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Abseiling, Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course
Technical mountaineering instruction
Learn skills to keep you safe in the mountains
Alpine rock anchors instruction near Caroline Hut
Low guide-client ratio
Maximum of 4 participants per guide
Turner Peak, Tasman Glacier
Equipment provided
Try before you buy - gear hire is included in the price
Practicing crevasse rescue
Learn from professionals
Enthusiastic UIAGM & NZMGA mountain guides
Snow anchors instruction in front of Mount Cook and Caroline Hut
Great instruction venue
Heated, private hut with walk in/out access
Caroline Hut in fron of Caroline face
Caroline Face
Caroline Hut sits diretly opposite New Zealands highest ice face the 2000m+ Caroline Face

Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course

Technical alpine skills instruction for those who want to get into serious mountaineering

[Formerly called our Intermediate Climbing Course (IMC)]

Go beyond the basic skills of mountaineering and get into more serious alpine terrain! This course is an ideal refresher for mountaineers who already have basic snow craft skills and want to take it further. It provides a thorough grounding in all technical alpine skills. Put your skills to the test towards the end of the course with a climb of Turner Peak under your guide's expert supervision.

"Great teaching by Gavin, he not only helped me gain knowledge of mountaineering, but he also taught me to trust my own judgement and think independently when climbing. Thanks to this great start to mountaineering, I am now pursuing it in Canberra, and wish to come back at the end of the year to do the Specialized Alpine Climbing Course, and if I've gained enough knowledge and experience attempt Mount Cook. In my case this was my first real taste of mountaineering, and I like the fact that you lend us equipment so that I can make an informed decision when purchasing equipment later, as I have first hand experience. I chose your company because it has a good reputation."
- E. Gargiulo, Australia. More client comments.



The Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course covers a range of mountaineering topics from glacier travel and crevase rescue through to mountain navigation and emergency shelters.

Our private Caroline Hut provides an ideal venue for practising the technical skills of mountaineering, and improving your confidence and competence to climb safely in the mountains. Good snow, ice and rock sites are within easy reach from the hut on the Ball Ridge, opposite the mighty Caroline Face of Aoraki Mount Cook.

Courses are scheduled from November - April and include an ascent of Turner Peak and snow and ice instruction on the Ball Glacier.

She's on Spikes: Girls-only Groups



This season we're offering an exclusive girls-only mountaineering course! Join one of New Zealand's select few female IFMGA guides - Elke Braun-Elwert for a fun week of alpine skills.

Dates: Look for the icon in the dates section.



All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Alpine Recreation provides helmets, harnesses, crampons and ice-axes. Outdoor clothing, packs and boots can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary. Please see the equipment list for further details.

Intensive Mountaineering Skills Course Clothing & Equipment list.