Instructor: Peter Cammell

Description: This course will provide a solid introduction to the world of mountaineering and is suitable for people with no prior snow or ice experience.  The aim for the course is to foster a love of and movement in the alpine environment, encourage independent climbers to have independent adventures where they come home, better friends with great adventures (sometime including summits).

The course will cover 4 main subjects:

  1. Preparation for the alpine – pre-course evening session: clothing, food & drink, technical gear, avalanche equipment, intentions, trip planning, fitness training, decision making models.
  2. Being in the alpine – mountain weather, observations of conditions & weather, experiencing terrain, appreciation of the environment
  3. Moving in the alpine – exploring terrain, track setting, step cutting, moving in crampons, use of two tools, route finding, navigation
  4. What if preparation – avalanche avoidance, human factors, weather changes, emergency shelter, loss of stability/slips.

‘Preparation for the alpine’ will be an evening Zoom session before the course. You can also use this time to ask any questions, meet others on the course and arrange car-pooling.

Pre-requisites: Good fitness level, multi-day backcountry tramping experience

Venue: Temple Basin, Arthur’s Pass

Accommodation: Kennedy Lodge and CUSC Lodge, Arthur’s Pass. BYO food and drink.

Gear list

Cost: $500 per person covers pre-course zoom meeting, 3 days instruction, 1 night at Kennedy Lodge, 2 nights at CUSC lodge.

Date: July 9-12. Arrive at Kennedy Lodge Friday night 730pm, finish Monday afternoon 3-4pm.

Course full? Sign up to the Waiting List and you will be notified if there are drop outs.

Course pre-reading: How to Start Mountaineering.

7 in stock

Instruction Registration

Please fill out this form to sign up to the course.
  • Your details

  • You will be added to a Messenger chat group to assist group discussion with course participants and the instructor. Please input your Facebook profile or name on Messenger to make it easy to find you i.e. https://www.facebook.com/joe.bloggs.3/ or Joe Bloggs
  • You must be a CMC member to attend this course as this course is generously subsidised by the CMC Fenwick Trust.
  • If you are not a member, please join the CMC first.
  • Course Details

    This information will help us ensure you are well prepared for the course.
  • Feel free to contact the Instruction Officer before signing up if unsure: instruction@cmc.net.nz
  • Please note that CMC does not hire any gear. You will need adequately stiff boots for this course, flexible tramping boots will not be sufficient, but stiff tramping boots will be OK for an introductory course. If avalanche gear is required for this course, you must bring an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. It is best to book these from hire shops as early as possible before the course starts. Please contact the Instruction Officer if unsure: instruction@cmc.net.nz
  • Emergency Contact Details

    Please provide contact details for your next of kin. Please inform this contact person you will be attending this course.
  • Waiver

    I understand the alpine environment involves inherent risks. I understand the instructors will take the utmost caution to manage all risks and ensure student safety but there still remains a residual element of risk in a mountaineering environment that may be beyond their control. I understand I am responsible for my own safety and will take great care to prepare appropriate for the course, conduct myself in a safe way on the mountain, and listen to and comply with instructions at all times.
  • Refund Policy

    I understand that after signing up through this form, if I have to pull out of the course for any reason (including injury), I will receive the following refund depending on the time of cancellation before the course: More than 4 weeks = 100% refund 2-4 weeks = 80% refund 5 days - 2 weeks = 50% refund Less than 5 days = 0% refund This is to protect the CMC from financial losses due to courses running below full capacity as the costs for guides are fixed regardless of participant numbers.
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SKU: I2M-July9-12 Category: