BB New Zealand Alpine Course
A fantastic 4 day Alpine course, high up in the Mt Cook National Park's Sealy Range took place as planned on 17th – 20th January. The views for the 8 leaders and 1 senior boy in attendance were awesome with at least 5 of NZ's highest peaks visible to the group. Training on the rock and snow in the vicinity of Mueller Hut complimented the alpine experience that was new to the majority of our BB/ICONZ members.
The climb to the top of Mt Ollivier (1983m) proved to be a winner especially when returning to the hut via the western snow slopes by putting into practice the skills taught on the previous days. The Alpine training course developed in partnership with Mountain Safety Council's, Canterbury Branch had 3 excellent mountaineering instructors and, like the weather, all turned up trumps. They are looking forward to developing further training courses with MSC in the future.
It was a very well run exercise and gave everyone a basic knowledge of how to lead groups in snow and ice conditions, and how to use ice axes, crampons and ropes.