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NZAC SNOWCRAFT AND MOUNTAINEERING COURSES

The NZAC Instructional Programme is designed to give our members the skills necessary to safely enjoy the mountains.
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The NZAC Snowcraft and Mountaineering pathway starts on a local level, with many sections running multiple NZAC Basic Snowcraft courses each winter. Along with Avalanche Awareness Courses and Beginner Navigation Skills Courses, these courses focus on taking new participants into the mountains to gain skills, confidence and experience in the alpine environment. Someone who has completed all of these courses (or already has the skills detailed in the course outcomes) should have the skills necessary to travel on Mount Cook Grade 1+ Terrain. Someone with these skills learnt from these courses is classed as a NZAC Novice Mountaineer.

Members looking to further their skills should first consolidate the skills they have learned. This is best done through section trips, personal mountaineering, refresher courses and peer mentoring.

Once an NZAC Novice Mountaineer (or with the equivalent skillset), members can progress onto the intermediate tier of the pathway. Local NZAC sections run NZAC Intermediate Snowcraft Courses throughout the winter alongside Intermediate Navigation Skills Courses. The Backcountry Avalanche Course is run nationally throughout the winter. A member who has completed these courses (or has the equivalent skillset) is classed as an NZAC Intermediate Mountaineer. They should have the skills and knowledge to travel on Mount Cook Grade 2+ terrain (non-glacial).

The final progression of the NZAC Snowcraft and Mountaineering Pathway is to work towards becoming competent to travel on glacial terrain and climb technical mountaineering routes. Significant consolidation of the skills learned in the intermediate tier of the pathway is required before progression onto the advanced courses. With a rock-climbing background (sport or trad) and the skills of an NZAC Intermediate Mountaineer, members can attend the NZAC High Alpine Skills Courses (run nationally each summer) and the NZAC Leading on Technical Ice Course (run nationally each winter). These skills combined with ongoing avalanche training through the Backcountry Avalanche Refresher Course complete the pathway. Members who have completed these courses (or have the equivalent skillset) are classed NZAC Advanced Mountaineers and are likely to be comfortable travelling on Mount Cook Grade 3 and above terrain.


SECTION COURSES –

NORTH ISLAND

Winter 2020:

 

Auckland

Basic Snowcraft – TBC
Avalanche Awareness – TBC
Basic Navigation Skills – TBC
Intermediate Snowcraft – TBC
Auckland Course Info

 

Central North Island

Basic Snowcraft – TBC
Avalanche Awareness – TBC
Basic Navigation Skills – TBC
Intermediate Snowcraft – TBC
Central North Island Course Info

 

Wellington

Basic Snowcraft – Theory evening 16 July, Practical weekend 24-26 July

 

Basic Snowcraft – Theory evening 23 July, Practical weekend 31 July – 2 August

 

Avalanche Awareness – TBC
Basic Navigation Skills – TBC

 

Intermediate Snowcraft – Theory evening 6 August, Practical weekend 14 – 16 August

 

Intermediate Snowcraft – Theory evening 13 August, Practical weekend 21-23 August
Wellington Course Info

 

 

 

SECTION COURSES –

SOUTH ISLAND

Winter 2020:

 

Nelson Marlborough 

Basic Snowcraft – TBC
Avalanche Awareness – TBC
Basic Navigation Skills – TBC
Intermediate Snowcraft – TBC
Nelson Marlborough Course Info

 

Canterbury / Westland 

Basic Snowcraft – TBC
Avalanche Awareness – TBC
Basic Navigation Skills – TBC
Intermediate Snowcraft – TBC
Canterbury / Westland Course Info

 

Central Otago

Basic Snowcraft – TBC
Avalanche Awareness – TBC
Basic Navigation Skills – TBC
Intermediate Snowcraft – TBC
Central Otago Course Info

 

Southland

Basic Snowcraft – TBC
Avalanche Awareness – TBC
Basic Navigation Skills – TBC
Intermediate Snowcraft – TBC
Southland Course Info

 

NATIONAL COURSES –

SOUTH / NORTH ISLAND

Winter 2020:

 

Backcountry Avalanche Course

TBC
Course Outline

 

Backcountry Avalanche Refresher Course

TBC
Course Outline

 

Leading On Techincal Ice Course

TBC
Course Details and Booking

 

High Alpine Skills Course

Summer 2020/21
Course Details and Booking

 


UPCOMING COURSES

SO Section - Lead Belay License Evening

27 February 2020

NZAC Mountain Workshop Weekend 21-22nd March

20 March 2020 - 22 March 2020

SO Section - Avalanche Theory

25 June 2020

SO Section - Avalanche Trip

27 June 2020 - 28 June 2020

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