Head for the hills - An intro to hiking in New Zealand

Ken's back!

It's time for the Adventure Guide Program crew to get their boots on and experience the New Zealand back country. An unseasonal Spring snowfall added some drama to the week, but certainly made for some scenic hikes! 

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My team moved quickly into week three, which was our first hiking module. Due to an unexpected spring snow storm we spent our first morning in town having a weather lecture, then hit the trail for a day hike into the hills surrounding Arrowtown. The goal of day one was an introduction to orienteering and learning to move as a large hiking group.

     

 

Tuesday we drove out to the Routeburn track in Mt. Aspiring National Park. We then spent three days on the trail, moving as a crew, trading leads and diving deeper into orienteering, flora, fauna and the tips n tricks of being a guide.

   

     

Tuesday we drove out to the Routeburn track in Mt. Aspiring National Park. We then spent three days on the trail, moving as a crew, trading leads and diving deeper into orienteering, flora, fauna and the tips n tricks of being a guide.

 

      

The team navigates through new terrain, and pushes up into the alpine through the fallout of the spring snow!



Our guide Ivor, was an incredible source of knowledge and inspiration and gave us a first hand look into the guiding life and what it takes to be a professional, and guide clients into the backcountry.

   

 

My team learned to pack gear and food for a large group. How to prepare meals and carry group gear. Cooking for and taking care of a large group is an integral skill to have as a guide. I think we all learned a heap, and have walked away with some valuable insights into the guiding life.

 

 

   

 

  We all walked away with a new sense of confidence and new knowledge of how to lead a group into alpine terrain.

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If getting into the New Zealand back country (or Patagonia) sounds like something you'd be keen on, please fire through you details below and we can send you a detailed program itinerary to check out!


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