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Leading on Technical Ice Course

Wye Creek, Remarkables 

No Courses In 2020

Who is this course for?

The NZAC Leading on Technical Ice Course (LTIC) is designed for fit mountaineers who are able to look after themselves on 35-degree snow slopes, confidently leading traditional rock climbs, have good rope management skills and experience of camping in snow.
Participants should be competent in all of the course outcomes from the NZAC’s Intermediate Snowcraft Course ( Here ) and have trad climbing experience.
Please see the NZAC Course Pathway prior to registering for this course.


A full Course Outline can be found here


On the LTIC, participants will learn the following:

  • The gear: crampons, ice tools, leashes, ice screws, harnesses, v-thread hooks
  • How to rack up efficiently.
  • The correct way to use your leashes, swing your tools and place your crampons.
  • How to stay calm and move efficiently on ice without wasting energy.
  • How to place ice screws, even when you are dangling off one arm and stressed.
  • How to build ice screw and V-threads anchors.
  • A controlled progression to build up to leading confidently.



The course will be run in a minimum 1:4 guide to participant ratio, headed by a fully qualified IFMGA or NZMGA Climbing Guide. All participants must agree to follow the guide’s instructions and directions.


Course Fees

$1190.00 – 4 Day course
The course fee includes instruction and return flights into the climbing area. Payment of a $595 non-refundable deposit on acceptance secures you a place on the course.


Flexible Course Dates

All courses are 4 days in duration. However, given 36 hours’ notice, you will need to be available for a delayed start and so a delayed finish, if the weather forecast is better. Therefore, you will need to be available for a 5 day window and instruction will occur on the best 4 day block out of the 5 days. There is a lot to cover and this gives us the best chance of optimal conditions for instruction and climbing.

Questions can be directed to:

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