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.

Fox Glacier Guides specialized mountain training

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 On the Fox Icefall, FGG specialized mountain training

A fantastic ice tunnel currently on the Fox Glacier.

Gaz meandering thru a fantastic ice tunnel currently formed on the Fox Glacier.

Climbing in Switzerland

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.

Cheer Aaron.

Climbing in Swiss style

Climbing in Swiss style

Jungfrau – classic alpinism in Europe

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

Summit of the Jungfrau

Monch and Jungfraujock, Switzerland

Monch and Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

Halfway up the classic Jungfrau

Halfway up the classic Jungfrau

Private mountaineering instruction Switzerland

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

Multipitch rock climbing instruction above the Orny Glacier

High on the Summit of Mt Blanc du Cheilon

High on the Summit of Mt Blanc du Cheilon

Hi on Mt Blanc du Cheilon. Matterhorn in the background.

High on Mt Blanc du Cheilon. Matterhorn in the background.

Private mountain guiding Switzerland

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.

private mountain guiding in Switzerland

Descending the Allanlinhorn – private mountain guiding in Switzerland

inspiriational rock climbing switzerland

Rock climbing that is inspirational, Switzerland

Switzerland summit – Allalinhorn 4000m , private mountain guiding

Alpine trekking in Switzerland

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.

alpine trekking in the st moritz region of Switzerland

Piz Palu – big snowy majestic peak back drop for alpine trekking in Switzerlands St Moritz/Pontrasina region.

Nice hut for alpine trekking in Switzerland

Comfy huts for Alpine trekking in Switzerland

alpine trekking transport Switzerland

Swiss alpine trekking transport

Rock climbing in Switzerland

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.

Swiss rock climbing

Rock climbing in Switzerland

climbing granite in Switzerland

Climbing granite in Switzerland

Maggia Valley Italian Switzerland

Maggia Valley Italian Switzerland

West Coast of NZ, mountaineering

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.

lendenfeld

Mt lendenfeld, one of 26 peaks over 3000m in the NZ Alps – ascended this week.

Adventures start from Pioneer hut

Pioneer Hut, @2400m above sea level. The climbing base for the week.

Mountain guiding Aspiring region NZ

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 aerial image

Mt Aspiring – Aspiring climbing region, NZ

Back alpine climbing

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(right) and mates previously on a ski tour in the Murchesion glacier area.

Phil and mates previously on a ski tour in the Murchesion glacier area.