Guiding

Mountain Guiding
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Mt Taranaki

Adventure Dynamicsprovides a professional guiding and instructional service for outdoor adventures on and around the stunning 2518m (8261ft) Mount Taranaki. Also known as Mount Egmont.

This picturesque volcano rises from the sea and offers dramatic opportunities for the novice or experienced mountaineer, the skier, hiker, climber and photographer, both summer and winter. Adventure Dynamicscan take you there and ensure your adventure is fulfilling and safe.
Adventure Dynamicswill focus on the individual’s needs and design a day or a
programme to suit.

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Mount Taranaki/Egmont – Summer
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Get off the beaten track and experience the wild flowers and magical rock formations.
There is a huge range of routes up the mountain suitable for the first timer to those who return for more.
Enjoy the fantastic sights from the top with views of Ruapehu and even the Kaikoura Range in the South Island.
The expedition will take the average person about 5 - 6 hours to summit and another 3 - 4 to descend the 1600m climb. However, we often punctuate the trip with a stop at the Taranaki Alpine Club Lodge for a top-up of water/coffee and chocolate biscuits.

Most people without alpine experience can achieve the easiest route, while for those with desire to go harder, the mountain has plenty of steep, technical, rocky routes.

Reaching the summit is always dependent on the weather, the mountain condition and you.

The guide to client ratio in summer is normally no more than 1:6


Adventure Dynamics Minimum Equipment List

Mountain - Summer
Weather on Taranaki is very changeable and 4 seasons can be experienced on one day. Below is a minimal list of equipment which will enhance your experience with Adventure Dynamics. Not everything may be required on the day, but this can be discussed at the beginning of the adventure. Checked (b)
Warm clothes - (for cold weather): consider thermal underwear and fleece - temperature is usually much colder at 2500m or can change from hot to cold in a few minutes
Cool clothes - (for hot weather): T-shirt may be worn but gets cold if sweating. A shirt with collar and long sleeves protects neck and arms from the sun
Waterproofjacket with hood - weather changes very fast. You may need wind or rain protection *
Warm hat - wool/fleece beanie or balaclava *
Gloves - also needed to protect hands when descending loose scree *
Sun hat - protect the nose and neck
Sun screen - UV at the top of the mountain is about 50% more than at sea level, even on a cloudy day
Sun glasses *
Light boots or hiking shoes - terrain very uneven and loose. There could be some snow at this time of year. *
Long trousers and possibly shorts - shorts are good but you might want long protection from the sun, or extra warmth
Walking pole - telescopic poles, 2 better than 1. Helps the balance and the knees (optional but strongly recommended) *
Drink - here isno water for at least 5 hours of walking. Carry 1.5 litres minimum (that's 2 normal water bottles))
Food - lots of light snacks better than a big lunch
Small pack to carry extras - 20 to 30 litre size *

* Items can be hired for a small fee

Mountain - Winter
Weather on Taranaki is very changeable and 4 seasons can be experienced on one day. Below is a minimal list of equipment, which will enhance your experience with Adventure Dynamics. Not everything may be required on the day, but this can be discussed at the beginning of the adventure. Checked (b)
Warm top - fleece or wool. Freezing level can be as low as 1500m: meaning -100 on top *
Cool clothes - A cotton shirt with collar and long sleeves protects neck and arms from the sun on a hot day. It could be a scorcher
Lower layers - full sun protection is good. Thermal long-johns with shorts over the top to give extra protection around the sensitive places, quick drying long trousers. No cotton! *
Waterproof jacket with hood - weather changes very fast. You may need wind or rain protection, or extra warmth *
Waterproof trousers - waterproof but breathable fabric is best
Warm hat - wool/fleece beanie or balaclava
Gloves/mittens - for the cold but also to protect hands from sharp snow and ice *
Sun hat - protect the nose and neck
Sun screen - UV at the top of the mountain is about 50% more than at sea level, even on a cloudy day *
Sun glasses - good quality dark lenses. Townie glasses are sometimes not enough. *
Boots - the stiffer the sole the better for snow walking. Water-proof and crampon compatible
Comfortable socks
Snow gaiters - or something else to keep the snow out of the boots *
Ice axe provided
Crampons provided
Helmet provided
Harness provided
Drink - there isno water for at least 6 hours of walking. Carry 1.5 litres minimum (that's 2 normal water bottles) *
Food - lots of light snacks probably better than a big lunch *
Medium sized pack to carry everything - 30 - 50 litre size *

* Adventure Dynamics can supply items marked with an asterisk if pre-arranged

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Mount Taranaki/Egmont - Winter
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The effect of winter on Mount Taranaki is stunning. At over 2500 metres above sea level but right on the west coast, the mountain receives the full blast of the moist airflow off the Tasman sea.

The result is an extravagant covering of ice and snow, and scenery that will take your breath away.

Our world class guided trips take you safely through this landscape to the summit or however far the mountain will let us go. No experience is required because you will receive enough instruction and you will be firmly attached to the guide with a rope. You will need the right gear and at least a moderate level of fitness. Ropes, crampons, helmet and ice axe are standard necessities and can be provided.

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For the extreme adventurer, there is plenty of steep snow and ice that will put you to
the test.


The round trip may take from 8 to 10 hours with a welcome break at the Taranaki Alpine Club Lodge part of the way up.

The mountain has great mana which must be respected. Sometimes its wise to stay low and
not go to the top. This depends on the weather, the mountain conditions and you.

Numbers in the winter are normally restricted to no more than two clients per guide.

 

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Other guided adventures on Mt Taranaki

Alpine experience:stay low and check out the herb-fields with alpine flowers, interesting lava formations, take photos. Or in the winter, try out walking with crampons and experience the magic of winter.

Rock scrambling:stay low and enjoy the exposure of scrambling along the top of Humphries Castle while being safely tied to a rope. Abseil off the end.

Rock climbing:try your hand a climbing real rock. Taranaki has some of the best rock around. For those already into climbing, come and try a different area.

Ice climbing:sometimes we don’t need to go far to try this one out. For the more
experienced, we head higher and the choice is unlimited.

Ski guiding:for experience skiers only. Occasionally through the winter, but mostly in spring, the snow is perfect for skiing or boarding. This is your chance to experience the real alpine slopes under the supervision of a guide who knows the mountain and the conditions. No queues, no crowds, no little kids skiing through your legs.

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Mt Ruapehu
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Don lived at the base of Mt Ruapehu (2797m, 9175 feet) for 6 years. It’s the highest mountain in the North Island. He knows the mountain well for it’s non technical and it’s technical climbing. It is also his preferred place for wilderness skiing, often staying in the NZAC Whangaehu hut overnight.
Adventure Dynamicshas a full concession for guiding there.