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

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

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.

 

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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Guided mountaineering in Switzerland 2016 season

What are you doing July/August of 2016?  Keen to go climbing and mountaineering in the Swiss Alps?  As per normal, we are again heading to europe, to be based in Leysin ,Switzerland for the 2016 summer climbing / mountaineering season.

Switzerland has  a brilliant selection of mountain options, adventures to choose from to wet your taste buds, fill your alpine desires for alpine ridges, glacier traverses, multi mitch rock missions……. all with comfortable sized backpacks, warm and elegant mountain huts, excellent access tracks or lifts….

Switzerland is set up for alpinism. It has a long history and culture of alpinism. You too can experience this, and utilize my 15 seasons of knowledge to get the best out of you Swiss alpine trip.

Guided Treks in Switzerland

Beautiful Bluemlisalp region, guided trekking, Switzerland

Rock climbing in Switzerland

Very achievable Alpine multipitch rock, Switzerland

Andrew on top of the Nadelhorn, Switzerland

Enjoying the moment on top of the Nadelhorn, Switzerland

Switzerland climbing 2016

Grant has just booked with me a week of mountaineering  in the Swiss alps in August.  You too can come and join the alpinism and ski team and enjoy the massive supermarket of mountaineering peaks and routes with good  access, light packs, excellent mountain accomodation in Switzerland.

On his recent trip in the NZ Alps, Ant is inspired to get into more mountaineering again and will maybe join me in the swiss alps too………………… what about you?

Nadelhorn, classic summit, Switzerland

Almageller hut. Sass valley, Switzerland

Leysin, Switzerland

Leysin is a fantastic alpine village nestled in the pre alps of Switzerland, perfect as our base to launch mountaineering trips into the swiss alps from.

Leysin has all grades of rock climbing on superb rock

Leysin has all grades of rock climbing on superb rock

Leysin has excellent local hikes pre and post mountaineering

Leysin has excellent local hikes pre and post mountaineering

Awesome mountain veiws from this 1500m veiw point - Leysin

Awesome mountain veiws from this 1500m veiw point – Leysin

Leysin is easy to get to via the fantastically efficient and reliable Swiss train system or road if you have a rental car.

It is about the same size as Wanaka, NZ – a small alpine type town with cafes, restaurants, sports stores, supermarket, a variety of nice accomodation options  and importantly central to the main mountaineering regions.

  • 1.5 hrs from chamonix
  • 2 hrs from Zermatt, Sass valley region
  • 2.5 hrs from the Grindelwald  region
  • 3hrs from getting to Italy – Grand Paradiso National Park

So perfect for a warm up acclimatisation hike,  rock session or via ferrata if required for skills acqusition , skills tune up or best weather option, and then ideal for launching off to the best venue for conditions, weather, your skills and objectives….

guided climb of Matterhorn

Helicopter action recently rennovating the Hornli hut -Matterhorn in the background

UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide

Me, Gary Dickson, IFMGA mountain guide on Swiss rock

Alpinism adventures, Leysin, Switzerland

Swiss alpine flora, on a rock climbing excursion near Leysin

Climbing in Europe, summer alpinism adventures

guided trekking

blue gentians and pink pretties on a hike in the Swiss Alps

Beginning of July and the coming two months will be gone in a flash. The European Alps season for Gary is booked out with him having given his time to ISM, the International School of Mountaineering with whom he started in 1997. That is, except one week in August, special project with Phil & Barb from Wanaka, more about this at a later stage. End of last month, Gaz went off to Orny hut, a favorite play ground: another hut higher up (Trient) great peaks all around, fabulous rock climbing on granite too and there is a real chance of finding your very own crystal.

L’Aiguille du Tour, 3540 m altitude and on the border of Switzerland-France was climbed by Phil, Ian and Lee plus our favorite mountain guide of course.They continued to Arolla and the wonderful Cabane des Dix, via Pas de Chèvre, ladders and awesome scenery. Mont Blanc de Cheilon was a goal with visibility zero and finally the summit of La Luette (3548m) the culmination of the week. Next is a trip to Grand Paradiso in Italy (starting with breakfast in Switzerland) and later in the week Mont Blanc, Chamonix – France.

More climbing and climbing instruction in Switzerland, Europe

Alpinism adventures, Leysin, Switzerland

On a rock climbing excursion near Leysin

Only a couple of days left this month and the Swiss National day on first of August will bring fireworks aplenty. There are many keen hikers and mountaineers very dedicated to create a bonfire on just about all the mountain tops. Heavy loads of wood have to be carried up hill along with yummy picnics and appropriate beverages to celebrate the occasion. While party mode is happening for many, climbing and mountaineering fun continues for others and mountain guide Gaz has started this week with Jim on a multi pitch route in Valais. High alpine climbing is on the program for the rest of the week, starting today at the cabane des Dix in the Swiss Alps. Continue reading

Mountaineering and other Alpinism activities in Europe

Alpine Fauna & Flora

A Poppy below the Tour d'Aï, Leysin

This last week in July has been absolutely beautiful weather wise and a number of alpinism activities have been going on for us: visiting the ancient alpine botanical garden high above Leysin, rock climbing and hiking plus climbing peaks over 4000 m altitude in the Swiss Alps. Earlier, Phil Melchior from Wanaka was on his sixth visit in Europe for alpine climbing with chief Gaz and he kindly made this photo album available. They stayed at the historical mountaineering hotel Rosenlaui, then climbed up to the Dossenhut. Continue reading