Swiss summer climbing

Back in Leysin , Switzerland for the I think 19th season.  Still very beautiful.  Been climbing multipitch rock with Iris in the Grimsel pass granite area  and now over in the Swiss  French region of Switzerland  where we base our selves for the two months of July and August.

Rock climbing in Switzerland

pitch three, granite slab climbing, Central Switzerland

Climbing in Switzerland

Aarons 50th will be well remembered. As a starter, an ascent of the very beautiful Mt Blanc du Cheilon, followed by a stay in a historic mountain hotel.  Midweek two multipitch rock ascents, one in the Rhone valley and one high above the Glacier d Orny, and a finish with an ascent of the NW granite ridge of the Tete Blanche and the Petite fourche.

Cheer Aaron.

Climbing in Swiss style

Climbing in Swiss style

Rock climbing in Switzerland

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.

Swiss rock climbing

Rock climbing in Switzerland

climbing granite in Switzerland

Climbing granite in Switzerland

Maggia Valley Italian Switzerland

Maggia Valley Italian Switzerland

Swiss private climbing instruction

In the middle of the July/August Swiss climbing season , Grant and Gary spent a week in the Swiss Alps working on developing Grants intermediate and advanced climbing techniques/skills for smooth, efficient ascent and descent of big peaks.


Climbing on Mt Blanc de Cheilion, Switzerland


Matterhorn skyline, Swiss Alps

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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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

Flora & Fauna while climbing in Switzerland

Guided climbing in Europe

The traverse of the Weissmies is a very popular mountaineering trip in Switzerland

What a mixed bag of weather in the Swiss, Italian and French Alps for the last few weeks. For the first time ever, mountain guide Gaz left with an umbrella for a mountaineering trip, however, he did not end up using it. The Gran Paradiso team made it albeit the conditions but the Mont Blanc ascent just didn’t have the weather gods willing to co-operate. Then a traverse of the Weissmies was possible between the storms middle of the month and last week’s team started with the charming Champéry via ferrata which becomes more wild with more rain. The four blokes then proceeded to the Weissmies hut – feedback about the hut has improved – and from there climbed the Lägginhorn, 4010 m. Back to Saas Grund and Zurbriggen Sport accommodation for a night before heading to the Almsgellenhut and the ascent of the Nadelhorn, also over 4000 m for which the sky was finally blue! More from our Euro Alpinism play ground:

Anemone in the seed stage

Above Leysin at the Tour d’Aï, Switzerland

Alpine flora in Switzerland

The stunning vanilla orchids

rock climbing adventures in Switzerland

Lime stone rock climbing at its best in the Swiss Alps


Backcountry ski touring in NZ now happening

Climbing in Europe is behind us for another year and one of the last weeks there, mountain guide Gaz was out with friend and colleague Steve Jones on the Matterhorn, part of a team on a filmed documentary climb. Here, pictures of a helicopter near the famous peak and hut and Jamie training for his special summit, with camera man Keith, the Trient glacier providing the perfect background, (photos are by Brian Hall, prof. IFMGA mountain guide).

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Jamie filmed by Keith with the Trient glacier in the back ground

on a guided climb of the Matterhorn

action flying near the famous peak

guided climb of Matterhorn

Helicopter action near the Matterhorn

Ski touring conditions are good after the recent wild storms on the South Island and plenty of snow fall in the back country of the Southern Alps. Excellent for the New Zealand ski touring missions during the next couple of months. Barely over jet lag, but we had to take the opportunity with blue skies and a fresh covering of white gold to put on ski touring gear for a bit of back country fun. The last week has been fabulous and there was more action on the ski field for Iris while Gary is teaching rope rescue techniques. Get in touch for a ski touring adventure just for you and your team.