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.
Descending the Allanlinhorn – private mountain guiding in Switzerland
Rock climbing that is inspirational, Switzerland
Switzerland summit – Allalinhorn 4000m , private mountain guiding
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.
Piz Palu – big snowy majestic peak back drop for alpine trekking in Switzerlands St Moritz/Pontrasina region.
Comfy huts for Alpine trekking in Switzerland
Swiss alpine trekking transport
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.
Rock climbing in Switzerland
Climbing granite in Switzerland
Maggia Valley Italian Switzerland
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.
Mt lendenfeld, one of 26 peaks over 3000m in the NZ Alps – ascended this week.
Pioneer Hut, @2400m above sea level. The climbing base for the week.
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 – Aspiring climbing region, NZ
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 and mates previously on a ski tour in the Murchesion glacier area.
Early 2017, IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary Dickson spent two week with an elite group of people furthering their mountaineering decision making skills in the Southern Alps of NZ – known by this group as an ideal place to hone and test their mountaineering skills – skills and proficiency that they then can take to any mountain region/range in the world.
Gaz Dickson – professional mountain consultant to some of the world elite
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.
Tasman Saddle hut, your base for a private mountaineering instruction course
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.
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.