Ken lands in NZ for Orientation week

Ken Shaffer is one of the awesome crew who are currently with us in New Zealand for the Adventure Guide Program, which began in September. September is Springtime in New Zealand, the perfect time to get into the mountains. Ken is an experienced climber who is going to be taking us along for a ride as he works his way through the 12 week program. Let's check in for an Orientation Week update!

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I landed in Queenstown on the evening of Aug 26th and was greeted with this stunning moon and mountain display over the Remarkables. I pulled my camera out and snapped a few photos in excitement. I woke up the next morning to this sunrise. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to the beauty that queenstown has to offer. It was the perfect lead into my first week at Pure Ex. and a small glimpse into the three months still to lie ahead.

 

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Hey Guys, Ken here. Your Sept 2018 Pure Ex ambassador. I am psyched to be here and can't wait to share my team’s adventures and progress throughout the course. A little bit about me: I am from New York and have been working as a video producer and photographer in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the past 8 years. I decided to finally make the change from commercial production to adventure film in order to follow my dream of adventure filmmaking. I found a perfect fit in the Pure Exploration adventure guide program as their ambassador, while also training to become a guide myself.

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Week 1 is orientation week. Pure Ex. is unique due to the fact it turns 12 strangers from around the world into a family. We live together, travel together, eat, cook, hike, climb and train together. Orientation week is all about getting used to your new crew, exploring queenstown and learning to function as a community of adventurers. All the teams are given a scavenger hunt that takes you all around the nooks and crannies of Queenstown. You'll jump off a cliff, chase some sheep, shoot skeet, take an epic gondola ride, hike some classic routes and explore the country, just to name a few. Team work and group learning are at the core of each Pure Ex program, so your crew really does become like your family.

 

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By the end of your first week you'll have formed a bond with your crew as you head into your first week of training and first steps into becoming an adventure guide. I love my team, and am so happy for the opportunity to be training and traveling with them. Everyone is extremely unique and brings different experiences to the table. Each person plays their role and we all have too much fun together. I really love these guys!

 

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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.

31st October 2018

Happy Halloween y'all! From the Adventure Guide Program and Pure Ex crew in New Zealand 😈👾😹💀🧜‍♀️👯‍♂️🤠

29th October 2018

Team three tops out on the summit of Alex Knob at 1, 303 meters and are greeted with an epic view of the main divide bursting out of a sea of clouds and the Frans Josef glacier smack dab in the middle.

28th October 2018

Dana Ester was one of the inspiring students that joined us in 2017 for our Adventure Guide Program based in New Zealand. People come on our programs for a range of reasons - some as a break from study to spend time focusing on themselves, some to simply fill their lungs with fresh air for a few months, some hoping to begin a lifetime career in the outdoors. From the start Dana knew she wanted to work in the outdoors, and was looking for the framework and confidence to set off on her own journey. We loved having her with us over her three months in NZ, so it was really cool to see an update pop up in the inbox sharing where she is now. Check it out! https://bit.ly/2JjHBKU

28th October 2018

Team three rolling in the deep for a much needed "rest day" mountain biking in Wanaka.

27th October 2018

And an epic week it was. My team and I are on our 4th hiking module this week. We split into groups of 2 and each group lead the rest of the crew that day. Shout out to Gab and Joselyn for an incredible day full of even better sights to see. I set my tent up a few feet from the water of lake Paringa And woke up to a mirror lake, then we hiked to the summit of Alex Knob at 1303 meters and were greeted with a beautiful display of clouds and the mountains of the main divide. As above so below almost. - Ken

26th October 2018

Fiordland, doing what it does best - being incomparably amazing! Ancient native forests, rare plants, incredible birdsong, dolphins, fiords, lakes...

26th October 2018

The team has a play on the boulders at Castle Hill during a week of epic exploration up the West Coast and through Arthur's Pass.

20th October 2018

Learning the ropes. Literally. Let's check in with Ken and see how the team is going with their intro to rock climbing on the NZ Adventure Guide Program! https://hubs.ly/H0fbvzq0

18th October 2018

Look at those happy faces, what a bunch of legends. Team Kachow it's an absolute pleasure having you here in New Zealand with us!

14th October 2018

Alrighty, our first check in from Ken, our ambassador currently on the New Zealand Adventure Guide Program! Check out his run-down on Orientation week here..https://bit.ly/2C7A5kN

13th October 2018

We've had some rather snowy Spring weather in NZ over the last few days, but it will mean some beauutiful hiking days afterwards! #brightside #freshies

12th October 2018

Meet Ivor, our head guide in New Zealand. Hailing from Scotland, Ivor brings decades of experience climbing and guiding around the world. He has a few good stories to share and a great sense of humour!