Technical Mountaineering

The course is the next step in alpine mountaineering. It's suitable for people with some prior experience in rock climbing, Mountain walking and/or crampon/axe use, who are looking for an introduction to technical alpine skills.



Our Technical Mountaineering course involves privately guided instruction over 2-4 days. The course content will be customised depending on your needs and prior experience, and can cover a selection of the following skills:


Snow skills

  • Movement over grade I/II Alpine Terrain, in ascent and descent
  • Constructing and using snow anchors (such as buried axe, snow bollard and snow stakes)
  • Selecting and using natural rock anchors
  • Abseiling using snow anchors
  • Problem solving and rescue techniques

rock skills

  • Movement over grade I/II Alpine Terrain, in ascent and descent
  • Rope work and belaying whilst moving efficiently on rock
  • Understanding risk vs consequence when choosing ropework techniques
  • Selecting natural rock anchors and simple anchors using a 'scrambling' rack.
  • Personal abseiling.
  • Problem solving and improvised rescue

The course can be any number of days from one to five. We are happy to recommend the best content and course length for you if you contact us for more information. 


YOUR instructors

Our instructors are experienced and will provide you with a solid grounding to increase your level of skill and knowledge. All of our Alpine instructors have New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association (NZOIA) qualifications and our instructor to client ratio is kept at a maximum of 1:2



  • What we provide. We will provide all technical equipment for the course.
  • What you need. Please bring appropriate clothing for the weather on the day, waterproofs, a warm layer, drinks and lunch for the day. Mountaineering boots must be worn, we have a small selection of these we can loan, otherwise they can be hired in town.


 All courses start from, and return to, Frankton, Queenstown.



This course is available year round, usually with snow coverage available from May until October. Please contact us to discuss current conditions and your aspirations.


Group Size         Price per person, per day          Additional days, per person
1 $599 $549
2+ $399 $399


Please contact us to discuss your course, or if you would like to book


Introductory mountaineering

Please note that this course course teaches you technical mountaineering skills, including the alpine climbing skills needed to summit the Remarkables peaks and navigate it's exposed ridges. It is suitable for people with some basic alpine or rock climbing experience already.


For novices and beginners, we offer an introductory skills course, that teaches basic movement around an alpine environment. The rope-work used is for simple security and confidence as the ground gets steeper.


See our Introduction to Winter Mountain skills page or contact us for more information.