BLOG UPDATE: 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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If spending some time with cool people in New Zealand sounds like something you'd be into, then get in touch! Our full itineraries detail each program so you can get an idea week by week what goes on, what qualifications you get and what the philosophy is all about. Simply fire through your details below and we can get an itinerary to you asap. 

 


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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!

8th October 2018

We only have 3 places left for our Expedition Leader Program, starting June 2019! This overland tour heads through Southern China, Peru and Nepal, heading to famous regions and small villages alike. Perfect for those looking for experience in high altitude hiking and developing world regions. Ditch the desk job for a few months and join the missions!

7th October 2018

So, you've just signed up for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand. Touchdown in Queenstown. What happens now? Let's see...

7th October 2018

So many beautiful corners of New Zealand to explore. Does anyone know where this is? An area well known for its surf breaks, fish and chips and amazing regular visits from whales, dolphins and seals!

1st October 2018

A magic hike into north branch of the Routeburn with the honey badgers 👍🌿

30th September 2018

Team briefing, then off into the snowy springtime hills!

29th September 2018

Snow, a practical refreshing drink?

28th September 2018

"It’s given me a whole new perspective on life and changed me from a Londoner to someone who just wants to be in the outdoors." Click below to read more from Ethan, who completed our Adventure Guide Program in March this year! https://hubs.ly/H0dWFwZ0

26th September 2018

Awesome to see some of the crew testing out their trad climbing skills on Tombstone at Hospital Flat, near Wanaka today. A great effort by everyone!

23rd September 2018

This is what we like to see. Grins from ear to ear! 😜

20th September 2018

Are you keen to test your outdoor skills at high altitude? To explore developing world regions? To hang out with like-minded, inspiring people? We think you are in the right place, my friend.

18th September 2018

Beautiful intro to hike module 1 with a day hike in Arrowtown! Team 3 was introduced to new navigation skills including compass and map reading, identifying local and exotic flora and fauna, and some people skills to go along with guiding. Ivor entertained the team with stories and facts along the way to split up the trek. What a way to spend your Tuesday!

17th September 2018

If you see an out of office on our emails today, this is why.

17th September 2018

Some surprise snow for Spring in Queenstown, New Zealand! Movie day for our team ❄❄☃️

10th September 2018

Founder Zach instructing team three on their first day on the rock. Pure Exploration's immersive and hands on program takes first time climbers and trains them to be rock leaders. Giving them the tools and knowledge to pass on to future climbers. At first sight the walls can be intimidating, but the intimate teaching environment and one on one instructor-trainee relationship gave these first timers the confidence to send their first routes.

9th September 2018

We currently have three groups in Queenstown, New Zealand taking part in the Adventure Guide Program. Here's Team three packing up their twelve person van like absolute pros!

9th September 2018

Team three setting up camp in Wanaka for their first week of climbing. Not a bad view, I guess!

6th September 2018

When adventure guides meet Real Country

6th September 2018

Guys, meet Team Honey Badger. We can tell its gonna be a good 3 months!

5th September 2018

Double cone in the setting sun. Queenstown is truly amazing. The perfect place that lends inspiration for all of us aspiring adventure guides. #neverstopexploring

5th September 2018

Team two crushing the poses around Queenstown today, and perhaps catching the occasional goat! Orientation week has gone off without a hitch and everyone is really bonding as a unit. Can't wait to get on the trail next week!

3rd September 2018

John from Real Country showing @crystalgraham_ from our August Pure Ex crew how to drench a hogget (giving them a dose of vitamins!). Thanks again to Real Country for an amazing afternoon of fun and learning. Cheers!