Tasman Saddle mountaineering course

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


Mountaineering West Coast

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

Mountain guiding @ Tasman Saddle

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.

Alpine climbing fiordland

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

Arrival back in NZ – ski touring

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…..

Guided ski touring in NZ

Glacier Ski touring in New Zealand

Magnificent glacier features to ski around, explore, photograph, experience….


Dolomites climbing

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

Rock climbing in Switzerland

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 🙂