Mountaineering is an inherently risky recreational pursuit, and it is often this balance between risk and reward that attracts and motivates climbers, or if not, climbers are at least aware of this fine balance. It is impossible to remove all the risks from mountaineering. We encourage those with the relevant skills, experience and knowledge to undertake outdoor recreation activities, including mountaineering, and in no way suggests people should not get involved in the pursuit. Unfortunately, on occasion things do go wrong, and despite best intentions and actions serious accidents do occur.
Employ strategies for identifying and managing fatigue. Ensure this is considered as part of any pre-trip planning and pay this element the due respect it deserves during your trip. Allow time for adequate breaks to rest and take on food/water. Most importantly ensure the culture surrounding your trip allows for topics such as fatigue management to be part of your conversations and communication.
Discuss, agree on and employ suitable travel options/modes in terrain where falling is possible, and could result in serious consequences. Pay particular attention to moderate terrain where typically mountaineers would travel un-roped.
You can find more about alpine and avalanche safety skills in our Skills Section.
Use avalanche.net.nz to check the backcountry avalanche advisory and share your own observations with others.
Jump onto our free online avalanche course that introduces you to the basics of avalanche types, factors and how to reduce the risk in avalanche terrain.
This video series is designed to be a short beginners guide about avalanche risk, and some basic techniques. Watch the full series here.
Get the skills to keep yourself safe in alpine terrain. There are plenty of backcountry, avalanche awareness and alpine courses available in New Zealand. You can find the list of external providers in the training section of our website.
MetService New Zealand - Get the mountain forecast
Attend a Backcountry Avalanche Course - Visit our courses page