Private instruction mountaineering

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….

Glorious West Coast morning

Pioneer hut – spectacular NZ mountain accommodation for a private instruction course

Crevasse rescue prussiking skills on the private instruction course

mountaineering crevasse rescue course

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.

Prussiking out of a crevasse on the mountaineering course

Participants roping up for glacier travel

Rope rescue systems training

Alpine climbing instruction 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.

lenticular cloud formation observed on the recent alpine climbing instruction course

Leading out on the Tasman Glacier , private instruction climbing course

Climbers in the Darwin Icefall, Tasman Glacier, Mt Cook

Ski Touring the Tasman Glacier

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.

Take Photos, leave excellent ski tracks…..10-15cm of powder over a glacier base of hundreds of meters…

Shall we repeat? of course…..

Fox Glacier ski tour

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.

Skinning back to Pioneer hut 2400m, Fox Glacier after ski touring for the day. What a spectacular home for a week!

Descending at the end of the ski tour to Chancellor Hut perched beautifully above the Fox Glacier hard ice

Ski touring locally

Ski touring locally off the back of Treble Cone and Cardrona is looking good as the snow is there and the storms have put the snow down.  A reasonable cover of snow has been good for the ski fields and also the back country ski touring conditions. The weather forecast this coming week is for great sunniness  and excellent local ski touring.

Recently on the Treble Cone back country – new storm snow brewing…

Recent ski touring off the back of Treble Cone ski field

Winter 2020 NZ

What has been happening?

  •   Ski Patrol staff training at Cardrona Alpine resort – medical and chairlift evac.
  • Pre winter Alpine cliff rescue training – getting used to the new Swiss search gizmo for finding transceivers from the helicopter, and the usual helicopter human longling rescue practice – done up at Treble Cone in 30cm of fresh,  a meter in the gullies in the saddle basin!

Today, for  a few hours, the Alpinism and Ski team  were out developing ski legs  fangin around some fresh( 10-15) at Cardies. The weather came and went – great test of the Oakley and Smith goggles, and neck gaiter in the wintery conditions – might have even got some vitamin D!! 🙂

Bring on winter ….. Yeah……

Getting the ski legs for the 2020 ski touring season – Cardrona fresh