Fiords and mountaintops - More hiking in NZ

As the Adventure Guide Program progresses, alongside the curriculum, the nature of the hikes and climbs the groups get progressively more complex too. As the group reaches the middle of their program, we sent them with their lovely instructor to the stunning Fiordland National Park to experience the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand's iconic Great Walks.

Check out Ken's summary of their amazing week down south here...

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Here's my favourite pic - our team heading across a small alpine snow saddle after summiting Mt. Luxmore on our 2nd hike module. I snapped this photo just before heading over myself. We got whipped with 70Kmh winds on the summit. It was awesome! I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world.

 

We finally mastered the art of packing twelve peoples packs into the boot. It took 6 weeks to get this far!

We started our week by driving four hours to Fiordland National Park. I think we blasted 90’s music the whole way. Everyone was in high spirits and we were all excited to hit the trail.

 

The main focus of the week was to work on navigation skills, working off compass bearings and map coordinates. I think we all sharpened our skills, and I certainly became more confident navigating and leading a group into the back-country. We had 63 km ahead of us...

 

Day two my team and I  spent climbing further into the alpie of the Kepler Mountains. Obviously the views only got better the higher we climbed.

It’s crazy hw small you feel up there and how absolutely massive the landscape really is. I felt so humbled to be there and to be sharing it with my team. Our instructor, Kerie was a legend and lead us up without a hitch and shared with us a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding mountains and the Maori culture.

 

 

It was cool to see what the team was made of and to be pushed a little bit. On our third day we got dumped on. The rain wouldn't let up, I couldn't really take my camera out without risking water damage. We were taught about weather patterns and reading the clouds in alpine terrain.

I felt like a kid in a candy shop ( for lack of a better expression ) being up there on the ridge. I was surrounded with endless mountain beauty, trekking and exploring with my team. As a photographer it's hard to find a more perfect place to be. Our backcountry “huts” are more like backcountry hotels!

 

 

The team had their first summit together. I loved being up there with those guys, to see the struggle on their faces but joy a few seconds later once they caught an eye of a nearby peak that they happen to be higher than.

 

Despite the iffy weather we ended the week with an amazing cruize through the Milford Sound. It was a great place for the team to take much needed break and take in the sights, myself included.



 

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As you can see, the Adventure Guide Program really gets you in the thick of the wilderness, with an amazing team and a knowledgeable and inspiring instructor. Whether you are looking for a break from your everyday life or are keen to get into the outdoors fulltime, Pure Exploration is an awesome, effective way of helping you better yourself. Find out more by firing through your details below and we can send you some detailed info about our programs :)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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18th January 2019

Adventure Guide Program team bonding underway. So cool seeing people at the start of a 12 week journey, knowing so much awesomeness awaits them!

18th January 2019

We are very excited and proud to be annouced as one of the top 3 overall gap year providers for the 2018 @gooverseas Community Choice Awards! We work in an industry of amazing organisations that all work hard to provide young people with life changing experiences, so to be given a nod as one of the most exciting is really amazing for us. Thanks to you all! 🙏

18th January 2019

Dang, what an exceptionally attractive bunch of humans. Huge welcome to the new crew who have touched down in Queenstown for the summer edition of the Adventure Guide Program. Bring on the good times team!

13th January 2019

What are the 10 Best Gap Year destinations for 2019? Go Overseas give the low down on the new hotspots that need to be on your bucket list! https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/best-places-gap-year

12th January 2019

The pics don't lie, grins for days on the Pure Ex AGP!

10th January 2019

Want to know where in the world you could travel with Pure Exploration? Click here to see! https://bit.ly/2Faqhsm

7th January 2019

Yeaaaaah team 💪

6th January 2019

Whilst in Patagonia on our Adventure Guide Program, as well as hiking, climbing and sea kayaking, you'll also get the chance to experience rural Patagonian life, with a farm-stay at a working cattle ranch. South American Gauchos (the equivalent to US cowboys) are expert stock herders that move their cattle on horseback, and are animal experts and local legends. You’ll love this authentic mountain experience with locals! Find out more here https://bit.ly/2R9skDA

31st December 2018

Happy New Year!! What are you going to do this year that really excites you? It's time to push the boat out people!

