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New Zealand Ski Mountaineering

Description:

New Zealand's Southern Alps are rugged, steep, beautiful, and adventurous. Add in the fact that they are littered with comfy huts, receive incredible amounts of snow, and are supported by helicopter access/egress and they make for an almost perfect venue for ski mountaineering. Oh, and yea, the whole southern hemisphere thing means that you'll be enjoying the amazing spring time ski mountaineering conditions when everyone else is driving around looking at the pretty Autumn leaves. On this trip we'll fly into Queenstown (the ski capital of NZ), then drive to the venue that offers us the best chance for skiing off of summits. Possible locations include Mt. Cook (Aoraki), Mt. Aspiring, Homer Hut in Fjordland, or the West Coast. Variable depending on weather and conditions.  Get a jump on your ski season while skiing off of some pretty wild 3000m peaks in November!

Price: $5450/person

Trip Length: 10 days 

Dates: November 1-10, Custom Dates May be Available  

Max Ratio 4:1, Minimum Ratio 1:1

Prerequisites:

  • Ski mountaineering experience 
  • Comfort skiing all terrain in all conditions

  • Fitness to ascend and descend 3500' per day carrying a lightweight pack
  • Comfort and familiarity with your equipment

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Climber readying his rappel extension. Picture by Brent Butler. Taken on the top of Sunshine Crack (5.11a III) near the summit of Snow Patch Spire 

Climber readying his rappel extension. Picture by Brent Butler. Taken on the top of Sunshine Crack (5.11a III) near the summit of Snow Patch Spire 

Whats Included:

 

Whats Not Included:

  • 5 or 7 days of climbing some of the best alpine rock on the continent 
  • IFMGA Licensed Guide with local experience and knowledge, guide's travel expenses. 
  • 4x4 Transportation into the bugaboos and transportation Calgary Airport - Calgary Airport
  • Hut Fees or Camping fees while in the mountains
  • Lodging and food while in the mountains/huts or hut fee portion of accommodation in town
  • Group gear, permits, insurance, logistical support, etc. 

*a note on whats included: This is the baseline of what our priced packages include. Due to the nature of alpine climbing and travel, unforeseeable expenses can come up and will be addressed on a case by case bases to settle upon something that is fair for both parties involved. For example, if we do not go into a mountain hut there is the difference in cost between hut fees and in town accommodations. There are also the options of add ons such as or helicopter access or egress into the Bugaboos

  • Travel to and from Calgary, AB
  • Food whilst in town
  • Accommodation expenses beyond that of a mountain hut if staying in town
  • Personal climbing and overnight equipment
  • Incidentals 
  • Travel insurance 

Brent Butler leading out. Photo by Nelson Dutch Pelson during a memorable trip to the Bugs in summer '13

Brent Butler leading out. Photo by Nelson Dutch Pelson during a memorable trip to the Bugs in summer '13

Alpine climb by day, sleep with a roof over your heads by night. And even better yet, cook with a real pan and a real stove. The Kain hut is an excellent home away from home while you test your skills and experience in this world class Alpine Rock Climbing destination. Photo: Nelson the wise Pelson

Alpine climb by day, sleep with a roof over your heads by night. And even better yet, cook with a real pan and a real stove. The Kain hut is an excellent home away from home while you test your skills and experience in this world class Alpine Rock Climbing destination. Photo: Nelson the wise Pelson

Example Itinerary:  

  1. Fly into Calgary afternoon/evening before the trip. Stay in Calgary (lodging not included). Pack food and gear for travel next day.
    • Many lodging options in Calgary are available ranging from affordable hostels and vacation rentals, to mid range chain hotels, to luxury mountain suites. We can help arrange these bookings if you'd like.
  2. Travel to trailhead/carpark. Polish off the packing and approach the Conrad Kain Hut via a pleasant 3 hour hike though beautiful alpine scenery 
  3. Climb the Ears Between (5.7) route on Crescent Tower as a nice introduction to the area as we plan for bigger days to come
  4. Go big and climb the NE ridge of Bugaboo Spire (5.8) and descend via the Kain Route
  5. Cragging or scrambling as an "active" rest day
  6. Go big once again and hit up one of the many great routes on Snowpatch Spire such as the Snowpatch route (5.8) or Sunshine Cracks (5.11a) 
  7. An alpine-esqe day cruising up the Vowell Glacier to reach the West Ridge of Pidgeon Spire (5.4) before we hike out and drive back to Invermere or Calgary. 

 

Bugaboos climbing is characterized by pristine granite cracks, and sometimes you must climb them with a full alpine pack. Photo by Brent Butler on the legendary Becky Chouinard during a beautiful dry spell in July '12. 

Bugaboos climbing is characterized by pristine granite cracks, and sometimes you must climb them with a full alpine pack. Photo by Brent Butler on the legendary Becky Chouinard during a beautiful dry spell in July '12. 


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719-588-1439