Outdoor climbing at it's finest

Next up on the Adventure Guide Program itinerary is a week in the legendary NZ adventure region, Mt Cook. Home of the highest mountain in the country, this area is synonomous with rock and ice climbing, hiking, mountaineering, ski touring and general outdoor bad-assness. Not for the faint-hearted, you need solid training and systems in place to explore this area, which is subject to strong winds, sub-zero temperatures, avalanches and rockfall. 

For those who have the right skills however, this place is adventure nirvana! Check out Ken's update on their time at Mt Cook below...

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Climbing in Mt. Cook and Wye Creek this week was epic! We started our week with a new instructor and climbed at a crag called Wye creek. It over looks Lake Wakatipu in queenstown and offers some pretty epic views of the surrounding mountains. Our instructor Rich split the group and worked on commercial rigging with us while the others climbed some new routes to get warmed up for the week ahead of us.

 

On tuesday we drove out to Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Park. I have been frothing to get here since I landed in New Zealand and was overwhelmed with excitement to get the team up for some multi pitch sport climbing. So far multi pitch was a culmination of everything the team had learned on the course and the opportunity to put it all to the test. The views on the way out were amazing and only further built the hype for the week ahead.

 

What does your class room look like?

I partnered with Rosie from my team up a 4 pitch climb called Mako in the Mt. Cook valley, in the shadow of the massive Mt. Sefton behind us.  

The legendary Paul Rogers was our head instructor this week. He is know world wide for his work in the greater ranges as a guide, putting up new routes and all around experience. He was a wealth of knowledge and someone to call a future mentor for myself. He has a really relaxed teaching style, peppered with constant jokes and stories from his past expeditions in the mountains.

Paul keeping a watchful eye as Jocelyn builds an anchor 3 pitches off the ground.

We had beautiful weather all week and packed it full of climbing and some solid time on the wall together. Here is a shot of me perched from a hanging belay station about 150 meters off the ground, waiting for some other team members to come back down the wall.

Some of the crew really came into their own this week, pushed new  boundaries and are really putting their training to the test. 

The focus of the week was multi pitch change overs. One pitch being anywhere from 30 to 60 meters of the rope length, switching between a belayer and a leader as we climbed up. We focused on a lot of technical knowledge as well. Safety systems, belaying techniques and anchor building. There is generally a little more stress to get things right when you are dangling a few hundred meters off the deck, and that is where the training comes in, and keeping a cool head

I think the whole group really came together this week, forming a new level of trust in each other in multi pitch and really becoming more confident on the wall. I really enjoy sharing in all that excitement and the development and journey together.

 

We rocked up at the Mt. Cook airport for a quick safety briefing and were so lucky to get a free flight from In Flight  Mt. Cook Heli and Ski tours. They flew us up along the Tasman Glacier and gave us an incredible view of Mt. Cook. The summit was beaming with sunlight. A true inspiration for me as I will be training to be a mountaineer as well. I'll never forget that view.



Pure Ex has done sure an amazing job at facilitating the crews and providing them with a real and in depth experience with some of the most qualified and experienced instructors in the game. We learn by doing not by sitting in a classroom being told.

We finished off the week by watching the sunrise over Aoraki / Mt. Cook as a team. Paul sat behind us and told stories and fun facts about the Southern Alps.

 

 

One of my favorite things about this course is the bond and relationships that I have built with my teammates. Everyone brings something different to the table and everyone has a unique background that all comes together, forming our goofy, misfit family. The friendships that I have built with my crew will without a doubt last a lifetime.

 

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If climbing is your thing, then you'll know how amazing this looks. If climbing isn't your thing, you'll be surprised by how much you enjoy learning new skills and overcoming any fears you have of heights etc, as our careful instructors take you through safety measures and make sure you are 100% confident in what you are doing. If you are keen to take on a challenge in the outdoors, feel free to get in touch (below) and we can chat you through some options we think might suit you. 


