09/07/14: We've just finished setting up the Ailsa Stream Ice Camp ready for waterfall ice climbing courses and ski touring - check out the time lapse.
20/05/14: Matthew Flynn's article about his adventures in Antarctica features in the latest NZ Skier magazine. Matthew joined us last winter for some intensive 1:1 training in preparation for the expedition.
27/04/14: Rex Simpson Hut has been restocked for the coming season - it is ready and waiting for winter adventurers! It is the ideal venue for ski touring, snowshoeing, nordic skiing and instruction courses, with a cosy pot-belly stove to retire to at the end of the day :)
↑ Watch the Snow Shoeing video
Winter Ski Touring & Climbing
Alpine Recreation Canterbury Ltd was founded in 1981 by UIAGM-qualified Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, who pioneered the Symphony on Skis route, the Jubilee Fitzgerald-Copland Pass route, and achieved many notable climbing feats, including a winter ascent of Cerro Fitzroy, ascents of all New Zealand's 3000m peaks in one winter and ski traverses of the Patagonian Icecap and Alaska's Denali. One of Gottlieb's most rewarding guided ascents was with double-amputee Phil Doole on Aoraki Mount Cook. His safety research into short-roping and snow anchors continues to influence current climbing practices.
New Zealand's former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, now head of the United Nations Development Programme, continues to come back year after year to do trips with Alpine Recreation, especially ski touring.