NZ mountain guides assn assessments

Nov/Dec had IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary working as an assessor for the New Zealand Mountain Guides association as an assessor for two four day NZMGA hard ice guide courses.  Both these courses where run on the lower Tasman Glacier ice, a first for the associations training and certification scheme ( usually these courses have been held on the west coast glaciers). All eight of the candidates who put themselves forward for this aseessment( the highest award in NZ for Hard ice glacier guiding) ended up passing. Well done to them all.

NZ mountain guides assocaition HIG courses

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.

 

2016 specialized mountain training in Iceland

Again this year , Mountain Guide Gary Dickson travelled to Iceland in June and worked with Icelandic Mountain Guides and this year some other glacier guides from Iceland with their training and certification requirements for the Icelandic glacier guiding industry.

specialized mountain training in iceland

specialized mountain training in iceland

the power of icelandic milk for mountain training

the power of icelandic milk for mountain training

Iceclimbing in iceland

Iceclimbing in iceland

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!

SAR training in icelandIFMGA for top quality mountain guides

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

Mountaineering with Gary Dickson, Alpinism & Ski Wanaka – NZ and Europe

Here some memorabilia of Alpinism during the last decade: youtube legendary Doug Ball who spent considerable time climbing with mountain guide Gary Dickson aka Gaz from January 2006 until August 2009.

Climbing Mt Aspiring

Doug Ball, 79, on Mt Aspiring, New Zealand

Doug Ball on the Fiescherhorn with mountain guide Gary Dickson

Doug at 80, climbing a few peaks over 4000m in a week in Switzerland

climbing in the Swiss Alps

Doug climbing high above the Dossenhütte, Kingspitze in the back ground

Doug had climbed Mt Cook Aoraki with his wife Peggy and many other peaks, but never Mt Aspiring. He got thwarted twice while climbing with Gaz because of conditions and weather but third time lucky and for a brief time he was considered the oldest climber to have sumited. He must have been an inspiration … more

Doug and Mt Tasman in the back ground

Based at Centennial hut for some more alpine climbing

He sent us these lines just recently …”I use a slide show of my mountaineering photos as a screen saver so that my memories are not lost but are refreshed every day. Alpinism and Ski certainly made an enormous difference to my life. What would have become of me if I had just thrown in the sponge after Peggy died?  I have so much to thank you both for and am not likely to ever forget it.”

keep going strong Doug

Mountain guiding in New Zealand

Be it an ascent of one of the beautiful peaks in the Southern Alps or a mountaineering instruction course to learn/refresh alpine climbing skills, Alpinism and Ski  offers you our  diverse range of mountain guiding services. From short and easy rock climbing on the local Wanaka crags, trekking, hiking and walking around the local hills or  to more full on and week long missions on the glaciated terrain, just get in touch to help you organize your next trip.

Rock climbing near Wanaka

The youngest and smallest having fun on the rock

Rock climbing

A future rock climbing star in the making?

Yesterday, Riverside next to the Motatapu river near Wanaka provided a fantastic venue for an introduction to the sport of rock climbing for long time client and friend Phil melchiors Grand sons. It was  also a lovely spot  for a family picnic and ‘refreshing’ plunge in the water.