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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Guided mountaineering in Switzerland 2016 season

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.

Guided Treks in Switzerland

Beautiful Bluemlisalp region, guided trekking, Switzerland

Rock climbing in Switzerland

Very achievable Alpine multipitch rock, Switzerland

Andrew on top of the Nadelhorn, Switzerland

Enjoying the moment on top of the Nadelhorn, Switzerland

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

ISM – Alpinism instruction, mountaineering course

Mountaineering in Europe

Michael and James, a week with ISM, here on Tête Blanche

August last year, Thanks for the feed back and photos Michael:

“Dear Gary,

On behalf of James and myself, thank you very much for an excellent week at the Orny and Dix huts.  It was an ideal mix of instruction, rockclimbing, snow and ice experience, and mountaineering on mixed terrain.  Mt Blanc de Cheilon was a great way to end the week – a beautiful mountain and a superb, satisfying climb.  Thank you especially for your patience and for not only ensuring our safety but taking the time at every stage to explain clearly what we were doing and why.  We also greatly appreciated your steady pacing, which provided several first-hand examples of the hare and tortoise principle in practice; I can’t speak for James, but do not underestimate the achievement of getting me to the top of Mt Blanc de Cheilon in (just) under guide-book time, still breathing comfortably and with an acceptable pulse-rate.

Many thanks again.”  Michael Firth

Mountain guiding in Europe

James enjoying the views from the summit of Mont Blanc de Cheillon, Matterhorn in the background( above his helmet) - well done team!

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

Switzerland – getting ready to head to Wanaka, NZ

sailing in turkey - adventure

Our break was having a sailing trip in turkey - fabulous adventure

We have just returned to Switzerland, having a break our selves from the Alpinism and Ski office.

On the agenda coming up in NZ :

1st off is a ski mountaineering course for three keen Australians who are setting their sights on traversing the Patagonian ice cap, so are looking to hone their crevasse rescue, avalanche rescue and technical avalanche and snow pack knowledge in the back country; their ski mountaineering skills etc

We are very much looking forward to getting back to our base in Wanaka, but also hope to get a few more rock routes and socializing done in Switzerland before we hop into the big bird for the journey across the globe……..

Alpinism in Europe after mountaineering in New Zealand

Alpine Flora at its best

Rhododendron flowering amongst beautiful lime stone formations

Rock climbing in Switzerland

Guy and Iris climbing lime stone slabs near Diablerets

Alpine flowers in Switzerland

Trolls and buttercups, left Trollieus europaeus, right a Ranunculus buttercup

While Gary is on ice and snow higher up, Iris is roaming the local hills, rock climbing, mountain biking, sticking her nose into flowers and having a good time on via ferratas:

Alpinism adventures

Via Ferrata at Plan Praz, Leysin

Via Ferrata Leysin

Zoe and Guy, training session between the rain

Alpinism training

Guy and Zoe, finishing off the via ferrata in Leysin