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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11th June 2019

And they're off!! Over the next 12 weeks the students on our Expedition Leader program will be sharing their incredible journey with us..Check out blog #1 written by Chloe from Canada - filling us in on arriving into Ecuador and how things went for orientation week 🔥

8th June 2019

Day one of the Expedition Leader program 💥 Instructors Keri & Jess are taking the team through orientation to set everyone up mentally for the next three months of travel and experiential education. The crew range from 18-34yo, hailing from Aus, Canada, the US and Hungary 🙌 📷: Jessica Thomas

5th June 2019

Pure Exploration Instructors Keri & Jess have arrived in Quito, Ecuador - ready to welcome the crew to the start of the Expedition Leader Program in a couple of days..The new students will be learning about adventure travel management, group leadership, logistics, expedition style travel in developing regions, along with trekking in some of the world’s most famous and spectacular mountainous and remote regions. Have the best time guys, we can't wait for updates! 🔥 #expeditionleaderprogram #ELP #Pureexploration

18th April 2019

This exceptional bunch of humans have finished up their time with us on the Adventure Guide Program in NZ. Its been so fun having them join us, alongside their awesome instructor Rosey. Keep in touch guys! 😘

8th April 2019

This is Torres del Paine. No explanation required really. So rad. Is Patagonia on your bucket list yet? Go on...

6th April 2019

Our adventure programs take you to some amazing places around the world. The pic is the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Southern China. If you're a hiker, you need to get here. Learn more about where we travel here

4th April 2019

These guys are busy with their NZOIA assessments this week, the final step in our program to putting all the pieces together as far as skills and experiences go. Go team!

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

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!

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.

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!