The helicopter climbs steadily towards the snowy peaks from the valley below to settle on a plateau high on the side of a mountain. As the helicopter departs, leaving you there, you will gasp in awe at the incredible alpine scenery and the mountain you will be climbing today!
You will meet your guide at 8am in Wanaka for a briefing of the days events and an equipment issue. Your guide will drive you to the base of the mountain and the start of the days adventure.
The helicopter will arrive and after a safety briefing you will board the aircraft for the very scenic flight into the mountains. After the helicopter departs you will climb the gradually steepening slopes towards the snow line. Once at the snow the group will stop for a lesson from the guide on how to walk safely on the snow and the other relevant techniques for getting around in the mountains.
The guide will then lead you on towards the peak of the mountain and you will be able to stop periodically for photos and rests as necessary.
The focus of the day will be towards your enjoyment and for you to learn about the skills required for the climb you are embarking on. The guide will chose an appropriate route for the aspirations of the climbing party and you will be secured with ropes and harnesses as necessary. The climb will be comfortably challenging, but set at a level to maximise your enjoyment and learning of climbing techniques.
The exact nature of the climb will depend on when during the season you are undertaking the climb, as in late summer there will be less snow and more rock for the ascent.
The summit is always a place to celebrate and reflect on the efforts of the day and a place to appreciate the grandeur of the surrounding mountainous terrain.
The descent generally takes less time than the climb up and we have time to enjoy the alpine setting before the helicopter comes back in to take us back to the valley below.
This climbing day is intended to be suitable for beginner climbers who would like a taste of what mountain climbing is about and for those who love to be in the outdoors. More difficult objectives can be arranged for appropriately skilled and experienced climbers on request.
This experience voucher is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
Wanaka, 6 hours drive south of Christchurch and one hour north of Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand.
1 day, starting at 8am finishing at 5pm. Summer (Oct- May) 2005. Minimum group size (three people) applies. The duration of your flight will be approximately 15 minutes each way.
A good fitness level and some previous hiking or tramping experience is preferable to participate in this activity although the main asset one can have is a sense of adventure!
The group will have a minimum size of one guide and three climbers and a maximum size of two guides and eight climbers.
The weather in the mountains can change very quickly so you need to be prepared. We utilise detailed Mountain Weather Forecasts when planning our trips. This trip requires a good forecast to proceed, in particular the helicopter flight demands fine weather so it is unlikely to be too nasty.
The guides are qualified and experienced mountain guides. Included in your experience is: your guide, group equipment – radio, rope and other climbing equipment, harness, helmet, ice axe, crampons, lunch & drink, land transport ex Wanaka and the helicopter flight.
The map below gives you the location of this experience to allow you to plan.
Exact location, directions and meeting place will be available to you once you have booked your experience