiling principles and safety
If time allows, we may also include prusiking.
All technical climbing equipment (including harness, helmet and rock shoes)
Professional NZMGA/IFMGA mountain guide
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.
+ 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.
+ 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
- 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