Rocking in the free world..

As the year comes to a close, the group that joined us in September for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand are also finishing up their time with us. These last weeks are spent nailing down their rock climbing skills and enjoying each other's company. Let's check in with Ken and see what the latest news is...




Week 10 I think it is now. Wow time has gone by so fast! This was our last rock module. We focused mostly on rigging, and going back to the basics to make sure everyone was confident for when assessments come along. We had 4 days to get sorted before our Swift Water Rescue Training on the weekend.


We spent the week as usual at a Department of Conservation site in Wanaka. Living out of tents, cooking and eating together at night. We split up into cooking groups about mid week through our training to spread the responsibility of feeding the crew. One team would cook, the next clean and the third would cook breakfast the next morning, then rinse and repeat. It worked out really well for us. Above is a shot I took while we were hanging out together waiting for dinner to be cooked at our site..


Our instructors flipped the script on us this week. They wanted us to teach each other as if we were teaching and instructing our clients. So we went over our syllabus and instructed each other in different settings to get ready.

We also squeezed in a lot of personal climbing this week as well. The team was able to build on the skills that they learned over the past few months and put them to the test in a more casual setting. The point of our training is practical learning. You need to be able to physically do it, not just tell someone how to do it. So having the time for personal development and self directed learning is invaluable.


This pic shows the team scanning the crag at Far side as they first walk in. Checking out the rock and potential climbs they might want to hop on. Everyone was super excited to just get on the rock and get some personal climbing done that day.



Smiles are frequent and not hard to find.



The team getting all geared up for their Swift Water Rescue Qualification. The 2-day course consisted of throw bag rescue techniques, river boarding, river rescue and safety techniques. Everyone had a blast getting thrown into the turbulent waters!



No one ever takes good photos of the photographer so I have to selfie it every now and again.


In reality we are all just a bunch of goof balls just trying to figure it all out together.


At the end of the day we all walk away and the learning that comes with it. We all came here for our own reasons, some for a gap year program and some to get their foot into the outdoor industry. We work together, learn together and train together. Cant wait to see where we all end up after the program ends.

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If joining our next program and experiencing the friendships and exploration that Ken describes so well here appeals, then please do get in touch. Our programs are great for not only those looking to have a year out from study, but also for those needing a break in the outdoors, and those looking to get into the outdoors for a career. There is something in these programs for everyone. Fire through your info below for a detailed itinerary and plenty of info on what its all about.


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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..

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.

7th February 2019

Yesterday was our national holiday in New Zealand, called Waitangi Day. Goes without saying that the AGP crew spent the day doing typical kiwi things, like doing bombs off bridges into the river and eating fish and chips. Chur bro.

6th February 2019

Rocking their way through the weekend in beautiful Wanaka, the AGP crew are getting into their first climbing module! @ Wanaka, New Zealand

4th February 2019

Navigation 101, which way is north, team?

31st January 2019

Lads on tour...

29th January 2019

If there was an emergency near you, would you actually be able to help? We get feedback from participants every program that they felt our Pre-hospital Emergency Care qualification (PHEC) was a super constructive and valuable part of their time with us - not only for those looking to feel prepared for outdoor careers, but for gaining confidence in First Aid to a strong level for everyday life. Ken, our current ambassador, takes us through the group's experience of PHEC here...

28th January 2019

Essential hiking training begins, exploring our local back yard. What does your classroom look like?

28th January 2019

The staff and program alumni talk us through their reasons for making Pure Ex part of their journey.

25th January 2019

What are you up to this June? Come join the crew in New Zealand and experience the golden sand beaches and rugged mountains of the Nelson region! Find out more here..

24th January 2019

Touchdown in New Zealand for the January intake of the Adventure Guide Program and so far, so amazing!

18th January 2019

Adventure Guide Program team bonding underway. So cool seeing people at the start of a 12 week journey, knowing so much awesomeness awaits them!

18th January 2019

We are very excited and proud to be annouced as one of the top 3 overall gap year providers for the 2018 @gooverseas Community Choice Awards! We work in an industry of amazing organisations that all work hard to provide young people with life changing experiences, so to be given a nod as one of the most exciting is really amazing for us. Thanks to you all! 🙏

18th January 2019

Dang, what an exceptionally attractive bunch of humans. Huge welcome to the new crew who have touched down in Queenstown for the summer edition of the Adventure Guide Program. Bring on the good times team!

13th January 2019

What are the 10 Best Gap Year destinations for 2019? Go Overseas give the low down on the new hotspots that need to be on your bucket list!

12th January 2019

The pics don't lie, grins for days on the Pure Ex AGP!

10th January 2019

Want to know where in the world you could travel with Pure Exploration? Click here to see!

7th January 2019

Yeaaaaah team 💪

6th January 2019

Whilst in Patagonia on our Adventure Guide Program, as well as hiking, climbing and sea kayaking, you'll also get the chance to experience rural Patagonian life, with a farm-stay at a working cattle ranch. South American Gauchos (the equivalent to US cowboys) are expert stock herders that move their cattle on horseback, and are animal experts and local legends. You’ll love this authentic mountain experience with locals! Find out more here

31st December 2018

Happy New Year!! What are you going to do this year that really excites you? It's time to push the boat out people!

28th December 2018

One of the highlights of the Adventure Guide Program is the week based 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 here...

24th December 2018

In New Zealand, Christmas and New Year's is all about Summer BBQ's, long afternoons by the lake or sea drinking cold beers and eating fresh seafood. It's roots reggae music, campfires, good friends and loads of laughs. Whatever Christmas looks like in your family, we hope its a good one ✨