It’s storming outside, and snowing in the backcountry. Another log goes on the fire in our base here in Wanaka, NZ. Yes we are about to head over to Switzerland for 3 Months( for the Swiss summer), and then return for what looks like a great ski touring season shaping up.
Ski touring in September and October might be something you are thinking about. At that time of the winter, there will be maximum snow, more stable snow pack and warmer temperatures up high at 2400m where we stay in the NZ mountain huts and go touring. The most fantastic time to go touring in the big mountains and glaciers in the backcountry.
It’s not too early to think about and get in touch.
Glaciated Beauty and fun times
Ski touring on Fox glacier
Ski touring accommodation in NZ
July and August , there is still a bit of space available to book IFMGA mountain guide Gary Dickson for some mountain guiding or a climbing instruction course in the Swiss alps.
Warm summer alpine rock, Swiss glaciers, snowy ridges, Swiss cheese, cow bells. Come and enjoy Switzerland with us.
Mountain climbing in Switzerland
Classic alpine Swiss mountain ridges
Happy Swiss times
Mid June , the Alpinism and Ski Team will be heading to Switzerland again for the Summer European Alpine season. Come join us for fantastic climbing and mountaineering adventures in one of the worlds finest and very accessable alpine playgrounds.
Fine Swiss rock
Alpine peak splendor
End of March/start of April had Mountain Guide Gary Dickson and Kasia and Tim from Australia head into the mountains for a 6 day Alpine climbing instruction course .Based out of Plateau hut , covering, knots, hitches, roping up for glacier travel, belays, cramponing and ice climbing, anchors, mountain weather, avalanche, etc…….
learning to belay on the 6 day alpine climbing course
ice climbing – Mt Cook in the background
February saw IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary and Tomasz and Lida from Shanghai head into Tasman Saddle for a 7 day alpine climbing instruction course
Fresh snow during the alpine climbing instruction course.
View of Mt Cook from Tasman saddle hut
Freshly coated Tasman Saddle hut
Just purchased our tickets for yet another season in Switzerland. 20 seasons of mountaineering and climbing in the Swiss alps. Why not join us and let Internationally qualified and experienced Mountain Guide Gary Dickson ,guide and facilitate your enjoyment of this great countries superb mountain terrain and infrastructure.
Climbing in Swiss style
January 2018. A mountaineering course was run by Internationally qualified and experienced mountain guide Gary Dickson with two keen beginner mountaineers from Sydney , Australia.
IFMGA, Professional Mountain Guides around the World
Decemebr 2017 had Mountain Guide Gary Dickson head up to the Mount Cook Climbing region to instruct an Alpine climbing course.
Learn the skills of glacier travel and glaciation on an alpine instruction course With Mountain Guide Gary Dickson
Observe and interpret mountain weather on an Alpine skills course
Novemeber 2017 – a momentous occassion having the ‘crew’ back doing a fabulous ski touring trip based at the recently spruced up Tasman Saddle hut, Head of the Tasman Glacier, NZ. John C, Phil, Bill and ( new to the ‘crew’) John K had four days of excellent spring ski touring, hut banter and general sunny alpine / backcountry skiing goodtimes. Great to having it happen again for the base crew after a break of several years.
Spectacular safe ice formations for ski touring amongst.
October. 10 days on the wild west coast of New Zealand. Mountain Guide Gary Dickson has just been working with the senior staff of Fox Glacier Guiding with some specialized mountain training. Chancellor Hut beautifully situated above the Fox Icefall was a great location as a base for some of the training. Chancellor dome and the Fox Ice provided great terrain.
Gaz On the Fox Icefall, FGG specialized mountain training
Gaz meandering thru a fantastic ice tunnel currently formed on the Fox Glacier.