Avalanche Awareness Quiz - 2019

    Winter is just around the corner here in New Zealand. Are you ready to head into the backcountry? Check yourself against these questions from Chief Guide Tim Steward to see how "avalanche aware" you are. 

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide


    Alpine Climbing in New Zealand

    Alpine climbing in New Zealand is likely completely different to other mountain areas that you may have visited. In this post, Chief Guide Tim Steward discusses the differences, and the importance of flexibility in the face of New Zealand's wild weather. 

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide


    Progression to Mt Cook

    The most common inquiry that we get at Aspiring Guides is for a guided ascent of Aoraki / Mount Cook - the highest peak in New Zealand and an impressive sight from whatever direction it is viewed.  We can appreciate the appeal!

    Tim Steward, Chief Guide



    With so many trails in New Zealand to choose from, and so much variation among them, it can be hard to know what to expect when you're planning a trip through our amazing backcountry.


    Splitboarding 101

    The first of our free info nights this winter was a success! Here's the recap on our Splitboarding 101 session with guide Tom Willmott.


    Avalanche Awareness Quiz

    AVALANCHE AWARENESS - HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW??? Winter is here and if you have plans to head into the backcountry its time to test yourself on Tim’s quiz

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide



    If you are coming climbing in NZ this winter and looking for some gear advice here's a titbit from our technical manual that may help !

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide


    Training Advice for Mt Aspiring

    Want to climb Mt Aspiring but not too sure where to start ?  Tim Steward offers some advice on a common question we get asked....

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide


    Training to succeed with Base Camp Training

    Chase Tucker from Base Camp Training in Brisbane gives us a brief rundown on on how to set your mind and body up for success in the mountains.

    Chase Tucker



    Aspiring Guides clients Gary and Graham recount their tremendous achievement of climbing Mt Aspiring.... What started as a goal became their reality through hard work, a strict training regime and being sufferers for punishment. 



    As with most mountaineering equipment, there is not one magical item that works for every eventuality. When investing in boots, you need to decide when, and for what, you are going to be using them the most.

    Tim Steward, Chief Guide, IFMGA



    As winter approaches we often get asked advice on what gear investments to make for ski touring. Getting started is a big investment so you want to get it right. There has been a lot written about touring gear so I'm going to keep it simple and as brief as...

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide


    Wild Walks Progression

    A common query is how our Wild Walks compare in terms of difficulty. It is not completely clear cut but this chart gives an indication on how they compare.  

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide


    Ski Progression Advice

    In winter trips there is a large diversity of backcounty venues easily accessible from Wanaka. Most importantly there are options regardless of your ski/board ability and your backcountry experience. This progression is just a guide as every venue has options for all...

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide


    Mountaineering Skills Course

    Recently I was invited by Aspiring Guides to shoot and participate in a seven-day mountaineering course in New Zealand. Based in Wanaka, Aspiring Guides is a local outfit that offers mountain guiding and quality training in the peaks of the New Zealand Alps. When...

    Jake Anderson


    Jess's Top 3

    Jess’s Top 3 Alpine Rock Climbs in the Southern Lakes

    Jess Marriott


    Clothing Layering Strategies

    The benefits with layering clothing in the outdoors is well known. The traditional approach of the 3 layers (base, mid and outer) assume that conditions and level of activity will remain relatively constant during the course of the day. With alpine climbing,  ...

    Tim Steward - Chief Guide IFMGA


    Ski Touring in Robrosa

    Check out this video of a recent trip into the Pisa Range with guide Dave Lundin.'No lifts, no road, no wi-fi, no heating, no toilet, no shower — Robrosa Hut sits at 1700m in the Pisa Ranges, New Zealand. Just four bunks, a gas...


    Tim's Top Three in the Darrans

    It’s been a tough call but here are my 3 favourite routes in the Darrans… 1. Mitre Peak 2. West face of Moir’s Mate 3.  MacPherson-Talbot traverse

    Tim Steward, Chief Guide


    Hiking in Avalanche Terrain

    Hiking in the winter months is becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand.  No crowds (no one at all usually!) and stunning snow covered peaks can make for fantastic hiking.  Hit the weather right and you can have a wilderness experience like no other...

    Whit Thurlow, Chief Guide


    Are traditional maps and GPS obsolete?

    Your phone works as a GPS? There are lots of GPS apps that work on your smart phone and if you spend heaps of time in the back country you are a mug not to get onboard the phone revolution.  For a small amount of money you can not only have a great GPS but...

    Whitney Thurlow
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