Queenstown outdoor guide Jamie Marr talks about his favourite Queenstown guided trips
Ever since moving to Queenstown last year in September I have been impressed by its capacity for entertaining me in the outdoors. Growing up in Auckland, I never climbed or skied growing up, simply just riding bikes in the cul de sac or building a tree hut (great things for sure!). But now I have the best and most accessible playground an outdoor guide could ask for and get to spend my days leading some of the best Queenstown guided trips in my outdoor “office”!
Since starting at Basecamp Adventures and its sister company Climbing Queenstown, I have had the pleasure of guiding people from all over the world, from multi-pitch climbs in Kingston to our Alpine Walks on the Remarkables range. And of course, soon our new gym in Remarkables Park… Exciting stuff.
So I thought I would share some pictures from these trips and give you some idea of what it’s like to guide in the Queenstown area, maybe it’ll give you ideas on trips you can do on days off or when you have a spare half day!
First, our Queenstown guided Alpine Walks. I normally try to customize these trips for our guests, taking into account what you want out of the trip. Lake Alta, the North Ridge, and Shadow Lookout are the three most popular! Views of the mountains and Lake Wakatipu; you can’t beat it.
Secondly, Wye Creek! For the winter season, our rock climbing trips are held at the Wye Creek crags as it doesn’t get too cold compared to other areas. Main Wall gets a good amount of sun, but lately, there has been lots of fog drifting through which can make it a little chilly so definitely bring a downie! The good thing is that the walk up will surely warm you up! A lovely stroll through native beech forest, which I enjoy more than the pine trees in town. Wye Creek has a great range of climbs for everyone, take a walk up and check out the views and amazing rock.
And thirdly, for the more experienced and adventurous; Single Cone! I have only helped to guide Single Cone in the summer when it is a rock route. Now that there’s snow involved it does take that little bit extra experience (and qualifications if you want to guide). It’s a great day out, probably my favourite Queenstown guided trip to do in the area. Lately, I climbed the South Gully with a friend and it was amazing – nice firm snow to climb, and lots of rime ice built up on summit ridge. We do guide this in the winter, so contact us if you want more info!!
Last but not least, snowshoeing has just begun, with enough snow on the ground to make the achievable but spectacular journey to enjoy views over Lake Wakatipu.
Thanks for reading about my favourite Queenstown guided trips and have a great week, more updates on the new climbing centre to come!
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