Learn to be an independent mountain climber, improve your alpine skills in the mountain environment with an alpine climbing instruction course with me, Mountain Guide Gary Dickson
As one of New Zealand’s leading expert instructors, I specialize in delivering high quality mountaineering instruction of techniques and knowledge and have been doing this successfully for the last 25 years. I have been used by and worked with some of the world’s special elite forces. My courses are designed to allow you to realise your alpine potential with a combination of teaching and coaching.
I am an alpine climbing instruction specialist enjoying providing quality mountaineering courses at all levels from a week starting from the basics for the beginner new to this excellent sport, to engaging with a group who already have some skills be it rock climbing or snow hiking and building on this skill base.
You might in the recent or not so recent past have done a mountaineering course and are looking for an update on techniques and skills – somethings specific or in general. Custom courses are my specialty
I work with a learning environment of either one on one with me or participants coming as a pre formed group. With inhibiting group dynamics eliminated, we can focus together on your learning and absorbtion of mountaineering techniques and knowledge that will allow you to climb safely globally.
Just email me with a desciption of where you are at, and we can discuss which would be the best course of action: to start, build on or refresh your mountaineering skills…..
Logistics for private alpine climbing instruction
All trips fly in and fly out
|*Price for 6 days:||1 person||2 people||3 people||4 people|
|$4690||$2700 pp||$2275 pp||$1870 pp|
|*Price for 7 days:||1 person||2 people||3 people||4 people|
|$5230||$3130 pp||$2500 pp||$2160 pp|
|Price Includes:||Guide fee for 6/7 days, hut fees, accommodation and vehicle transport during trip days, high quality food, party technical equipment e.g. rope, snow pickets, ice screws|
|Price doesn’t include:||Personal clothing and equipment, flights in and out of mountains, personal rental equipment. The flight cost varies according to aircraft used and loadings of the day. More about flights and please ask us for details|
*note:prices are in NZ$ and include GST (our goods & services tax of 15%)
Typically we head to the West Coast of the Southern Alps and fly into the head of the Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier at 2400m right in the heart of big glacier country. Sometimes we are forced into working on the east by the weather and then the head of the Tasman Glacier or Murchesion Glacier becomes the venue. No matter which, these venues offer superb terrain to learn and practice mountaineering skills.
Common topics that are covered on my intermediate level NZ mountaineering courses are:
- ice climbing, alpine rock climbing
- anchor selection, placement and set up
- intermediate-advanced crampon techniques
- equipment selection
- route planning and mountain weather
- glacier travel
- crevasse rescue – mechanical advantage systems
- rock rescue
- rope handling, abseiling, belaying, knots
- climbing roped up – moving together on runners/ridge travel
- avalanche awareness
Being a small, boutique company it has become impossible due to recent government beauracracy to continue to operate under our own department of conservation concession, so all instruction courses in NZ with Gary Dickson, IFMGA/NZMGA mountain guide, are now in collaboration with
Pre-trip information, discussions and trips will as far as you are concerned, continue to run as they previously did.