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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2021-06-15

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2021-06-13

Life is best when you’re camping! You get to enjoy the sunset from the comfort of your temporary home, watch the starry night sky, breath the fresh air and gaze into a campfire. Our students set up camp on the side of mountains and lakes as they progress on their multi-day hikes, and rave about the camping experiences on our programs! . . . . . . #camping #campinglife #campingvibes #naturelovers #travelling #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #adventurelife #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #mountains #outdoors #wanderer #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #peru #ausangate #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #expedition #globalexpedition

2021-06-13

Throwback to our Expedition Leader Students loving the Ausangate Trek in the Peruvian mountains. This Andes hike is all about the scenery! You will pass snow peaks, glaciers, bright blue mountain lakes and of course the famous Rainbow Mountain. The Expedition Leader Program takes you on a 12-week trip around Peru and 5 other countries, while you learn to plan and undertake expeditions to remote areas. This is the first step on your journey to becoming a travel tour guide! . . . . . #andes #peru #ausangate #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #beautiful #hike #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #trekking #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #hiking #travelgram #mountains #outdoors #hikingadventures #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #expedition #globalexpedition #hikingculture

2021-06-12

Iceland is often called the Land of Ice and Fire, and for good reason! But it could just as well be called The Land of the Waterfalls. The frequent rain and snow in combination with the presence of large glaciers that melt in summer, make for some large, powerful and absolutely stunning waterfalls. Want to see them for yourself? On our Adventure Guide Program, you will hike to remote waterfalls and mountain tops, learn about the culture, try to catch the northern lights, and explore some of the best rock climbing and hiking spots on the planet. . . . . . . #waterfalls #iceland #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #beautiful #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #traveltheworld #landscape #picoftheday #adventureguide #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #hiking #earthoutdoors #wildernessculture #roamearth

2021-06-11

Get inspired! Alex Honnold was the first person to reach the top of Yosemite’s El Capitan wall without ropes back in 2018! Hats off to him, but we’ll continue teaching our students safe climbing techniques using harnesses, ropes, knots, helmets. . . . . . . #amazing #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #adventurer #adventure #mountains #outdoors #yosemite #elcapitan #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #agp #elp #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #mountainstories #liveyourbestlife

2021-06-10

What’s that? Only 2 more spots available on our Adventure Guide Program in Nelson this September? That’s right, but it’s not too late yet! This can be your chance to join 10 other adventurers on a life-changing journey of self-discovery in the sunniest place of New Zealand! Climb and hike your way through Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman National Park, while spotting blue penguins, seals and dolphins from the coastline! . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #wildlife #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #adventurer #adventure #travel #wanderlust #outdoors #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #newzealand #nz #nzmustdo #southisland #purenewzealand #pureexploration #adventureguide #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #hiking #climbing #rockclimbing #nztravel #nelson

2021-06-09

Can you navigate in the wild? On our Adventure Guide Program, you will learn essential navigation skills and earn you hiking qualifications. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to lead groups on walks! . . . . . #navigation #queenstown #newzealand #compass #naturelovers #travelling #traveling #hike #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #explorer #hiking #adventures #outdoors #wanderer #hikingadventures #nz #travel #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #nztravel #personaldevelopment #hikingculture

2021-06-08

Top Tip Tuesday! Get yourself socks or a base layer made from merino wool. It keeps you warmer for longer, while being soft, breathable and odor-resistant! . . . . . #merino #traveltips #merinowool #newzealand #travelling #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventuretravel #trekking #adventurer #adventure #travel #hiking #outdoors #traveller #outdoor #pureexploration #adventureguide #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #hikingculture

2021-06-06

Trekking through the Himalayas is a magical experience! Read all about Michael's (@wattomatic) 12-day hiking adventure in Langtang National Park with our Nepal group. . . . . . #langtang #langtangtrek #nepal #travelblog #himalayas #himalayan #himalayasnepal #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #beautiful #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #trekking #neverstopexploring #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #hiking #travelblogger #hikingadventures #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #hikingculture

2021-06-06

El Chaltén is known as the National Capital of Trekking in Argentina. We can see why! Do you want to join the next Adventure Guide Program to Patagonia and see the mountains for yourself? . . . . . #elchalten #fitzroy #losglaciares #argentina #patagonia #patagoniaargentina #southamerica #landscapephotography #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #outdoorlife #trekking #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #adventuretime #mountains #outdoors #traveller #hiking #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #hiking #mountainstories

