Fox Glacier Guides specialized mountain training

October. 10 days on the wild west coast of New Zealand.  Mountain Guide Gary Dickson has just been working with the senior staff of Fox Glacier Guiding with some specialized mountain training. Chancellor Hut beautifully situated above the Fox Icefall was a great location as a base for some of the training. Chancellor dome and the Fox Ice provided great terrain.

Gaz On the Fox Icefall, FGG specialized mountain training

Gaz On the Fox Icefall, FGG specialized mountain training

A fantastic ice tunnel currently on the Fox Glacier.

Gaz meandering thru a fantastic ice tunnel currently formed on the Fox Glacier.

Specialist mountaineering consultancy

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

Gaz Dickson – professional mountain consultant to some of the world elite

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

Climbing instruction – specialised mountain training for Wanaka police SAR squad

specialised rock training

specialised rock training, MJ leading

Aaron ready to belay us up

Aaron ready to belay us up

Aaron and MJ

Aaron and MJ

Multipitch rock climbing on the granite slabs near Homer Tunnel in the Fiordland, Darren mountains was the start of this summers specialised Police SAR squad training.

Stunning location and excellent rock and even the Keas behaved themselves and did not destroy our packs.

The plan to do a traverse of Mt Macpherson over to Mt Talbot was thwarted by the Fiordland jungle mist, so after a slightly soggy ascent and descent to homer saddle,  the continuation of specialised training was on the way back to Wanaka, with a climbing stop off at Kingston. Superb multipitch climbing with excellent lake views before a Queenstown burger.

Next climbing instruction installment will be in March …..what will we get up to then?…..

Technical Mountaineering: instruction and special training courses

The mulit-pitch rock climbing excursion mentioned earlier in the Southern Alps was just part of the whole picture. It was followed up by some ice climbing and more training of technical mountaineering skills last week at Fox Glacier, this time with Emma also part of the team:

special mountaineering training

Ice climbing on Fox Glacier

ice climbing in NZ

Not a bad day in the office

Presently, the chief is on a workshop in Mt Cook to keep up and refresh with expertise in his field(s) but a few more shots from the Fox Glacier mission where a couple of days were spent on the ice:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialized mountain training

Late March and Gary spent three days away with Wanaka Police SAR squad members MJ and Az, doing alpine rock training. Location: Head of the South Temple valley.  First objective was a 10 pitch climb on the Weta Prowl Buttress of Mt Steeple.  Multi-pitch climbing to max approx grade 13; reasonably sound rock but requiring good route finding and rope work amongst some loose stuff.  After success on this, another route on one of the many buttresses was completed. This was excellent route finding and terrain assessment for the lads with no existing topo.  An excellent venue for this specialized SAR training and Alpine rock techniques.

ridge-traverser

on the upper part of the weta prowl

south-temple-drop-off

access via the usual SAR method

thru-the-choke-pitch

Up thru the choke pitch

 

Mountain guiding and alpine climbing instruction

That’ s on the Alpinism & Ski program until May this year: be it for a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring or another dream peak or a combination of alpine climbing instruction and peak bagging while on a week of alpinism adventures. Some specialized mountaineering training for Wanaka Search and Rescue members is again on the agenda too, here some photos from autumn 2012 on Fox Glacier:

Mountain guide providing special training

SAR team members on a special training mission

Fox Glacier New Zealand

Special training on snow and ice

ice climbing instruction

Skills training for mountaineering

how to place ice screws

Ice screws in good use

instruction course for mountaineering

“hard work” on snow and ice

technical mountaineering skills

from ice and snow onto rock, that’s mixed climbing

mountain guiding in NZ

nice day in the office

mountain training in NZ

Southern Alps of New Zealand for special training

SAR members on special training

Who climbs up will have to come down

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialised Mountain training and search and rescue on TV

Alpinism and Ski does specialist mountain training for a number of organisations

Wanaka LandSAR team in training

Here are the links (11.12.2012)

Episode one 26th Nov

Episode two 3.Dec

Episode three in Fiordland

 

If  you are interested in what Gary and the Local Wanaka Land search and rescue people do, then tune into NZ TV channel One 8pm  on a Monday night  for eight episodes of reality TV of “high country rescue” ( the first episode was Monday 26th November and seems to have been well received by those we have talked to and those that have sent messages about it)