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.

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

Iceland – specialized mountain training

Comming up in June, IFMGA  Mountain Guide Gary will be heading for two weeks to Iceland to continue his work with Icelandic Mountain Guides with their glacier  and alpine trekking guide program. This is specialized training and assessment that gary enjoys being involved in so a high quality and safe mountain product can be offered and delivered to clients in a special and spectacular setting 66 degrees North.

Iceland - very different part of the planet that!

Iceland – very different part of the planet that!

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Wanaka, New Zealand

Our main base is Wanaka here in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Lake Wanaka NZ

We live on the shores of Lake Wanaka. The climate in Wanaka is dry as it is out of the mountain weather so ideal for preparing for a trip or hanging out waiting for a weather change before going into the big mountains.

Wanaka as a town is just the right size for having the conviences of modern living, but not overly busy. We have nice recreation options such as rock climbing, sailing, mountain biking, wine tasting….

Wanaka is idealy suited as a base for a mountain guiding operation as it is central for access to the southern alps. Mt Aspiring national park is at our door step, Mt Cook National Park is 2.5hrs drive away and Fox glacier, gateway to the Fox and Franz Josef glacier region is 3 hrs away.

Queenstown has an international airport or connects easily for our guests to international flights out of Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland, and is only 40  minutes drive away over the crown range for us to come and pick you up – yep , nice and handy.

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2016 classic mountaineering west coast nz

January 2016, Ascents trip to the West coast, based at Centenial Hut. Great weather and we had the whole of the 8000ha of the Franz neve to ourselves! and the end of the week , a fantastic traverse of the Remarkables, above Queenstown….

Anthony on the summit of Single Cone, the third peak on the Remarkables traverse

Ant climbing on Mt Aurora, Franz Josef glacier, West coast nz

Ant climbing on Mt Aurora, Franz Josef glacier, West coast NZ

From mountaineering in NZ to climbing in Switzerland and back to NZ ski touring

Guided ski touring in NZ

Ski touring in New Zealand, skiing amoungst the ice towers on the Tasman Glacier.

Southern Alps back country ski touring

Back country ski touring amoungst very “cool” terrain

 

 

 

 

 

As snow lovers in New Zealand had started the best winter in a long time, we enjoyed an amazing run of summer weather in Europe and particularly lots of good climbing in Switzerland. Interested? again in July/August 2016 and don’t hesitate to ask!

Presently, ski touring is still on in the Southern Alps and masses of snow are left for some good ski touring fun out there, as long as those crazy Spring winds would settle somewhat! soon!

Gary can be booked again as a mountain guide this coming NZ summer. Top quality mountaineering instruction courses right here in NZ, Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud. From now on, he will offer his guiding service under the concession and sms of Alpine Guides in Mt Cook-Aoraki. Our guided trekking excursions are now part of the past, but we can give you tips and advice anytime for free.

The Alpinism studio-cottage is available again for your independent holidays here in Wanaka, be it action packed or relaxing or mixed.

Enjoy whatever you do and stay safe.

 

Ski touring in New Zealand

guided ski touring in NZ

Ski touring near Centennial hut

With all the fresh snow fallen a week ago, winter activities will be on many minds, here just a small selection of photos from past trips in the Southern Alps. While some keen snow lovers are already out there ski touring somewhere in the mountains of New Zealand, remember that back country skiing amoungst  glaciated terrain can still be very dangerous and the amount of snow fallen has by no means filled up the crevasses nor made the bergschrunds safe just yet. Enjoy but make sure you have the skills out there. Courses are offered by top mountain guide instructor Gary Dickson, IFMGA expert in NZ. His next job is instructing/assessing in Iceland again, helping the professional glacier guides with quality standards in the industry. But before we leave, the annual general meeting of NZMGA is on the agenda where he’ll act as Mr President.

The first ski tour has been put on the schedule and if you – or anybody you know – are keen on an NZ back country ski tour late winter/spring with chief guide Gaz, at this stage you have the choice from 23rd September on wards. We can be reached any time via email, just beware that occasionally we might be out of touch longer than usual, sitting in plane,  or otherwise relocating in the Swiss Alps without the online setup.

loo with a view

loo with a view, ski touring in NZ

Southern Alps back country ski touring

Southern Alps back country ski touring

back country ski touring, NZ

Ski touring , Tasman glacier, New Zealand

Alpinism & Ski base in Wanaka, sustainability and eco friendly

Wanaka, base of Alpinism & Ski

Autumn colors in Wanaka

The colorful leaves on trees and bushes will be gone very soon and winter woollies, boots and adventure gear used again. This ‘in-between’ season is always fabulous too, no early starts or not too many. The Alpinism & Ski team took a break, sailing in the Marlborough Sounds, enjoying the road trip through the Mainland and visiting friends.

Now it’s preparation time for our stint in the European Alps again and we look forward to many great rock climbing trips and summer mountaineering adventures in Switzerland, France and Italy. The Alpinism studio-cottage has a winter tenant, available again for short term holidays from mid Oct. and our base will be looked after by the same wonderful friend while we are away. We can boast about another sustainability achievement with an extra layer of flooring in the studio which should improve warmth. Another year for the Alpinism & Ski base has just been confirmed as being a ‘low user’ energy wise which should be thanks to our solar system.

We shall be away for the first part of the winter but for those of you following our blog and keen on winter activities around here, the annual Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival this year is held from 14th – 16th of August and more on their website www.iceandmixedfestival.co.nz – Also, from 3-7th July another awesome thing we are missing out on is the Wanaka Film festival, enjoy if you are here.