Entry onto the Alpine Trekking Guide Level 1 Course, requires:

 

  • A minimum of 30 logged days over 3 years in summer and winter of alpine/transalpine experience:
    • To include a minimum of 3 separate geographical mountain regions;
    • To demonstrate depth of experience, i.e. valley to summit, multiple pass crossings, river crossing and off track experience;
    • Experience outside of New Zealand will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

  • Mountaineering routes to include:
    • At least two ascents of Aoraki Mount Cook seriousness grade III  routes or above;
    • At least 4 routes or ascents of Aoraki Mount Cook seriousness grade II routes or above;
    • At least ten routes or ascents of Aoraki Mount Cook seriousness  grade I .

 

 

Persons with extensive industry experience are encouraged to submit applications requesting recognition of their prior experience to gain exemption from the Snow and Ice Guide Course and/or the Assistant Alpine Trekking Guide course. Full details of previous courses taken and industry experience should be sent to support the Application; and the exemption(s) applied for clearly stated.