About alpinism

Owner-manager of a wonderful enterprise called Alpinism & Ski, based in Wanaka, New Zealand but also for a couple of months per year in Switzerland and the French/Italian Alps. Offering mountaineering and climbing adventures, instruction courses and back country ski touring. Mountain guiding adventures with the twist of learning and improving technical skills while enjoying safety with a qualified mountain guide. To complete the picture, we have the Alpinism studio available as a charming but humble, independent holiday accommodation option in Wanaka.

Ski touring @ remarkables

Recent snow falls have left the back country ski touring conditions in NZ magnificent. A few days ago, Iris , Gary and two friends from Queenstown did a day ski  tour off the back of the very accessible Remarkables ski area, into Y creek.

Skinning back up to curvy basin saddle on recent day Ski tour  @ Remarkables. photo credit : Sue Notley

Skinning back up to curvy basin saddle on recent day Ski tour @ Remarkables.
photo credit : Sue Notley

Fresh winter snow - September ski touring in NZ

Fresh winter snow – September ski touring in NZ. Photo credit: Sue Notley

Private Swiss Mountain Guiding Lagginhorn

Over the weekend, Gary and Anand climbed the classic 4010m Swiss peak, the Lagginhorn.  Mainly PD alpine rock, with crampons being worn on the last hour of the ascent. A dusting of fresh snow and a very breezy and fresh  North wind greeted them on the summit  slopes. A great vista was quickly admired as it was below zero degrees  on the summit and the wind chill made for a short summit stop.

Private Swiss summit mountain guiding - Anand ontop the summit of the Lagginhorn 4010m, Switzerland

Private Swiss summit mountain guiding – Anand ontop the summit of the Lagginhorn 4010m, Switzerland

 

Classic Swiss mountaineering

Mt Blanc du Cheilon 3,869m  “undoubtedly one of the most beautiful peaks in the Western Valais….”  A perfect 3 day adventure completed by Mountain Guide Gary Dickson and Anand.

Yes, this is a fantastic classic Swiss  alpine mountaineering trip with a superb Cabane ( Cabane des Dix) as the launch point.  Fine alpine rock ridge travel then superb views of the Matterhorn, Dent Blanche and Dent d Herens at the summit ridge and then fun, exposed ridge travel and a final summit mini pitch to the very ‘airy’ summit where one can look directly down the very steep north face to the Cabane Dix 1000m below.

Crampon time

Crampon time

Matterhorn background

Matterhorn background

Summit ridge

Summit ridge

Climbing in Switzerland

Sunday/Monday, Anand and Gary headed to the Cabane d’Orny for some classic Swiss alpinism. After the hike to the cabane , they enjoyed some rock climbing on granite routes behind the  hut in the afternoon sun.  Then next morning they went up the ‘Orny glacier to the Trient plateau and up the rocky ridge on the left side of the north face of the Tete blanche, then over to the Summit of the Petite Fourche, then a descent to a fixed rappel point, over the bergshrund and a cruise back to the Cabane for a well deserved rosti…..

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High on the Tete Blanche, classic Swiss alpinism

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Alpinism in Switzerland on the Trient ice plateau

petite fourche summit

Swiss summit – Petite Fourche

Swiss summer climbing

Back in Leysin , Switzerland for the I think 19th season.  Still very beautiful.  Been climbing multipitch rock with Iris in the Grimsel pass granite area  and now over in the Swiss  French region of Switzerland  where we base our selves for the two months of July and August.

Rock climbing in Switzerland

pitch three, granite slab climbing, Central Switzerland

Ski Touring in NZ

It’s storming outside, and snowing in the backcountry. Another log goes on the fire in our base here in Wanaka, NZ. Yes we are about to head over to Switzerland for 3 Months( for the Swiss summer), and then return for what looks like a great ski touring season shaping up.

Ski touring in September and October might be something you are thinking about. At that time of the winter, there will be maximum snow, more stable snow pack and  warmer temperatures up high at 2400m where we stay in the NZ mountain huts and go touring. The most  fantastic time to go touring in the big mountains and glaciers in the backcountry.

It’s not too early to think about and get in touch.

ski touring in New Zealand

Glaciated Beauty and fun times

New Zealand Ski Touring

Ski touring on Fox glacier

Ski touring accomodation in NZ

Ski touring accommodation in NZ

 

Switzerland Guiding

July and August , there is still a bit of space available to book IFMGA mountain guide Gary Dickson for some mountain guiding or a climbing instruction course in the Swiss alps.

Warm summer alpine rock, Swiss glaciers, snowy ridges, Swiss cheese, cow bells. Come and enjoy Switzerland with us.

Mountain climbing in Switzerland

Mountain climbing in Switzerland

Classic  alpine Swiss mountain ridges

Classic alpine Swiss mountain ridges

Alpinism in Switzerland with a Mountain Guide

Happy Swiss times