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Peak Performance Courses


NO PEAK PERFORMANCE COURSES AVAILABLE FOR 2017/2018 – feel free to contact us for more details

Who is this course for?

The Peak Performance Courses (PPC) are a brand new initiative from the NZAC, aimed at giving club members the chance to attain the skills to achieve significant objectives in the hills from some of the top guides in New Zealand. Courses can focus on one of the following:

Alpine Fast & Light | Alpine Trip Leadership | Ski Mountaineering | Alpine Rock | Big Wall

The courses run over five days and are aimed at existing climbing units of 2-3 people.
No other participants will be on the course – just you and the instructor – focussing on the skills specific to your climbing goals.

We will accept applications from individuals looking to pair up, but preference will be given to climbing pairs or groups with an existing record of unguided ascents. This course is the chance for experienced climbers to hone their skills to achieve their own independent goals, and is not for those who prefer a guided climbing experience. There are many fantastic guiding companies that provide that service.

The Alpine modules would be ideal for members who have completed a High Alpine Skills Course, or similar with another organisation, and have bedded in those skills with multiple subsequent ascents. Applicants do not necessarily need to be aiming for objectives of extreme difficulty, but should be competently climbing alpine grade 2 and have a high degree of fitness.

Big Wall applicants need to be experienced and confident in multi-pitch trad climbing and for Alpine Rock you will need intermediate level alpine skills as well.

Ski Mountaineering applicants need to a match high level of competency on skis with intermediate-level alpine skills.



Our Peak Performance courses will be delivered by a fully qualified IFMGA or NZMGA Climbing Guide. During the application process we will ask you to detail your climbing goals, as well as your experience and logged ascents – the course syllabus will then be tailored based on one of the following modules:

Alpine Fast & Light

For those who have the core technical skills for alpine climbing, this course is strongly objective-based, focused on peak bagging. Your instructor will be primarily taking the role of an alpine coach, emphasising not just the techniques needed for a safe and successful ascent but the tactics: timing, pacing and gear selection. How to succeed in the mountains by climbing fast and light.


Alpine Trip Leadership

This is aimed at experienced climbers who want to share their love of the hills with others, either as a volunteer trip leader for the NZAC or other club, or with aspirations to one day become a professional alpine instructor or guide.

Summit days will be the focus, with instructional elements on group management, safety systems and trip planning.


Ski Mountaineering

Climbing up mountains and skiing down them – does it get any better? Beyond the skills taught in our Glacier Skiing and High Alpine Skills Courses, this is for experienced and confident skiers with mountaineering experience who are ready for big alpine descents.


Alpine Rock

This course is ideal for climbers who approach alpine climbing from a strong rock-climbing background, and are ready to take their multi-pitch experience into long alpine rock routes like those in the Darran Mountains. Base mountaineering skills are a prerequisite.


Big Wall

For experienced rock climbers who aspire to take on some of the world’s great cliffs, this course expands on mult-pitch trad climbing fundamentals to include the advanced techniques and gear needed for multi-day walls including aid climbing.

Course Fees

2 participant team: $2390 per person
3 participant team: $1990 per person

The course fee includes accommodation and a budget for helicopter flights in and out of the course location.

Any refunds are at the discretion of the NZAC National Office and will depend on whether replacement participants can be found. We strongly recommend taking out our loss of deposits insurance, which can cover you in case something happens in the time leading up to the course start date.


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