2024 winter is upon us

2024 winter is here, and nice cold temps have prevailed so far early season.  Not much precipitation as of yet, but early days.

Gary is ski patrolling up at Cardrona Alpine Resort again for the season.

He has a ski tour planned with the usual suspects from Auckland in Late October, and today has had return client Matt booking in a climbing refresher week early November…..

ski touring good times . This year the same crew looking to try and ski tour the mighty west coast….. fingers crossed…

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