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Alpine Trekking Guide


Able to lead groups up to and through sub alpine walking terrain (maximum grade 1 Logan) where permanent snow may be encountered and where risk minimisation may require the use of the rope.
Guide in all other non-glaciated terrain where the skills of alpinism are required, but where a rope would not normally expect to be used.

Alpine Trekking Guides may also directly assist Climbing and IFMGA Mountain Guides on névé walks.



Normal Terrain
These guides are able to lead groups up to and through sub-alpine walking terrain (maximum grade 1) where permanent or seasonal snow may be encountered.
Some examples of terrain where in certain conditions the Alpine Trekking Guide’s skills and training would be suitable:
• Three Pass trip (Arthurs Pass);
• Mueller Hut (Aoraki Mount Cook National Park);
• Cascade Saddle;
• Rabbit Pass;
• Brewster Hut (Mount Aspiring National Park)

During summer when it is dry, the terrain on these trips is often "tramping guide" terrain. If a rope is involved and/or snow that requires the skills of alpinism then this would be a trip for an ATG. (Walking over a chunk of old avalanche snow in the bottom of a valley or a skiff of new snow over tramping terrain where there is minimal risk of sliding and hurting themselves is " tramping guide" terrain.)

Crater Rim Mt Ruapehu (Mt Ruapehu National Park); Mount Taranaki / Egmont - this terrain would require endorsement from the NZMGA Technical Sub Committee

• All other non-glaciated terrain where the skills of alpinism are required.

Avalanche Terrain
When entering avalanche terrain the ATG can operate when the MSC Avalanche forecast is LOW, otherwise with an NZMGA/IFMGA Level 2 supervisor.

Glaciated Terrain
Only minor glaciers such as found on the endorsed routes below are within this scope.

“Roped” Terrain

Terrain in which the guide would normally expect to use a rope requires endorsement by the NZMGA Technical Sub Committee. Examples are routes where a client will usually need belaying on a section or routes that involve minor glaciers.
Current examples of such endorsed terrain are:
• Guide Chancellor Dome from Chancellor Hut.
• The standard route on Mt Moltke from Castle Rocks Hut and return via the same route.
• Under the indirect supervision of an NZMGA Climb Guide or IFMGA Mountain Guide:

Ball Pass - the standard route
Pioneer Hut to Chancellor Hut - including Pioneer Pass
Centennial Hut to Aylmer Hut
Brewster Hut to Brewster Glacier
Annette Plateau to Sladden Saddle
Kelman Hut to the White Ice

Alpine Trekking Guides may also directly assist Climbing and IFMGA Mountain Guides on n�v� walks