In the latter part of March, IFMGA mountain guide Gary Dickson went into Pionner, Fox Glacier for a week where he instructed three NZMGA candidates in Snow and Ice guiding techniques and knowledge.
Gaz and Phil are back from a great Fiordland Mountain adventure that went to Turners Biv at the head of Leader Creek( off Tutoko river valley below Mt Tutoko).
They flew in by Heli with Milford Helicopters, and then did a small excursion up toward Mt Madeline Glacier.
They then walked out down the rugged and not well traveled or marked leader creek exit route.
Amazing weather( which you need for such trips into the middle of the Darren mountains, Fiordland)
from left: Mt Tutoko, Mt Madeline, Mt Syme
IFMGA mountain guide Gaz has just arrived back from Mt Cook region where he has spent seven days teaching alpine climbing skills to 6 students with fellow IFMGA mountain guide Dave McKinley.
IFMGA mountain guides Gaz and Pablo have just completed a 7 day Alpine guides Aoraki, Alpine Skills course with 6 participants. Great weather and excellent conditions at the head of the Tasman Glacier, a great venue for covering the multitude of mountaineering skills for climbing in NZ and the world.
Just back from the head of the Fox Glacier, Gary and Josh enjoyed 6 days of brilliant weather and conditions.
Ice climbing, glacier travel, snow and ice anchors, cramponing…. 1:1 private instruction customized….
Mountain guide Gary is just back from the Mt Cook region where he instructed a 4 day crevasse rescue course for Alpine Guides.
This was based at Plateau hut, a fantastic venue for this with perfect crevasse terrain right beside the hut and spectacular views of Mt Cook, Silberhorn, Tasman, Lendenfeld, Dixon.
A wee climb on to Glacier Dome gave awesome 360 degree views of glaciers, moraine walls, terminal lakes, firn zones, neves, bergshrunds etc for the participants on the mountaineering skills course.
IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary is just back from the Mt Cook, Tasman Saddle area having just completed a 7 day Alpine Guides private instruction course for two clients who wanted to learn/hone their skills for further alpine climbing in the NZ southern alps. The weather was pretty windy, making for spectacular weather clouds( which were fantastic examples to see and learn from) and the neve is well filled in making for easy glacier travel/access/egress for upcoming mountaineering trips.
Early September had Mountain Guide Gary heading with two clients up to the head of the Tasman Glacier for ski touring. New snow had recently arrived and they flew in by helicopter on a clearing Southerly, to be based at Tasman Saddle hut for a few days.
Just back from a week of magnificent ski touring at the head of the Fox Glacier, based out of Pioneer hut 2400m , with a young, enthusiastic couple from Nelson. Wow , what a great settled week of weather.