2021-06-05

Nothing beats the feeling of the reaching the top of a mountain together! Our Queenstown group forgot all about the blisters, sweat and tears is took to get there. . . . . . #queenstown #newzealand #nz #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #hike #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #hiking #mountains #lakes #outdoors #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #southisland #photooftheday #pureexploration #adventureguide #agp #globaladventure #nztravel #hikingculture

2021-06-04

Get inspired! Karen Darke got paralyzed from the chest down after a fall but never let that hold her back. She crossed Greenland’s ice cap on a sit-ski, cycled the length of Japan and climbed El Capitan! . . . . #travelinspiration #travelling #traveling #amazing #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #exploring #outdoorlife #exploremore #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure #travel #explorer #traveller #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #outside_project #mountainstories #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-06-02

Have you heard? Pure Ex is going to Slovenia & Italy! Now offering a 12-week adventure guide program to the stunning Julian Alps and Dolomites. . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #beautiful #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #pureexploration #adventureguide #agp #elp #expedition #hiking #climbing #travelstoke #slovenia #italy #dolomites #sloveniatravel #bled

2021-06-02

Rafting, kayaking AND getting a White-Water Rescue Certificate while doing so? That sounds like a good time! Get you own river rescue qualifications as you get out on the water in the Adventure Guide Program. . . . . #rafting #kayaking #waterrescue #whitewater #nepal #certification #adventureguide #naturelovers #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #outdoorlife #exploremore #adventurer #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp

2021-06-01

Top Tip Tuesday! Give your hiking shoes a test run. When you purchase a new pair, ask the store about the return policy and wear them around the house before you commit. If they’re not right for you, return them or swap them for another pair. . . . . . . #hiking #hikingadventures #hikingculture #hikingshoes #pureexploratoin #hikingtips #naturelovers #travelling #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #naturelover #exploring #getoutside #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #trekking #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure # #wanderlust #outdoor #traveltheworld #adventuretravel #hikingculture

2021-05-31

We love hearing from our program participants! Read all about Michael Watt's (@wattomatic) adventures as he gets his outdoor guide qualifications in Nepal! . . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #climbing #rockclimbing #Nepal #earthoutdoors #liveforthestory #outside_project #wildernessculture #roamearth #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer

2021-05-29

Snorkeling with turtles, it's possible in the Galapagos Islands! Explore Ecuador as well as 5 other countries on our Expedition Leader Program! . . . . . #galapagos #galapagosislands #wildlife #galapagoswildlife #turtle #snorkel #snorkeling #pureexploration #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #elp #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure #roamearth #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife #wanderlust #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #explorer #traveltheworld #hikingadventures #travelling #traveling

2021-05-29

Our Nepal program group celebrating the colorful holiday of Holi! During this important festival for Hindus, people will cover each other with colored powder to express their blessings and good wishes. Do you want to be there next year? . . . . . #holi #holifestival #holifestivalofcolours #nepal #nepaltravel #nepalisbeautiful #beautifuldestinations #travelling #traveling #amazing #ig #exploretheworld #instagood #discover #pureexploration #neverstopexploring #adventurer #adventure #travel #traveltheworld #agp #globaladventure #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife

2021-05-28

Get Inspired! Karl Bushby is attempting to walk the longest unbroken footpath in history, going from Chili to England. So far, he has walked 43.493 km! . . . . . #travelling #travelinspiration #traveling #hike #adventureseeker #adventureisoutthere #adventuretravel #exploretheworld #instagood #exploring #discover #outdoorlife #exploremore #adventurethatislife #adventurelife #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #explorer #hiking #travelgram #hikingadventures #pureexploration #expedition #globalexpedition #globaladventure

2021-05-26

Climbing is as close as we can come to flying! . . . . . #pureexploration #adventuretravel #adventureguide #adventuretravel #gooutdoors #spendmoretimeoutdoors #agp #elp #climbing #rockclimbing #mountainstories #mountainquotes #travelstoke #liveyourbestlife #mountains #landscape #travelgram #adventurer #adventure #travel #nature #wanderlust #explore #adventuretime #mountains #outdoors #outdoorlife