CMC Instruction Registration Form
Please fill out this form to register in one or more CMC instruction courses.

Filling out this form does not guarantee acceptance, you will be contacted by email to confirm your place.

See below to select your course and preferred date. Please note that courses are not guaranteed to proceed until there are sufficient numbers. You will be contacted to be confirmed into your chosen course before you make payment.
Email address *
Full name *
Date of Birth *
Gender *
Address *
Mobile number *
CMC member? *
Age (we normally take over-18s only) *
Briefly outline your climbing experience (if any) or other relevant outdoors experience *
What is your fitness level? *
Briefly outline what you would like to gain from undertaking this course? *
Outline any medical or other health or physical conditions, and any medications etc (this information will be provided to your instructor to support your safety on the course) *
What type of boots do you own? *
Any other comments?
Course interests
Please let us know which course(s) you would like to register for, and which month(s) would suit you best. Note that courses will not go ahead if there is insufficient demand.
Which course are you registering for? *
Emergency Contact Details
Full Name *
Address *
Contact Number *
Relationship to you *
I will advise my emergency contact that I will be attending this course. *
Payment Information
Payment is required to secure your place on any course. Please pay by direct credit to the CMC account 03 1592 0103242 00, putting your name and the word “course” in the payment details. Please email the course co-ordinator ( to confirm when payment has been made so he can inform the Treasurer (who keeps track of payments). Please note CMC does not own any gear so you will need to arrange the gear for your course yourself.
Course details can be found at the following link, as well as notes for all courses (also included on the following page):
Notes for all courses
All courses are run by professional instructors, and we have an instructor to student ratio of 1:4 (except for avalanche awareness which is 1:6).
Course participation will be on a ‘first in’ basis. Courses are subsidised through the generosity of the Fenwick Fund, established by Christopher Fenwick in 1985.
Confirmation of course attendance may be based on the individuals’ skills, abilities and experience. The instructors may choose not to accept a student on a course that requires higher level skills than the student possesses. The course schedule has been arranged to allow participants to progressively build experience throughout the year by attending courses, then allowing time in between to practice what has been learnt on club trips.
Payment is required to confirm your place on the course. There is, unfortunately, no refund available for non-attendance once booked and confirmed (unless, of course, someone else is available to take your place). For snowcraft and intermediate instruction courses, full payment is required six weeks in advance of the course, unless otherwise arranged with the course co-ordinator.
Courses are normally based at one of the Club's base huts (Wyn Irwin at Mt Cook or Kennedy Lodge at Arthurs Pass), although some courses may be based at alpine huts or make use of tents or snow shelters. Generally, the intermediate course will involve spending Saturday night in an alpine shelter if the weather and conditions permit.
Participants are expected to have their own climbing gear irrespective of the technical level of the course that they are attending. Some equipment can be hired from outdoor shops (e.g. Bivouac) if necessary.
A general gear list is available, but your instructor may provide you with further advice on the gear you should bring. Details of typical trip gear lists can also be found in the Mountain Safety Mountaincraft Manual, or in the Adventure Consultants mountaineering handbook by Guy Cotter (These are available at outdoors stores such as Bivouac).
It is recommended that participants acquire a copy of one or these publications and be familiar with the contents. The details taught on the course may not necessarily follow these manuals in their entirety as techniques are always improving. The instructor has the final say over technique and the gear required for each course. They reserve the right to refuse attendance to those who turn up unprepared. They are also happy to answer any questions in advance of the course.
Thank you on behalf of the CMC Committee for your interest in attending a CMC instruction course.
If you have any questions, contact the Instruction Coordinator, Alastair McDowell,
I understand the alpine environment involves inherent risks. I understand the instructors will take the utmost caution to manage all risks and ensure student safety but there still remains a residual element of risk in a mountaineering environment that may be beyond their control. I understand I am responsible for my own safety and will take great care to prepare appropriate for the course, conduct myself in a safe way on the mountain, and listen to and comply with instructions at all times.
I understand I must arrange my own transport and gear for the course (CMC does not own any gear) *
I understand I need to acquire an avalanche transceiver, shovel and prob for the course and that it is best to book these from hire shops as early as possible before the course starts *
I have read and agree to the waiver *
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