Private mountaineering instruction with an ascent of Mt Aspiring

Craig doing some "prussiking" as part of the crevasse rescue training

Craig doing some "prussiking' and part of crevasse rescue training

ice climbing

Learning to use the front points of crampons - ice climbing technique

Mt Aspiring summit

Craig on top of Mt Aspiring - the view goes all the way to Mt Cook

Craig is a man on a mission – soon to turn middle aged, he is keen to celebrate  this milestone in his life with an attempt on NZ’s highest peak – Mt Cook.

So a training course and a fitness check was put together by Alpinism and Ski in the form of a mountaineering course based at Colin Todd hut  with  Mt Aspiring  at the doorstep.  Rope work, crampon technique, snow and ice anchors, crevasse rescue, rock climbing and mountain weather were some of the many topics covered on the course.  A climb mid course of the full NW ridge route on Mt Aspiring being a bonus to a fantastic and challenging week for Craig.

Now it’s back to Auckland to juggle family and work commitments before looking to the future – a Mt Cook attempt Nov/Dec 2010.