Adventure Guide Intern update - Orientation & Rock Climbing

  •  It's always great to hear from the interns on the ground about how the programs are going. It's a great way to get an idea about what its really like when you touch down in New Zealand for a Pure Exploration Internship!

 

This month, we hear from Kaylee Pickett, who is currently on the Adventure Guide Internship in Queenstown, which began in September.

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We started with a course overview and Welcome BBQ which was a great way to get to know each other. We also got the chance to meet some of our future instructors and potential employers for our work placement upon completion of the program. 

 

We then spent two days running around the Queenstown area on a scavenger hunt. It was awesome to go to some of the classic sites like the Kawarau Bungy Bridge where AJ Hackett Bungy began and the Million Dollar View, especially because these are the areas we'll be taking future clients as junior guides. One of our tasks was to check out the SS Earnslaw (a steamship) but we misunderstood and drove an hour and a half to the Earnslaw glacier! This little misadventure took us through some beautiful areas and helped bring us even closer as a team.  

We had several funny challenges for each of the tasks on our list like building a human pyramid and riding the bull at Cowboys Bar, which we had a lot of fun doing. 

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The first Rock Climbing Module took us to beautiful Wanaka for a few introductory lessons and the chance to get comfortable back on the rock. Some of the team had never been climbing before so this first module was an awesome opportunity for them to learn the ropes (literally) and get familiar with the feeling of moving up the rock. Others got the chance to lead their first routes, try abseiling for the first time, and learn some awesome techniques for rigging a top rope and how to manage a group both top roping and abseiling. 

 

The first module gave us a lot of time to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses both as individuals and as a group. We encountered a few difficulties with meal planning but otherwise had many successes. Individually we had our first experience living and training as a group outside of HQ and Queenstown, and although we were all pretty tired by the end, we ran into very few issues as a team. We're all very excited for our upcoming modules and especially for our road trip up the west coast dedicated mostly to climbing but a bit to trekking as well. Bring it on!

 

If you are interested in finding out more about our adventure guide internships and find out if you have what it takes, fire through your details below and one of our team will be in touch!


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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

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7th December 2018

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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 Wingnut 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!!

15th November 2018

A good crew, a roaring campfire and a few good stories to tell. When was the last time you had an awesome outdoor adventure?

14th November 2018

When the students become the teachers. Here's Rosie keeping a watchful eye on her clients as they belay each other up hero wall. Well done guys! As part of the Adventure Guide Program, students spend some of their final weeks practising what they've learned with real clients. It's a fantastic point of realisation to be able to see really how much has been learned along the way, and how much confidence they've gained in the outdoors. Whether they go on into outdoor careers or not, this confidence in themselves and in the outdoors is the biggest thing they can take away.

13th November 2018

Throwing back to a beautiful walk along a windy ridge on the Kepler track. Epic views!

12th November 2018

Putting all their training into practice, the mountain goats up at Rob Roy Glacier in Wanaka today leading real clients on a day hike. Love your work!

11th November 2018

Team three visits Wanaka Search and Rescue with Paul Rogers. Getting a run down on how a rescue is planned and operated.

9th November 2018

Catching the alpineglow on Aoraki Mt Cook

9th November 2018

Catching the alpineglow on Aoraki Mt. Cook.

8th November 2018

The adventures never end. Throwing back to the teams first multi-pitch climbs together in Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park. The views never disappoint, and something about being strapped to a mountain 120 meters off the ground gets your blood flowing. All other distractions fade, and nothing else matters but the moment you're in right then.

7th November 2018

Scanning the wall for their next climb, gear in hand.

6th November 2018

Rob Roy Glacier Track with the team. Beautiful day with a buncha goof balls.

5th November 2018

Taking a little walk on the west coast to break up a busy week of guiding.

2nd November 2018

Hey Mom! Just messaging from the middle of a 100ft cliff face in New Zealand....

1st November 2018

Little Rosie and sloth man Sam cruise up the corner arette on lower Kai wall in Wanaka yesterday. These guys are total crushers!

31st October 2018

Having a play at Castle Hill.