Mixed Climbing Course
- Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
- Location: Aoraki Mount Cook Village, South canterbury
- Product code: MCC
Alpine Guides' Mixed Climbing Course is a 5-day advanced 'winter' mountaineering course with a focus on steeper, technical terrain. Our venue of choice is the awesome Grand Plateau, based from Plateau Hut on the flanks of Mount Cook itself.
Climbing in winter conditions is challenging, with cool conditions and the winter snowpack potentially complicating approaches. You will gain “hands-on” technical climbing experience in steep terrain, consolidating the core skills you already have.
To reach objectives you may need to cross a glacier, cope with deep powder at the foot of a route, transition into an ice-filled gully, then traverse out on to an uncertain rock rib...
Instruction topics focus on route choices, tool placement, anchor building/placement and problem-solving – with the aim of turning you into a competent and well-rounded alpinist!
Who is this Course for?
The Mixed Climbing Course (MCC) is for people who have attended a summer mountaineering instruction course, similar to our Alpine Skills Course, or for those with good rock climbing and/or water-ice skills, but lesser alpine experience.
The MCC focuses on technical, committing routes, so it offers perfect preparation for future, more serious objectives with a guide, such as our Technical Mountaineering Course, or as training for attempting a major peak such as Mount Aspiring (by the SW ridge) or Aoraki Mount Cook.