Tune-up Course | Details for summer 2017/18


The Tune-up is an optional clinic designed to get you ready for the Alpine Skills Course (ASC).

Should you do the Tune-up?
If your rope skills are rusty, or if you meet (or exceed) the other ASC prerequisites, but don’t have recent rock climbing/ rope handling experience, you need to do this preliminary course.

Instruction Topics

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.

Details and Price

The Tune-up runs for one days prior to every Alpine Skills Course. Based at Mount Cook Village, you will go through all the basics of rope handling, anchors, and rock climbing.

Climbing will be done at our rock wall, and at Sebastopol Bluffs (our local crag). In the event that the weather isn’t good we’ll head to a local indoor climbing wall. Transport is provided whenever required.

Price: NZ$275 per person
Price includes:
  • Lunch
  • Any technical climbing gear required

Reporting details

All Tune-ups begin at Alpine Guides office in Mount Cook Village at 08:30. The day finishes at 17:00.

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 from day one of the Alpine Skills Course.

Information on Mt Cook accommodation providers.

How to book the Tune-up

Simply 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

Feel free to bring your own rock climbing gear, if you have it.

We provide all of the following 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 (20 - 30 litre day-pack)
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable climbing clothing (for warm or cool temperatures)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block