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Teaching the skills needed to climb mountains is one of the fundamental purposes of the NZAC

Courses Overview Upcoming Rock Climbing  Skiing & Touring


The NZAC alpine instruction pathway starts on a local level, with many sections running multiple snowcraft courses each winter. Along with avalanche awareness courses, these courses focus on taking new participants into the mountains to gain skills, confidence and experience in the alpine environment.

Once these skills have been reinforced over multiple climbing trips (section trips ) are a great way to get this experience), our popular High Alpine Skills Course is the next step. Run between November-January at Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park, these courses are led by top mountain guides and teach the skills needed for steep and crevassed terrain. You must be a NZAC member to attend ALL courses.


Club Sections Winter Instruction Courses

Many of our Club Sections offer introductory level instruction courses for those wanting to learn core climbing skills. Beginner courses are generally delivered by experienced volunteer club members. Some section organise Intermediate level mountaineering courses and Avalanche Awareness Courses and these are generally delivered by a mix of experienced volunteer club members and qualified professional instructors. Most require you to live locally and be a member of the local section to attend. Courses are held over multiple nights/weekends and the risk of postponement due to weather can be high, hence why this does not suit those who require to fly to attend the courses. These are advertised in the monthly section newsletter and on the NZAC Section Facebook pages.

2020 Course dates coming soon in your local sections e-newsletter and section night

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Leading on Technical Ice Course

Designed for mountaineers able to look after themselves on 35 degree snow slopes and with experience snow camping and leading traditional rock climbs.

2020 Course dates announced in the March NZAC E-Newsletter

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High Alpine Skills Course

Helicopter in to NZ’s beautiful glaciated high mountain environment to learn the skills to climb intermediate grade peaks from top mountain guides.

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NZAC Mountain Workshop Weekend 21-22nd March

20 March 2020 - 22 March 2020

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