Mt Blanc du Cheilon 3,869m “undoubtedly one of the most beautiful peaks in the Western Valais….” A perfect 3 day adventure completed by Mountain Guide Gary Dickson and Anand.
Yes, this is a fantastic classic Swiss alpine mountaineering trip with a superb Cabane ( Cabane des Dix) as the launch point. Fine alpine rock ridge travel then superb views of the Matterhorn, Dent Blanche and Dent d Herens at the summit ridge and then fun, exposed ridge travel and a final summit mini pitch to the very ‘airy’ summit where one can look directly down the very steep north face to the Cabane Dix 1000m below.
Just purchased our tickets for yet another season in Switzerland. 20 seasons of mountaineering and climbing in the Swiss alps. Why not join us and let Internationally qualified and experienced Mountain Guide Gary Dickson ,guide and facilitate your enjoyment of this great countries superb mountain terrain and infrastructure.
Climbing in Swiss style
April 2017 and Mountain Guide Gaz is just back from a trip to the West coast neve of the Fox Glacier.
Excellent weather and great mountaineering conditions and a couple of excellent ascents for a couple from Thailand.
Mt lendenfeld, one of 26 peaks over 3000m in the NZ Alps – ascended this week.
Pioneer Hut, @2400m above sea level. The climbing base for the week.
Early 2017, IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary Dickson spent two week with an elite group of people furthering their mountaineering decision making skills in the Southern Alps of NZ – known by this group as an ideal place to hone and test their mountaineering skills – skills and proficiency that they then can take to any mountain region/range in the world.
Gaz Dickson – professional mountain consultant to some of the world elite
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
Canyon lands, back basins Tasman Glacier
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.
Beautiful Bluemlisalp region, guided trekking, Switzerland
Very achievable Alpine multipitch rock, Switzerland
Enjoying the moment on top of the Nadelhorn, Switzerland
Late March saw Mountain guide Gary and two German lads ( who have been working on a local region vineyard ) head into Tasman Saddle for a week for a private mountaineering instruction course. Although the glacier was heavily crevassed, which is to be expected at this time of the year, conditions were especially good for learning cramponing technique and glacier travel.
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
The kiwi summer alpinism season is upon us.
Mega classic snow and ice Mt Lendenfeld 3192m centre
Fun and classic summer alpinism on the wild west coast, NZ
Conditions on the glaciers are looking excellent due to the good snow winter we have had. Check out a few of our additions on our webpage – Mt Lendenfeld mega classic 3192m peak week and the Classic west coast peaks week. Time to dust of those mountaineering boots, find your headtorch and start planning your next kiwi adventure. Fly into queenstown airport, we can come and pick you up, whip over to wanaka for a pre trip BBQ, then cruise down the wild west coast, hop into a helicopter and be climbing in some of the worlds finest alpine terrain…
Mic, Monty and Pat high up on the Fox Glacier, New Zealand
A few months ago, we heard from Mic who had climbed Mt Cook as well as Mt Tasman with Gaz some years ago. He was keen to introduce his son Pat to Alpinism adventures and last month, together with his longtime mountaineering buddy Monty, the threesome arrived for a seven day mountaineering instruction course. At the base, this was the opportunity to finalize the latest Adventure Tourism auditing request and then our team hit the road to Fox Glacier; photos on the last blog but here now the feedback:
from Monty, after his fourth trip:
” Thank you very much again for a wonderful and friendly experience. I always come away from climbing trips with ‘Gaz’ with more confidence and desire for more mountain excursions. I know Mick and I will be planning our next trip as soon as we get back home. Gaz, your patient tutorial towards Pat in getting him to understand the complexity of climbing and how he can still enjoy it was most beneficial & assuring. A great mentor.
Iris, your hospitality as always was warm and generous. Till next time, Monty”
Thanks Monty, we look forward to it!