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.
Crevasse rescue practice on mountaineering course, NZ
Practicing pitching on Mt Aylmer
Fantastic conditions on the Tasman glacier neve
What an awesome sunset – what to experience on your West Coast of NZ mountaineering trip
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.
Summit of Grey Peak, Main divide, Southern Alps
Descending to Chancellor hut, Fox Glacier
Outside Pioneer Hut, ready to go classic west coast mountaineering
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….
The red Aussie dust on the Tasman Glacier
Matt on snow shoes – Aoraki Mt Cook in the back ground. Tasman Saddle area.
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.
The summit slopes of Mt McPherson – classic alpine climbing in Fiordland, NZ
Climbing amongst the Darren Mountain peaks
Alpine rock climbing above homer saddle
Iris and Gaz recently skied a light dusting of powder in the back country of Wanaka….
Back country ski touring special vegetation
Skinning back up after a nice ski down
Back country ski touring fun
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…..
Glacier Ski touring in New Zealand
Magnificent glacier features to ski around, explore, photograph, experience….
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 .
Iris climbing superb featured limestone in the Dolomites, Italy
Belaying on a 7 pitch climb
Superb scenery as we climbed in the Dolomites
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….
Iris leading 5b beautiful limestone pitch heading for the skyline pitches 🙂
Winter in NZ has arrived down under. Enjoy the slopes and get into the groove and shape for an awesome ski tour in late Winter/Spring( the most superb time for alpine ski touring on the NZ Glaciers).
The Alpinism & Ski team will be back from the Dolomites Mid September, back at the Wanaka Base ready for a great Kiwi ski touring season.
Enjoy the snow…. 🙂
Fresh winter snow – September ski touring in NZ
Mid July and Phil, Barb , Gaz and Iris have had a fantastic trip to Pontresina ( just up the road from St Moritz), the Engadine region of Switzerland.
On top of a spectacular alpine vista, 20cm of fresh snow was had overnight as the team stayed overnight in the awesome Diaviolazza alpine ‘hotel’.
We then relocated to the beautiful Roseg Gletsher hotel and did a day of alpine trekking up to the Techierva rIfugio.
The final night of the trip was had in the superbly crafted alpine chalet of the Talli Hutte.
Brilliant alpine cuisine, spectacular alpine flowers, marmots, and great company.
Superb alpine views in the Pontresina region of Switzerland
The Awesome Bianco Grat on the 4000m Piz Bernina as seen from the Tschierva Refugio
Phil enjoying the awesome scenery, trekking Switzerland