Alpine ski mountaineering course

In October, Gary headed into the head of the Tasman Glacier, based at Tasman Saddle hut with clients Mark  and Rachel. Learing the skills of ski mountaineering in preparation for a trip May 2017 to Denali.  Cold  snowy weather conditions provided perfect conditions to test gear , back country skiing / ski touring techniques , learn and apply technical mountaineering skills and weather and avalanche knowledge.

Sunset  from Tasman saddle hut

Sunset from Tasman saddle hut

Canyon lands, back basins tasman glacier

Canyon lands, back basins Tasman Glacier

Avalanche course in New Zealand

Fresh snow is visible on Treble Cone – good for the winter vibes of everybody looking forward to play in the snow coming winter. Autumn leaves are still being blown around and chief mountain guide Gaz today is going zen with his chain saw.

The Avalanche Course in NZ price for Sept/Oct. 2013 has been set and here are the details:

  • 3 field days visiting the back country areas near Wanaka
  • theory sessions include: mountain weather, snow physics and pack assessment, hazard evaluation and forecasting as well as avalanche search and rescue techniques and equipment
  • based at the luxury hut /humble lodge of Alpinism and Ski in Wanaka, enjoy a sauna after a day of instruction out in the back country
  • Price one person NZ $ 2960, two or more $ 1625 per person

Included in the price are guide fee, accommodation for 2 nights incl. dinner, lunch and breakfast, local transport and a one day back country lift pass at TC. More here or email us for more details

Avalanche course, winter mountaineering, ski touring in NZ

Just a few lucky avalanche shots while on a trekking adventure over Ball Pass last summer in New Zealand

Alpinism photography

Caroline face, Mt Cook Aoraki NZ, Dec 2010

alpinism experiences in NZ

Avalanche course anybody?

summer avalanche lucky shot

Close up avalanche action in the middle of the climbing season

Gary is guiding a father-son team for ISM in the beautiful alpine play area of Trient glacier, Orny hut – a fabulous play ground for mountaineers and climbers, along the Swiss-French border ridge lines. It’s raining in Leysin, easy to get our minds into move-on mode and therefore ski touring, avalanche courses and winter mountaineering in New Zealand… but, before then, the Alpinism & Ski team is taking a break:

the global office is officially closed – between 23 August and 7th September

as Gaz and Iris will be gone on their private adventure

So, if you’d like to inquire or book your special dream trip, just do it before then :)

Alpinism & Culture

Climbing in Swiss Alps: Alpinism and Culture, ibex sculpture at the Orny hut,