Mountain Skills

The course is the next step in alpine mountaineering.

 It is suitable for people with some prior experience in rock climbing, hiking in the mountains and/or crampon and ice axe use, who are looking for an introduction to technical alpine skills.

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

NOTE: this 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 Introduction to Winter Mountaineering Course.

Technical mountain skills course

Course Outline


  • 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


  • 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.

Prices and Availability

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 SizePrice per person, per day