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Climber on a large mountain side.

Southern Alps Guiding Aoraki Mt Cook is located among some of the most spectacular alpine terrain in the world. We are based in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and offer personalised service. We cater for any adventure you wish to pursue.

Low Guide-to-Client ratios on courses and guided ascents ensure that your safety, enjoyment and expectations are fulfilled. Climbing and ski mountaineering with a guide is the safest and most informative way to extend your climbing and skiing abilities...whether you are contemplating a trans-alpine crossing, ascending the highest peaks, ski touring the glaciers or climbing technically demanding routes.



Private Alpine Instruction

Climber on a large mountain side.Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most qualified and instructors on our Private Instruction Course program.

Private Instruction Courses give you the option to create your own itinerary and content. Whether you aspire to further your skill base through a course in a specific discipline (such as ice climbing) or you require individual attention from your guide to develop skills at your own pace, the Private Instruction Courses are the best option.

Contact us to discuss your aspirations and schedule and we will work with you to design an appropriate and stimulating course format. These courses are best suited to groups of two or more.




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Contact us to enquire about our classic ski mountaineering trips on the glaciers at Aoraki Mount Cook.







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Mountaineering Gear

  1. Climbing boots
  2. Rock shoes (optional)
  3. Ice axe
  4. Ice hammer
  5. Crampons
  6. Helmet
  7. Harness
  8. Locking karabiner x 2
  9. Standard karabiner x 4
  10. Ice Screw x 2
  11. Assorted rock protection
  12. Belay device
  13. Prussik cord 1x2m & 2x3m
  14. Cordellete 5m
  15. Several slings
  16. Climbing rope
  17. Snow stake

Field Gear

  1. Pack / Rucksack (multi day)
  2. Personal first aid kit
  3. Maps
  4. Note book and pencil
  5. Headlamp (spare bulb)
  6. Spare batteries for headlamp
  7. Waterbottle/s
  8. Sunglasses
  9. Goggles
  10. Sun protection
  11. Compass


  1. Parka (Gortex or similar)
  2. Overpants (Gortex or similar)
  3. Long underwear (top & bottom)
  4. Fleece jacket
  5. Socks (min 2 pair)
  6. Fleece or wool hat
  7. Sun hat
  8. Gloves (storm)
  9. Finger gloves
  10. Neck gaiter (optional)
  11. Underwear
  12. Gaiters
  13. Down vest and/or jacket
  14. Scarf
  15. Balaclava
  16. A change of clothes for the hut


  1. Sleeping Bag
  2. Foam mat / Therma rest
  3. Bivouac bag
  4. Stove and fuel container
  5. Billy / pot
  6. Bowl, mug, knife, fork, spoon
  7. Lighter and matches
  8. Repair kit
  9. Pocket knife

"Staying Alive!": A Technical Mountaineering Training Film DVD

78 minutes of action, instruction and great mountain scenes.
A great tool to help you with your trip preparation. $30. See Here!