Specialist alpine rescue training

Yesterday, Mountain Guide Gary participated in the Wanaka Alpine cliff rescue teams annual prewinter training. Crevasse rescue a particular feature this pre winter and the usual under helicopter human longline rescue technique practice.

Not too much snow back country yet, but getting there and it is cold in the backcountry so that is good. Bring on another good NZ winter hopefully …..

Under helicopter human longline rescue technique, early winter 2023

Mountaineering course

IFMGA Mountain guide Gary Dickson is just back from running a 7 day Alpine skills mountaineering course for Alpine Guides Aoraki . Tricky weather, but lots of learning of skills and now the 4 participants are ready to head out and apply those mountaineering skills to various mountain adventures….

Ice tool placement on alpine mountaineering skills course
crampon foot placement on alpine mountaineering skills course
two tooling on Alpine mountaineering skills course
Doin it – alpine mountaineering skills course, Mt Cook, NZ

Spring ski touring

End of the ski field season but the perfect time for alpine ski touring on the high glacier terrain of the Tasman Glacier.

Bernie, Pete and Duncan from Auckland came on down for the classic Southern alps ski touring trip.

The lads enjoyed a tour to straddle the main divide, checked out some ice serac formations and a 10km ski down the Tasman glacier on 10 cm of fresh POW …….

Kelman Hut @ 2400m at the top of the Tasman Glacier