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Climb higher and harder than ever before with our multi-pitch rock climbing course

Designed to help you develop higher levels of skills and technicalities in rock climbing, this course focuses thoroughly on preparation, communication skills and safety techniques. So you can go beyond single pitch, climb more rock, and advance to awe-inspiring new heights.

When one pitch just isn’t enough, multi-pitch climbing unlocks new climbing potential and endless terrain. For those who want to go further, multi-pitching is a true climbing journey that will extend your skills and climbing repertoire.


Flexible multi-pitch climbing options to suit you

The Social Nature Movement team offers you the choice and flexibility to choose your duration of multi-pitch climbing.

We have options for a days multi-pitch climbing, two days/overnight, four days and seven days of multi-pitch climbing.

Our multi-pitch climbing options are for anyone wanting to start multi-pitch climbing, get guided around, learn more about skills and knowledge or simply spend time in nature and multi-pitch climb as much as possible with a guide on your side.


When multi-pitch climbing you are climbing the longest climbs

Multi pitch climbing giving that feeling of being miles above the ground and incredible views to match.

But lets keep things simple too: each 'pitch' of climb you do is only as long as your rope, on average these rock climbs range from 30-50m, so the only question is whether you are up for a two-pitch 50m climb at Kawakawa Bay, or 8 pitches, 230m in Queenstown.

Our guided multi-pitch climbing experiences take you up through the pitches while our guides allow you climb multiple rope lengths up for the feeling of maximum learning. If you are quick to learn, we then take turns yo-yoing as you lead and they lead. At the top, your hard work is rewarded with incredible vistas below and a massive abseils down (or sometimes a walk down). With stunning scenery this Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing course is a must do experience for climbers who are competent seconding.


We have small guide to client ratios

Over the Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing course you will lead the pitches and make safe changeovers under the watchful eye of your guide.

This is advanced rock climbing multi-pitch and rescues for climbers with experience of leading climbs and wishing to progress to multi-pitch. The focus is on efficient techniques and systems to climb safely and quicker on longer and committing multi-pitch and alpine rock routes.

The focus of this course is to develop a climbers skill set to go further for longer on more committing climbs where even the weather is a component in which we teach and learn about (a single route can take a whole day!). By the end of the course, you should feel confident to climb almost anything in New Zealand and perform rescues in a variety of scenarios. This course is popular with people looking to further their knowledge of rock climbing rope skills.


A must-do for keen rock climbers looking to take things to the next level

This course teaches you Rescues, systems, anchors and many more tricks and techniques needed to climb confidently and safely.
Taking a practical approach, we’ll show you how to rig top ropes and we’ll take you through various systems, anchors and rescues, so you can take your friends rock climbing safely.


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Demonstrating Safe and Effective Personal Climbing and Belaying:

Leading Climbs

Seconding Climbs

Prior-Activity Equipment Check and Identification of Wear and Tear, including Equipment Logging

Proficient Rope Management Methods during Multi-Pitch Climbs or Abseils

Connecting Multi-Point Anchors (three or more)

Lowering a Climber using a Belay Device in Guide Mode

Executing a Rescue for a Lead Climber who has fallen below their belayer, employing the following skill set: Escaping the system while using a belay device on the harness, abseiling to an injured climber, prusiking back to the stance, lifting the climber through an assisted hoist and subsequently an unassisted hoist.

Exhibiting Effective Rope Management Techniques during a Multi-Pitch Climb or Abseil

Constructing Appropriate Belay and Abseil Systems for Multi-Pitch Climbing

Creating a belay system for raising one or two people, prepared for operation within 10 minutes

Establishing an abseil system for one or two people, ready for operation within 10 minutes

Safely lowering a climber using a belay device in guide mode, such as Reverso or ATC Guide

Rescuing a lead climber who has fallen beneath their belayer, employing the following skills: Escaping the system while utilizing a belay device on the harness, abseiling to an injured climber, ascending back to the stance using prusik knots, hoisting the climber through an assisted hoist and then an unassisted hoist

Abseiling with an injured or anxious climber

We select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!

Multi-pitch climbing can be scary and most people - even climbers - are scared of heights. With experience and intelligence, one both becomes desensitised to heights and better at managing their fear of heights.

Not really, the longer duration you have with us the higher chance of success we can get you confident and competent. Yes, multi-pitch climbing involves more technical skills, but everything is done in logical progressions at your pace. We start at whatever phase and journey you are at.

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This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:


  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Underwear,
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper x1
  • Woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Jandals
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Head torch,
  • Toiletries.
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

If we are staying overnight, should you choose not to be accommodated and fed by us, here is what you will need:


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Tent


  • Cooker
  • Fuel / gas
  • Lighter / matches
  • Pot / frying pan
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery

All of the above is available to rent / hire / buy



One staff


Activity specific items:

Climbing shoes


Staff carry:

First Aid Kit
Emergency shelter