About alpinism

Owner-manager of a wonderful enterprise called Alpinism & Ski, based in Wanaka, New Zealand but also for a couple of months per year in Switzerland and the French/Italian Alps. Offering mountaineering and climbing adventures, instruction courses and back country ski touring. Mountain guiding adventures with the twist of learning and improving technical skills while enjoying safety with a qualified mountain guide. To complete the picture, we have the Alpinism studio available as a charming but humble, independent holiday accommodation option in Wanaka.

Swiss summer climbing

Back in Leysin , Switzerland for the I think 19th season.  Still very beautiful.  Been climbing multipitch rock with Iris in the Grimsel pass granite area  and now over in the Swiss  French region of Switzerland  where we base our selves for the two months of July and August.

Rock climbing in Switzerland

pitch three, granite slab climbing, Central Switzerland

Ski Touring in NZ

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.

ski touring in New Zealand

Glaciated Beauty and fun times

New Zealand Ski Touring

Ski touring on Fox glacier

Ski touring accomodation in NZ

Ski touring accommodation in NZ


Switzerland Guiding

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

Mountain climbing in Switzerland

Classic  alpine Swiss mountain ridges

Classic alpine Swiss mountain ridges

Alpinism in Switzerland with a Mountain Guide

Happy Swiss times

Alpine climbing instruction course

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

learning to belay on the 6 day alpine climbing course

ice climbing - Mt Cook in the background

ice climbing – Mt Cook in the background

Happy belayer

Happy belayer

Tickets to Switzerland

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

Climbing in Swiss style

Spring Ski touring NZ

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. :-)

Southern Alps back country ski touring, NZ

Spectacular safe ice formations for ski touring amongst.