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.

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.