Queenstown Update: A week on the wall

Let's catch up with Caroline as they complete week one of climbing: 

As twelve sleepy heads piled into our van and made the journey home from Wanaka to Queenstown there was a general consensus in the car. Week one of rock climbing was absolutely ace, but it also had us all ready for a pretty massive nap.

There is a huge range of experience and abilities on this program. It’s awesome. We all have something to learn from one and other. I myself fall into the lesser experienced category when it comes to rock climbing. Part of the reason I joined the program was to gain access and have the time to commit to learning the new skill. With that in mind, I came into the course very aware that the learning curve I was going to be up against may be significantly steeper than some of my peers.

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Our instructors made it clear most of the information we were given regarding our NZOIA Rock Leader qualification would be relayed to us in the first two weeks of teaching. It became increasingly apparent that for myself, as someone relatively new to outdoor climbing, just how much I had to learn. As much as that may be true, as long as you’re up for the challenge and can manage your time effectively, it can be completely doable!

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One of the key things we learned was the concept of resultant force and the critical angle when setting anchors and placing top ropes. This essentially means you’re trying to place the anchors that hold the rope with an angle which will not put excess strain on either of the bolts holding the gear. The further away you get from the critical angle it begins to put more and more unnecessary strain on the equipment.

As well as working hard to grasp the basics of rock climbing this week, it was also an opportunity to find the ‘critical angle’ whilst off the wall. Working out a way to find the balance for the work load of the course alongside leaving time for self care and continuing to get to know the other awesome people who are undergoing the program alongside you. Doing all of this while trying not to put excess strain on yourself.

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It is important to try work within the critical angle to ensure all of your needs are met and you don’t find yourself burning out. Setting aside appropriate amounts of time to recharge. To study. To learn. To laugh. To reflect. To get to know the person beside you. When all of this is taken into account and everything given the adequate amount of attention, this is when the most can be taken away from the amazing AGP experience.

 


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2021-05-09

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2021-05-08

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2021-05-07

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2021-05-04

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2021-05-03

Views from your bedroom like this are common place on our Programs. We run completely accessible courses that balance exploration and learning perfectly. Our destinations include Patagonia, New Zealand and Nepal. . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-02

River crossings are just pat and parcel of our Adventure Guide Programs. Our Nepal Program is in the midst of learning how to cross safely using teamwork (I can confirm the rivers are icy cold) . . . . . #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #travelphotography #photography #hiking #travelgram #traveler #naturephotography #adventures #mountains #outdoors #camping #travelblogger #instatravel #wanderer #photooftheday #traveller #forest #outdoor #landscape #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #love

2021-05-01

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2021-04-26

Tip Tuesday - When packing make sure you pack you clothes in a liner inside your backpack. This will ensure dry clothes whatever the weather! If you don't have a liner just use a binbag. You will thank us! . . . . . . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-25

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2021-04-24

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2021-04-23

The weekends are for exploring and if you aren't on one of our Programs get yourself an adventure booked! We are going to kick off this weekend with a hike near our HQ. This hike takes in Arrowtown, Brow Peak, and ends at Coronet Peak. It's a long one but the views are magical! Where are you adventuring this weekend? . . . . . #newzealand #nz #travel #auckland #nature #photography #queenstown #nzmustdo #wanderlust #love #travelphotography #adventure #southisland #roadtrip #instagood #mountains #landscape #travelgram #photooftheday #beautiful #purenewzealand #instatravel #explore #wellington #beach #naturephotography #hiking #picoftheday #sunset #newzealandguide

2021-04-22

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2021-04-20

Australia - You might have kangaroos, koalas and a whole lot of other cool wildlife but we have Keas.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These cheeky birds can be found on both the Kepler and Routeburn tracks. Did we mention that our new 2 week Expeditions take in these routes? Spaces are limited with Expeditions running from mid May!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #travelaustralia #australia #seeaustralia #travel #exploreaustralia #visitaustralia #sydney #travelphotography #australiagram #newzealand #discoveraustralia #travelgram #x #nsw #nature #australiatravel #roadtrip #queensland #adventure #queenstown #downunder #wanderlust #travelaus #westernaustralia #visitnsw #travellingaustralia #beach #explore #travelnsw

2021-04-19

Our Iceland 12 week Adventure Guide Program this June still has a few spots available. We are excited to announce either no quarantine or a minimal 5 day quarantine to get into Iceland. One of the most easily accessible countries at the moment! Get in touch to find out more.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-18

The 8th wonder of the world - Milford Sound. This is included in our 2-week expedition. After finishing up on the Routeburn Track you will be whisked away for an amazing cruise along this fascinating Fiord. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #travelaustralia #australia #seeaustralia #travel #exploreaustralia #visitaustralia #sydney #travelphotography #australiagram #ig #discoveraustralia #travelgram #x #nsw #nature #australiatravel #roadtrip #queensland #adventure #vanlife #downunder #wanderlust #travelaus #westernaustralia #visitnsw #travellingaustralia #beach #explore #travelnsw

2021-04-17

Ah Queenstown! The home of our Headquarters. We love it here and it's been pretty quiet since Covid. We can't wait to welcome you back with our 2, 4, and, 6 week Expedition options. Looking for adventure? We got you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . #landscapephotography #x #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #offroad #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #bushcraft #summer #trekking #neverstopexploring #roadtrip

2021-04-16

Have you always been interested to dip your toe in the world of climbing? Our 2 week Queenstown Expedition includes 4 days of climbing which will take you from novice to pro! We will also take you along 2 Great Walks in this Expedition (The Routeburn and the Kepler Tracks). What more could you want?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #newzealand #nz #travel #auckland #nature #photography #queenstown #nzmustdo #wanderlust #love #travelphotography #adventure #southisland #roadtrip #instagood #mountains #landscape #travelgram #photooftheday #beautiful #purenewzealand #instatravel #explore #wellington #beach #naturephotography #hiking #picoftheday #sunset #newzealandguide

2021-04-15

We have missed you Australia! We are taking our 12-week Adventure Guide Programs and rolling them up into 2, 4 and, 6 week Expeditions! You will be hiking and climbing across the New Zealand backcountry while learning the ropes (climbing) and advancing your hiking skills. What better place to do it than the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #travelaustralia #australia #seeaustralia #travel #exploreaustralia #visitaustralia #sydney #travelphotography #australiagram #aoteroa #discoveraustralia #travelgram #newzealand #nsw #nature #australiatravel #roadtrip #queensland #adventure #queenstown #downunder #wanderlust #travelaus #westernaustralia #visitnsw #travellingaustralia #beach #explore #travelnsw

2021-04-14

Our new Adventures will be including a bit of this! How epic does this ‘Expedition’ look?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nzmustdo #patagonia #Nepal #peru #nz #personaldevelopment #hikingculture #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife