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.


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. 



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!


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15th March 2018

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14th March 2018

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11th March 2018

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9th March 2018

The first overnight trip did not disappointed! On top of the Remarkables, not a soul or track in sight, clear skies above and an evening hike up a nearby mountain for the sunset. Time for a few rest days before getting into some rock climbing next week!

8th March 2018

Last week we welcomed the next bunch of legends joining us in Queenstown for the Adventure Guide Internship. Ethan Kaandorp is going to be keeping us all up to date with what the crew are up to. Check out his Vlog of his time in NZ so far!

7th March 2018

Discussing the plan for today's hike - assessing the terrain and weather outlook with the team

7th March 2018

Learning to navigate with map and compass in Skippers Canyon. Tomorrow we head for the hills!

5th March 2018

Absolutely stunning pic of our hometown from up Ben Lomond Peak by the talented @oliverward. Magic. #repost@queenstownnz

4th March 2018

Nailing down those climbing skills in stunning Wanaka, some exciting river crossing adventures, a couple of epic hiking trips... it's all kicking off in Michel's 3rd VLOG! Check it out here

1st March 2018

The new Adventure Guide crew are here! Looking forward to getting to know you all! Ethan and Ethan yet to come...

28th February 2018

How are your fire lighting skills? Andrew showing us how it's done.

25th February 2018

Awww team. Such legends. Check out this wee overview video from Michel who took part in the September 2017 Adventure Guide Internship. We miss you guys already! If you want to learn more about this course, click here to check out an itinerary

24th February 2018

It's your turn to cook. You're camping out this week, and with the team you budgeted your money wisely to make sure you have good nutritious and tasty meals to keep you going. What would be your go-to meal?

22nd February 2018

22 February, 50 cm of snow. Queenstown never ceases to amaze! 😻 #summersnow

21st February 2018

For Queen and Country, Ivor summits 6,000-meter peaks, dangles from ropes, and conquers white water. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ivor Levin - Pure Exploration's impressive lead guide, chief technician and all round legend. Click here to learn more about Pure Ex's main man:

20th February 2018

When what's on your back is your home...

19th February 2018

Hard to beat scenery like this.. unless of course you grab a body board, some fins, and rip down the K river's class 3 rapids! #seriousfun #riverboarding

18th February 2018

It's time to catch up with Michel again for his second Vlog - VLOG #2 - as he talks us through his first week in New Zealand, all about the intern house and what they've been up to!

17th February 2018

It's been a summer to remember here in New Zealand. Hot days, blue skies for months on end, long warm nights, campfires, road trips, beers by the ocean, BBQ's with friends, swims in remote alpine lakes. If you're sitting on your couch with a blanket keeping warm from a bitter Northern Hemisphere winter, just let that sink in.... 😉

15th February 2018

What's it like to live and train with people from around the world in a foreign country? Awesome is what it is. And hilarious. Get an insight into what life is life living with a new crew on other side of the world for three months from Kaylee, 2017's chief Adventure Guide Intern blogger.

14th February 2018

Wildflowers, much better than a bunch from the florist. Happy Valentine's Day folks!

13th February 2018

Looks like New Zealand is delivering on its promises for these grinning folk!

10th February 2018

"To my parents, First off, thanks for your support - I could not have done this without you. Second, don't worry I've been safe the whole time in NZ. I know you worry about me dangling off the sides of cliffs and riverboarding down rapids, but I've been surrounded by experienced guides the whole time that focused a lot of their energy into teaching me personal safety out in the elements. Finally, I want you to know that this investment has been worth it. I haven't been wasting my time - and there is a plethora of advice I can take into real-world applications. And New Zealand was amazing!"

8th February 2018

Meanwhile, down the road from our interns in Queenstown, this guy trains up for his next #missionimpossible ....