28th December 2018

One of the highlights of the Adventure Guide Program is the week based in the legendary NZ adventure region, Mt Cook. Home of the highest mountain in the country, this area is synonomous with rock and ice climbing, hiking, mountaineering, ski touring and general outdoor bad-assness. Not for the faint-hearted, you need solid training and systems in place to explore this area, which is subject to strong winds, sub-zero temperatures, avalanches and rockfall. For those who have the right skills however, this place is adventure nirvana! Check out Ken's update on their time at Mt Cook here...https://bit.ly/2GBiR3d

24th December 2018

In New Zealand, Christmas and New Year's is all about Summer BBQ's, long afternoons by the lake or sea drinking cold beers and eating fresh seafood. It's roots reggae music, campfires, good friends and loads of laughs. Whatever Christmas looks like in your family, we hope its a good one ✨

22nd December 2018

Only a handful of places remain for our 2019 intake of the Expedition Leader Program. Central & South America - Southern China - Himalaya.... come join the crew! Find out more about this epic 3 month adventure here...https://bit.ly/2rFKn5d

20th December 2018

Ahhhh Christmas. We loves it. (Pic from the team at Climbing Porn)

17th December 2018

"Here's our team heading across a small alpine snow saddle after summiting Mt. Luxmore on our 2nd hike module. I snapped this photo just before heading over myself. We got whipped with 70Kmh winds on the summit. It was awesome! I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world." Check out more from Ken as the Adventure Guide Program crew hit the NZ Alps here...https://bit.ly/2PHym8Q

17th December 2018

This is Richard, he is our Program and Operations Manager. As well as being a slick operator who will ensure your time on program is amazing, he also is an extremely experienced Bungy jumper and yorkshire pudding expert 💪

11th December 2018

Ken's back! It's time for the Adventure Guide Program crew to get their boots on and experience the New Zealand back country. An unseasonal Spring snowfall added some drama to the week, but certainly made for some scenic hikes! Read more here https://bit.ly/2UyEkML

7th December 2018

Wondering if the Adventure Guide Program is for you? Let's ask someone who has been on the program, the Watford wanderer, London's finest son and newly found fan of NZ, Ethan.

5th December 2018

Nelson, on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand, has crystal clear water, golden sand beaches, beautiful native bush and epic rock to climb. It's home to our June intakes of the Adventure Guide Program here. It's a dreamy as adventurers holiday destination, no matter the season!

2nd December 2018

On Saturday we said farewell to the two groups who have just completed their Adventure Guide Program assessments in NZ. Its been a big last few weeks and everyone has done so well getting through client days and assessment! We are so proud of you all and can't wait to hear what you all get up to next. Its been a busy but amazing 3 months having 30+ people in NZ travelling with us, we are looking forward to our own team debrief and discussing how to nail 2019! First, some Christmas bubbles to celebrate 🍾🥂

29th November 2018

We've loved having the amazing Keri Wingate as one of our inspiring guides for this intake of Adventure Guides in New Zealand. Here are some of her top picks of the last three months out in the wilderness with the team.

24th November 2018

The night sky in New Zealand is 🥇

18th November 2018

Springtime in New Zealand...?

18th November 2018

Rob Roy Glacier trek with some awesome clients. As the program comes to an end our teams are heading up half and full day treks and climbs with real clients from the Queenstown area. Putting all their guiding skills to the test.

17th November 2018

Over the last two weeks, our Adventure Guide groups have been learning all about swift water safety. How cold water affects your ability to move and react, how to understand moving rivers, identify safe zones and areas to avoid. And how to rescue people in dangerous situations. All great stuff to make you a more useful and confident outdoor hiker/swimmer/kayaker/friend!

15th November 2018

Guiding is easy when you have awesome clients!!