February saw IFMGA Mountain Guides Gaz and Jamie deliver for the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association a week of intensive guides training for candidates aspiring to become Climb, Ski and Trekking guides.
Recently, in Mid January, Gary headed to Fox Glacier with two of Alpine Guides Aoraki Hard Ice guides, Sam and Eddie to do Hard Ice Guiding skills training and enhancement. Beautiful west coast weather was had and lots of great skills learn’t , practiced and enhanced.
IFMGA Mountain Guide, Gaz has just returned from a 7 day Mountaineering course with Peter and Kristiina from Finland who wanted to learn and practice in particular, traveling on glaciers, glacier travel rope work and techniques, crevasse rescue and avalanche conditions knowledge.
Conditions for traveling around the NZ glaciers this season is fantastic due to snowfalls during the spring and the neve is very well filled in.
8 day mountaineering trip – destination, West Coast of the NZ Southern Alps. Base, Pioneer Hut 2400m. Lots of glacier, snow and ice.
Great weather and Primo conditions were had by Mountain Guide Gary and Australian mountaineers Fernando and Jamie.
Matt arrived from Aussie for what was planned as an Aspiring climb. The weather and conditions dictated that that was not a good plan, so Matt and Gary went North and flew into Tasman Saddle Hut and spent 5 days in that area. They took snow shoes which was great for dealing with the soft snow conditions.
A very uncommon sight was the red dust from interior Australia on the snow. Amazing how it can travel the 3000km over the Tasman Ocean to the southern alps….
A trip to the mountains of Fiordland – the Darren mountains. Gaz and Tim headed down to Homer Hut to get in a great climb of Mt McPherson via Homer Saddle and ‘Talbots Ladder’. A great wilderness feeling objective involving alpine rock and a classic snow summit with awesome alpine vistas of the surrounding snowy Fiordland peaks.
Iris and Gaz recently skied a light dusting of powder in the back country of Wanaka….
On the 19th of September, Gary and Iris will arrive back from Switzerland to their Wanaka , NZ base . Ski touring is on the agenda. Late winter /spring is a superb time to take your winter ski fitness, and enjoy the warmer temps and more stable and stronger snow to go ski touring based out of the NZ alpine huts in the middle of awesome glaciated terrain. Come join us…..
Early September – Gary and Iris traveled from Switzerland via many twists and turns in their little car to the magnificent Dolomites for some fantastic alpine rock climbing.
Such a beautiful area of limestone rock towers and faces with a back drop of forest .
Switzerland has amazing rock walls and superb multipitch climbs on them.
Iris and Gaz climbed at Sanetsch ( 2240m alt) yesterday – a beautiful cloudless, sunny alpine climbing day in Switzerland.
Back in NZ – Iris got an alert on her phone here in Switzerland – chains required on the Crown range , Wanaka, NZ. Yep, the winter snows have well and truly arrived in New Zealand setting the winter snow pack up beautifully for ski touring in September/October.
Enjoy you alpine passions….