The MEC is Alpine Guides' beginner-level mountaineering course; an introduction to mountain climbing - based in Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand. You will learn the basics of mountain and snow craft, and how to camp/bivouac in an alpine environment.
No prior knowledge of rope systems is required. You need a good level of fitness, and a background in hiking/tramping. If your imagination has been captured by high mountain places, the MEC is the perfect starting point.