Mountaineering School - Venture Forth International

The Venture Forth Mountaineering School is all about making better, safer mountaineers who are inspired to go out into the hills to explore and experience the mountains for themselves. Our training courses are learner-centred, friendly, non-competitive and great fun with the emphasis on each individual student’s personal development of skills and experience within their own abilities. We are very proud to be an accredited training and assessment centre for the SA Mountaineering Development & Training Trust (MDT) as well as the CATHSSETA, offering both MDT Awards and registered National Qualifications.

As one of the first commercial mountain guide services and mountaineering schools founded in South Africa we have the expertise and experience to help you with all your mountaineering training needs; from inspirational beginners courses to high level professional mountain guide qualifications.

We have a dedicated, motivated and friendly team of highly qualified instructors who would love to get into the mountains with you; regardless of your experience or capabilities. Our instructors are all dedicated mountaineers with many years of knowledge and experience to share. 

Venture Forth offers various recreational courses suitable for beginners and more advanced climbers wanting to develop their skills. These courses will give you a solid, safe foundation to build your future climbing experience on. Mountain sports can be enjoyed by everyone and the correct training ensures a safer and more rewarding experience for all.  We’re here to help.

Recreational Courses available from VFI:
Introduction to Sport Climbing course
Introduction to Traditional Climbing course
Traditional Climbing Leader course
Adventure Racing Rope Skills Competency course

Professional Qualifications Courses available from VFI:
Basic Mountain Walking Guide course
Advanced Mountain Walking Guide course
Top Rope Supervisor course
Abseil Guide level 1 & level 2
Single Pitch Rock Climbing Guide course