Classic Swiss mountaineering

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.

Crampon time

Crampon time

Matterhorn background

Matterhorn background

Summit ridge

Summit ridge

Climbing in Switzerland

Sunday/Monday, Anand and Gary headed to the Cabane d’Orny for some classic Swiss alpinism. After the hike to the cabane , they enjoyed some rock climbing on granite routes behind the  hut in the afternoon sun.  Then next morning they went up the ‘Orny glacier to the Trient plateau and up the rocky ridge on the left side of the north face of the Tete blanche, then over to the Summit of the Petite Fourche, then a descent to a fixed rappel point, over the bergshrund and a cruise back to the Cabane for a well deserved rosti…..

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High on the Tete Blanche, classic Swiss alpinism

swiss alpinism

Alpinism in Switzerland on the Trient ice plateau

petite fourche summit

Swiss summit – Petite Fourche

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

Switzerland Guiding

July and August , there is still a bit of space available to book IFMGA mountain guide Gary Dickson for some mountain guiding or a climbing instruction course in the Swiss alps.

Warm summer alpine rock, Swiss glaciers, snowy ridges, Swiss cheese, cow bells. Come and enjoy Switzerland with us.

Mountain climbing in Switzerland

Mountain climbing in Switzerland

Classic  alpine Swiss mountain ridges

Classic alpine Swiss mountain ridges

Alpinism in Switzerland with a Mountain Guide

Happy Swiss times

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