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.

Private Mountaineering Instruction

Decemeber was busy for IFMGA mountain guide Gary Dickson with him working at Mt Cook doing two 5 day private mountaineering courses.  These shorter courses are ideal in length for introductory or skills update, and being not too long in the mountains, making for a pleasant amount of time for many people to be in the back country.  Both trips were based out of Tasman Saddle hut, at the head of the Tasman Glacier, which was ideal in the quite changeable westerly weather conditions.

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Tasman Saddle hut, your base for a private mountaineering instruction course

NZ mountain guides assn assessments

Nov/Dec had IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary working as an assessor for the New Zealand Mountain Guides association as an assessor for two four day NZMGA hard ice guide courses.  Both these courses where run on the lower Tasman Glacier ice, a first for the associations training and certification scheme ( usually these courses have been held on the west coast glaciers). All eight of the candidates who put themselves forward for this aseessment( the highest award in NZ for Hard ice glacier guiding) ended up passing. Well done to them all.

NZ mountain guides assocaition HIG courses

back country ski touring

Early November and Gaz and Monte head to the head of the Tasman Glacier for ski touring.  Variable weather conditions worked out OK with an ascent of Mt Aylmer, ice climbing in the Darwin ice fall and good ski turns  from the col nearby to Kelman hut.

There is plenty of winter snow in the head of the glaciers which should help them survive the summer months and make for good climbing conditions.

Glaciated southern alps of nzwind clouds

Alpine ski mountaineering course

In October, Gary headed into the head of the Tasman Glacier, based at Tasman Saddle hut with clients Mark  and Rachel. Learing the skills of ski mountaineering in preparation for a trip May 2017 to Denali.  Cold  snowy weather conditions provided perfect conditions to test gear , back country skiing / ski touring techniques , learn and apply technical mountaineering skills and weather and avalanche knowledge.

Sunset  from Tasman saddle hut

Sunset from Tasman saddle hut

Canyon lands, back basins tasman glacier

Canyon lands, back basins Tasman Glacier

Swiss private climbing instruction

In the middle of the July/August Swiss climbing season , Grant and Gary spent a week in the Swiss Alps working on developing Grants intermediate and advanced climbing techniques/skills for smooth, efficient ascent and descent of big peaks.

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Climbing on Mt Blanc de Cheilion, Switzerland

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Matterhorn skyline, Swiss Alps

Alpinism in Europe

In July, Mountain Guide Gary Dickson  did two trips around the MonteRosa massif – the classic “spagetti tour” which involves alpinism in both Switzerland and Italy, enjoying the spectacular scenery of this alpine world and the excellent alpine culture of Swiss and Italian mountain huttes/refugios.

The Matterhorn at sunset on the classic "spagetti tour" MonteRosa Chain , Switzerland/Italy.

The matterhorn at sunset on the classic “spagetti tour” MonteRosa Chain , Switzerland/Italy.

 

2016 specialized mountain training in Iceland

Again this year , Mountain Guide Gary Dickson travelled to Iceland in June and worked with Icelandic Mountain Guides and this year some other glacier guides from Iceland with their training and certification requirements for the Icelandic glacier guiding industry.

specialized mountain training in iceland

specialized mountain training in iceland

the power of icelandic milk for mountain training

the power of icelandic milk for mountain training

Iceclimbing in iceland

Iceclimbing in iceland

Swiss climbing course 2016 season

Learn , develop, extend you Alpinism skills in Switzerland this 2016 season. Join IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary Dickson for a week during July or August this 2016.

Switzerland has  brilliant terrain for delivering excellent, high quality climbing courses, and you can take advantage of the knowledge that Gary has gained over the last 15 seasons doing such courses.

Contact us now to work out when you can head into the Swiss Alps for your tailor made Swiss climbing course ….

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