IVOR LEVIN - LEAD GUIDE EXTRAORDINAIRE

For Queen and Country, Ivor summits 6000-meter peaks, dangles from ropes, and conquers white water. Meet Ivor Levin, Pure Exploration's impressive lead guide, chief technician and all round legend.

 

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Levin hails from Scotland where he received a Bachelors degree in Economics and a post-graduate Masters degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Edinburgh. His life changed in 1995 when he first visited New Zealand, spending six months tramping and traveling before moving here permanently in 2000. These days, he’s Kiwi as.

Ivor draws from nearly endless experience operating in the outdoors. He holds British Mountaineering Council qualifications and has a log book stretching for miles. He’s all about ski mountaineering, technical alpine rock climbing, and multi-method travel missions in the mountains.

After owning and operating a successful rock climbing gym and guiding company, he spent several years teaching at the Poly Technic in Nelson. There he trained countless outdoor professionals, greatly enjoying the snow safety and avalanche training, mountain biking, and climbing modules. Several times a year, he takes groups to the developing world, bringing him to Nepal, Mongolia, Ecuador, Tanzania, Peru, South East Asia, and India. He’s trekked up heaps of 6000-m peaks in the Himalayas and the Andes. He’s dabbled in lots, but one thing stays true: he’ll climb it if it’s there.

When he’s not busy on course training the next crew of outdoor badasses, he’s drinking tea, hanging out in Luggate with his cat MoMo, swinging around on geo-technical industrial rope access jobs, trad climbing in the Remarkables, and linking up mighty missions around the South Island. Given the choice between fighting 100 duck sized horses or one horse sized duck, he said he’d go zombie apocalypse style and fight the many horses. He’s got jokes & stories for days and is always keen to get in and amongst it.

 

If you're keen to learn more about the outdoors from Ivor, you might be keen on learning more about our Adventure Guide Internships. Fill out the form below and we can fire you through a full program itinerary to check out!


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17th June 2018

Planning on heading out to New Zealand for our awesome Adventure Guide Internship? Worried about if your fitness is up to scratch? Ethan talks us through a good plan of attack

17th June 2018

You'll see this with your very own eyes on our Adventure Guide Internship in Patagonia. Dreamy AF. Learn more about our Patagonian adventure here: https://hubs.ly/H0cGpkL0

15th June 2018

No filters required. Winter in NZ is fresh and foookin beautiful.

11th June 2018

Yes we are kiwis, so I know we are biased. But for real - its time to come check out New Zealand!

8th June 2018

Our adventure guide program in Africa isn’t your usual African jeep safari experience. We go deeper into the mountains and jungles, beyond the tourist route to small game reserves and savannahs focused on sustainability. You’ll be surfing at J-Bay and horse trekking the Drakensburg range, viewing the big-5 but also so many other deadly and fascinating animals. If you're into animals, this outdoor adventure is for you! https://bit.ly/2sCc52A

6th June 2018

Ain't no mountain high enough...

5th June 2018

Pure Exploration is not just another tour. We provide an immersive cultural and natural experience, shaped and driven by a goal - adventure guide qualifications. Founder, Zach, breaks down what we provide and how Pure Exploration is right for your next journey.

29th May 2018

It was -4 in Queenstown this morning. We are dreaming of Central America and balmy beach days!! (but secretly also excited about skiing haha)

27th May 2018

Dreamy days in NZ

25th May 2018

Learning about how to lead others comes from experience. During our programs participants get the chance to lead their group, to learn how to maximise individual's talents and achieve as a team. These are lessons that stand true both in the outdoors and any job/team/family in life.

24th May 2018

Hanging out with miniature turtles. What else would you do when visiting Costa Rica?

23rd May 2018

You know things are getting serious when the fake blood starts making an appearance. We're spending this week doing a prehospital emergency care course and running some wild scenarios. I think the neighbours are getting worried....

22nd May 2018

Although not as high as in the northern parts of the Andes in Bolivia and Chile, the gnarly peaks of the Patagonian Andes Fitz Roy (3,405m - Argentina) and San Valentin (4,058m - Chile) are notoriously difficult to climb and spectacular to view in the flesh. Is Patagonia on your bucket list? Come visit with us https://bit.ly/2IY3AJC

22nd May 2018

Lets not forget about the epic bush module... check it!

21st May 2018

We're almost at the end of our current Adventure guide internship in NZ! Check out some highlights from the rock module below...

20th May 2018

Here are some pics from one of our global programs. Can you guess where?

15th May 2018

On top of the world! Taking clients up on the ridgeline once again. This hike never gets old!

12th May 2018

Learn about what makes our programs different! Zach gives us a breakdown of the core values and designs that define Pure Exploration.

10th May 2018

Maaaan do we have some exciting stuff on the cards for 2019!! AFRICA. You know how epic it would be to explore here for 12 weeks. Check the link people! https://bit.ly/2G3ex77

7th May 2018

Want to learn more about what it takes to earn in the outdoors? Check out our short guide which covers common questions about becoming an adventure guide. We discuss: * The benefits of an immersive internship vs. traditional training organisation * A day in the life of a hiking guide in New Zealand – hear what it’s really like! * Adventure tourism and travel industry research trends for 2018 Check out the guide here https://bit.ly/2rowqsr

7th May 2018

Just a little shout out to our main man Ethan who has been our content king for the Queenstown adventure guide program - we've loved having you (and your drone) touring NZ with us! You can check more out from Ethan on Insta here: https://www.instagram.com/destination.who.cares/?hl=en

3rd May 2018

As the 12 week program enters the last month, our current adventure guide interns will be spending more time reading up on requirements for their NZOIA Leader Hike and Rock assessments. Like last year's interns (pictured), they will find they have been over-prepared and hopefully will feel confident and ready to roll 💪

1st May 2018

A busy 7 days with the Pure Ex team. How's your week looking? Time to make it look a little more like this? Read more about our programs here...https://goo.gl/rNUkHn

30th April 2018

Week 7, training phase almost over, so we mix it up with a bit of kayaking and mountain biking. Enjoy!

27th April 2018

Planning the ascent of the Sebastopol Bluffs at Mt Cook. What would be your plan of attack?