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Mountain Skills for Youth Course


Mountain Skills for Youth Course

Delivered by the experienced volunteers in the Wellington section, this course is open to 14-18 year olds from around the country.

Run in tandem with their Beginner Snowcraft course, this focuses on taking participants new to mountaineering into the mountains to gain skills, confidence and experience in the alpine environment.  It requires good fitness and caters to those with little or no experience on snow or ice.  It involves learning the basics of moving around in alpine terrain safely, using an ice axe and crampons, identifying terrain hazards and basic emergency procedures.  It does not include ropes. It assumes prior knowledge of tramping and self management in a remote environment. It does not assume prior knowledge of alpine skills.

Those accepted to the Mountain Skills for Youth course will be offered a complimentary U18 or Youth membership to the NZAC.

All pre-course evenings are in Wellington at Bivouac on the Thursday night a week prior at 6pm.

Courses are held at the Manawatu Lodge on the Whakapapa side of Mt Ruapehu and include accommodation for two nights and main meals. The section provides selected equipment for hire (except boots, clothing and personal items) for $5 an item per 7 days.

Participants under 17 years will need to be accompanied by an adult unless by prior arrangement with the course organisers.

The course fee is $270.  There is a $100 deposit payable on registration. This deposit is refundable up to a week prior to the start date of the course after which the deposit is forfeited.

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Registration Form 2016

To secure a place, please complete the registration form and send it to[email protected]


Contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Course Info


Mt Ruapehu


22 July 2016 - 24 July 2016




13-18 year olds $270

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