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25th March 2019

Time to meet the team! This is John. He is one of our Program Instructors, currently leading a group completing the Adventure Guide Program in Queenstown, New Zealand. John grew up enjoying the outdoors of Florida. Having joined the military when he turned 18, he soon began traveling and seeing the world, thus instilling in him a passion for travel. In the military as a JTAC, he was responsible for directing the action of combat aircraft. He received training not only in his core job skills but also navigation, survival, and bushcraft. After the military, he moved to Bend, Oregon to pursue his helicopter pilots license. Climbing in the countless places available to him in Central Oregon, he soon developed a passion for the sport as well as a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. John is a legend with a heart of gold, and an even bigger appetite - for food and for the outdoors! It's awesome having him on our team

24th March 2019

Enjoying the long warm days of Autumn in New Zealand with a week in the glorious surrounds of Mt Cook National Park.

20th March 2019

Adventure Guide Program crew meeting some key adventure tourism industry employers from around New Zealand tonight at our networking event. It's so great to be able to make these connections and get CVs straight into the key recruiters hands.

19th March 2019

Step away from the desk job and join us for a few months of outdoor fun. Go on...

17th March 2019

Orientation week in New Zealand is a chance to settle in, get to know your new team mates and explore this new land which will become home for the next 12 weeks.

14th March 2019

What types of people come on our programs? People from all over the globe join us for adventure travel missions. Generally we see people who are between 19 - 32 years old - taking a break before college, taking a break for getting into the workplace, taking a break from their work desk! It's all about immersing yourself in the outdoors, forgetting the pressures of everyday and enjoying feeling fit, healthy and renews by visiting new places. Join the crew!

12th March 2019

A good spot for reflection (and a cup of tea) after a big week exploring the New Zealand back country.

10th March 2019

It's time to get the hiking backpack out of the cupboard and buy a ticket abroad. Go on....

8th March 2019

Our adventure travel programs are all about living life to the full, getting away from your work desk, putting down that phone and refreshing your soul. Fresh air, fascinating cultures, like minded mates, learning new skills. Join the crew and take some time to focus on you!

8th March 2019

When your thousands of kms from home, if you're lucky, you'll find another kind of oddball/amazing family to call your own.

7th March 2019

Happy #internationalwomensday ! Women lead the way in so many ways. We are proud to offer young women from around the world the chance to gain confidence in themselves and their skills. Bring on the future!

6th March 2019

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5th March 2019

New kiwi maaaaaaaaates... 🐑🐑🐑

5th March 2019

A huge welcome to the newest crew to join us for an Adventure Guide Program. Enjoy your awesome Orientation Week, then it's business time!

3rd March 2019

Outdoor climbing is a bit scary and can take you a bit to get your head around. But like anything else that pushes you out of your comfort zone, the elation felt with nailing it is unreal! Would you be game to hang from a 20 metre rock face?

1st March 2019

From ultra-light bivvy bags, moisture wicking tops and merino bottoms, to polarized sunglasses, flint firelighters and seam-sealed jackets ... gear nerds are our kinds of people.

1st March 2019

Hailing from: The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, USA, Australia, Greece, Poland and Canada!!! Introducing the March Adventure guide crew on their first day in Queenstown 🙌 Welcome team we are so stoked to have you here!

26th February 2019

We love seeing the pics roll in from our Adventure Guide Programs. Good times speak for themselves, don't they!

13th February 2019

Nor'west skies are red, Guide ropes are blue, Coffee brewed over campfire black Means a great day ahead its true... Happy V day team, hope its filled with things that put a smile on your dial! 🥰

11th February 2019

The next great crew of explorers hit the kiwi shores and begin their adventures. Welcome team! 🤴👸

10th February 2019

Sunday lake hangs to combat the steamy NZ summer

9th February 2019

Some of the cute locals you'll meet when on our Adventure Guide Program in Patagonia! Find out more about this program here.. https://bit.ly/2DlIb8i

7th February 2019

When you think of New Zealand, do you think of spectacular mile high mountains with cascading waterfalls, deep ancient rainforests filled with stunning native birdsong and wild deer? You're right, you know. We go here on our NZ Adventure Guide Program. It's pretty rad, to say the least.