Aarons 50th will be well remembered. As a starter, an ascent of the very beautiful Mt Blanc du Cheilon, followed by a stay in a historic mountain hotel. Midweek two multipitch rock ascents, one in the Rhone valley and one high above the Glacier d Orny, and a finish with an ascent of the NW granite ridge of the Tete Blanche and the Petite fourche.
Climbing in Swiss style
This weekend Anand and Mountain Guide Gary journeyed to Grindlewald, took the Jungfrau railway up through the Eiger and Monch to stay Saturday night @ 3600m in the Monchjoch hutte. Sunday they were able to ascend the Jungfrau, one of Switzerlands classic 4000m peaks. A little icy in places requiring excellent crampon technique. Well done Anand!
Summit of the Jungfrau
Monch and Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Halfway up the classic Jungfrau
Last week, Gary , Steph and Josh had a great week refreshing skills learn’t in New Zealand and applying them to the glaciers , and rock ridges of Switzerland. 1st part of the mountaineering instruction week was in the Trient ice Plateau region based out of Cabane d Orny – a fantastic Swiss Hut with great service and great things to do from there.
Second part we headed to Cabane d Dix and climbed the Mt Blanc Du Cheilon which was in excellent condition. A spectacular view and awesome Swiss summit.
Multipitch rock climbing instruction above the Orny Glacier
High on the Summit of Mt Blanc du Cheilon
High on Mt Blanc du Cheilon. Matterhorn in the background.
All the way from Hokitika to Switzerland. Jono and Clara have been enjoying a big trip to see the sights of Switzerland and booked a trip with me to experience the big mountains of Switzerland.
A quite tricky week of weather was the challenge , however we managed ascents of the 4000m Weissmeis and the 4000m Allanlinhorn plus a day on inspirational rock near Leysin.
Descending the Allanlinhorn – private mountain guiding in Switzerland
Rock climbing that is inspirational, Switzerland
Switzerland summit – Allalinhorn 4000m , private mountain guiding
Looking for paradise for an alpine trekking adventure – great mountain vistas, big snowy peaks, interesting alpine trekking, comfy huts, big glaciers.
The Pontrasina / St Moritz region of Switzerland is a delight.
Piz Palu – big snowy majestic peak back drop for alpine trekking in Switzerlands St Moritz/Pontrasina region.
Comfy huts for Alpine trekking in Switzerland
Swiss alpine trekking transport
Arriving is Switzerland for the 2017 season it was nice and hot. So what better thing to do than to go rock climbing in the Italian part of Switzerland – Ticino.
Ponte Brolla is a great little spot with granite slabs, 30 degree temps and a great campground with alpine river to cool off in the afternoons.
Rock climbing in Switzerland
Climbing granite in Switzerland
Maggia Valley Italian Switzerland
April 2017 and Mountain Guide Gaz is just back from a trip to the West coast neve of the Fox Glacier.
Excellent weather and great mountaineering conditions and a couple of excellent ascents for a couple from Thailand.
Mt lendenfeld, one of 26 peaks over 3000m in the NZ Alps – ascended this week.
Pioneer Hut, @2400m above sea level. The climbing base for the week.
Late March, Mountain guide Gaz did a trip into the Aspiring region with a client from Alpine Guides. Glacier conditions where pretty reasonable – a result of the many storms during the summer putting down little bits of snow which has kept the glaciers in reasonable nick making for good mountain guiding conditions.
Mt Aspiring – Aspiring climbing region, NZ
Late Feb/early March Gaz and long time client, friend and business mentor headed for a few days to the head of the Tasman Glacier, and from Kelman hut, got Phils alpine climbing program re started. The summit of Mt Alymer was acheived and a visit to Tasman Saddle hut (which was being renovated by the DOC mt Cook crew) – many a night has previously been had by Phil, gaz and friends, particularly on ski touring adventures based at that hut
A steady trip down the upper neve to a helicopter pick up at malte brun heli pickup site was the finale to a great trip
Well done Phil for all the effort put in to enable this to happen.
Phil and mates previously on a ski tour in the Murchesion glacier area.
Early 2017, IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary Dickson spent two week with an elite group of people furthering their mountaineering decision making skills in the Southern Alps of NZ – known by this group as an ideal place to hone and test their mountaineering skills – skills and proficiency that they then can take to any mountain region/range in the world.
Gaz Dickson – professional mountain consultant to some of the world elite