Welcome to CMC Instruction! The club runs many instruction courses covering rock, snow, ice & mixed, avalanche awareness, and ski-mountaineering. These courses are subsidised by the Fenwick Trust so we can provide affordable, quality & safe courses to all members.

Instructors: All courses are run by professional instructors at an instructor to student ratio of 1:4 (except for avalanche awareness which is 1:6).

Accommodation: Courses are normally based at one of the Club’s base huts (Wyn Irwin at Mt Cook or Kennedy Lodge at Arthur’s Pass), although some courses may be based at alpine huts or make use of tents or snow shelters.

Equipment: Participants are expected to have their own climbing gear (including ropes, protection, skis, depending on the course). Some equipment can be hired from outdoor shops (e.g. Bivouac) if necessary. A general gear list is available, but your instructor may provide you with further advice on the gear you should bring. Your instructors are happy to answer any questions in advance of the course.

Payment: To pay for a course, click on the course, fill out your details and process payment via credit card. Payment is required to confirm your place on the course.

Refunds: We have a refund policy to protect the club from financial loss, regardless of injury or any other reason: more than 4 weeks = 100% refund, 2-4 weeks = 80% refund, 5 days – 2 weeks = 50% refund, Less than 5 days = 0% refund.

Contact: If you have any questions, contact the Instruction Coordinator, Alastair McDowell (instruction@cmc.net.nz). Once you are confirmed on the course, you will be put in a chat group with other participants to discuss car-pooling, food, gear and ask questions about the course.

Wait list: If you would like to attend a course that is full or not showing, please sign up to the Waiting List.

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