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Enjoying the views from the summit of Hochstetter Dome
Low guide-client ratio
Courses are flexible and tailored to your needs
Enjoying the views from the summit of Hochstetter Dome
Glacier travel
Learn skills to keep you safe in the mountains
Ice climbing, Mount Cook
Learn & refine technical skills
Ice climbing practice on the Tasman Glacier
Traversing the summit ridge of Hochstetter Dome
Equipment provided
Try before you buy - gear hire is included in the price
Crevasse rescue practice on the Tasman Glacier
Expert tuition from professional guides
Learning crevasse rescue on the Tasman Glacier
Kelman Hut, Tasman Glacier
Extreme environment
Kelman Hut after a storm

Specialized Alpine Climbing Course

Private instruction for experienced mountaineers

[Formerly called our Advanced Climbing Course (ADC)]

Take your climbing further and learn advanced mountaineering skills under expert tuition from NZMGA/IFMGA mountain guides!

This course is ideal for experienced mountaineers or previous mountaineering course participants. It combines instruction with one or more ascents with the emphasis on putting skills into practice by climbing peaks. The low guide-client ratio allows the guide to customize the course to your needs and bring you up-to-speed with modern climbing techniques.

"Why Alpine Recreation? Value for money, instructor to student ratio, company reputation, ability to tailor the course to meet students requirements. A fantastic course, hard to fault."
- J. Colbert, New Zealand. More client comments.



The Specialized Alpine Climbing Course is a challenging mountaineering course based in the high mountains. It covers many advanced mountaineering topics ranging from steep ice climbing and simul-climbing techniques, through to improvised rescue techniques and whiteout navigation.

The course combines instruction with guided mountaineering so you can really put your new skills into practice. Choose from a 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3 guide-client ratio to maximise your learning. The low ratio allows the course to be tailored specifically to your skill level.



All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Outdoor clothing, packs and boots can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary. Please see the equipment list for further details.

SAC Clothing & Equipment list.