In New Zealand and worldwide, our mountaineering achievements combine with a comprehensive knowledge of the history of guiding and instruction. These are the fundamental ingredients in providing a safe and enlightening connection between our guests and the mountain environment.
While our activities are centred from our base in the Mount Aspiring region, our permits and experience extend throughout the Southern Alps including Fiordland, Westland and Mt Cook National Parks. This is a vast area, diverse in geography.
We have 'hand-picked' specialist guides from within the industry, in light of their qualifications, knowledge, experience level and communication skills. Our guiding team are qualified through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association. The NZMGA are affiliated to the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association who governs mountain guiding worldwide. Our high level of expertise, comprehensive logistics support and refreshing personalities are the basis of Aspiring Guides' internationally renowned reputation for providing a quality and personalised service.
Meet our team:
Jessica ("Jess") is not only the Aspiring Guides General Manager, she also gets out into the field to spend time with our clients. Jessica has NZOIA Senior Instructor Rock 2, Bush 1 & Alpine 1 qualifications. When she's not organising everything that goes on back at Base, or guiding on our Wild Walks treks, she escapes to climb some seriously high grade rock climbs. Quick with a giggle, Jess has a relaxed but caring manner that builds confidance with all her clients.
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Tim descibes himself as tall, bald and hansom with glasses. Tim was raised as a navy brat and when he stepped off the bus in Wanaka in 1998 and realized he was as far from the sea as he could get, he decided "this is the place". Tim's passion is traveling anywhere that requires a backpack-from Utah to Scotland and the Himalayas, his favorite spot is Mount Ararat. Tim is at home in the mountains and if anyone can ever manage to get him upset please let us know because we have never seen it. He does, however, react badly to flying in helicopters.
What can we say about Bruno ...? Whatever we want, evidently.
Otherwise know as the high altitude account.
Dave has returned home to Otago after 25 years of travelling the world and latterly living in North Canterbury. My background in sales and management is slightly different to our other team members but my passion for the outdoors and love of the mountains makes the transition to Aspiring Guides and the Adventure Tourism industry an easy fit. My interests include Skiing, Tramping and Running and after years of being confined to a desk I can't wait to experience some of our amazing products first hand. I look forward to continuing the amazing service offered by the previous owners and feel privileged to be part of such a professional team.
Jess has come all the way from the tropics of Darwin and she has a passion for rock climbing and mountaineering. She’s got a degree in Music and a diploma in Outdoor Leadership and Management. She loves to guide and instruct in the outdoors and holds NZOIA Rock 2, Alpine 1 & Bush 1 qualifications. When away from the office Jess is usually out climbing, biking or skiing.
Carla was brought up in the South Island and after spending years adventuring around the world has landed in Wanaka and started calling it home. She loves the outdoors and has instructed and lead trips in NZ, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Her time off is spent in the mountains, running and biking around the local tracks or dreaming up her next adventure!
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A REAL LIFE Wanaka local! Sarah hit the ground running after growing up in Wanaka, and hasn’t stopped since! Her love for the outdoors and energy to burn has taken her on many an epic mission, from climbing Mt Fuji in Japan, to iceclimbing in Canada and backcountry mountain biking in New Zealand.
Sarah has over 10 years of experience working in sport, and in the adventure tourism industry, and her passion for the outdoors and adventure has been known to be infectious!
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Your safety is our priority. We have 'hand-picked' specialist guides from within the industry, in light of their qualifications, knowledge, experience level and communication skills. Our guiding team are qualified through the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association. The NZMGA are affiliated to the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association who governs mountain guiding worldwide.
Our high level of expertise, comprehensive logistics support and refreshing personalities are the basis of Aspiring Guides' internationally renowned reputation for providing a quality and personalised service
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