Northern hemisphere 2019 summer climbing season in comming up. Switzerland is a fantastic destination for rock, snow and ice, alpine climbing and the Alpinism and Ski team is once again going to be based in Leysin, Switzerland for the 2019 european summer.
Come and join us for a week of excellent alpine climbing…
The Matterhorn at sunset on the classic “spaghetti tour” Monterosa Chain , Switzerland/Italy.
Mid March had Gary and American client Paul head into Bevan Col and glacier trek across to Collin Todd Hut to spend the night in preparation for a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring. The weather was a little tricky in the morning, but after 1 hr delay for the mist to clear, the climbing day commenced. The full shipowner ridge and full NW ridge was the route( and standard at this time of year). It was an 11 hr day , successfully summited and great satisfaction for this climb of one of NZ’s classic and moderately challenging peaks. Pauls previous climbing experience over the years in the USA was evident and added alot to the enjoyment and success of the climb. Well done Paul. What a great thing to do in your early days of retirement..
The team then flew out and next day did some local rock climbing – Paul rekindling his passion and skills for this, and then followed up the next day with a traverse of the remarkables – a super classic alpine rock traverse, before Gary dropped Paul off in Queenstown.
Great Autumn non busy climbing conditions. A great 5 days of Alpinism
Summit pose on Mt Aspiring, Autumn 2019 NZ Southern Alps
Lunch time on Single Cone, classic NZ alpine rock climbing traverse
Recently we booked an itinerary for long term client/friend Phil and his wife Barb, to visit the stunning St Moritz alpine area of Switzerland.
Are you thinking of a climbing trip or instruction course in July/August 2019. Join us in Switzerland again where you can enjoy great mountains, stable continental weather, great mountain infrastructure and alpine history/culture.
The stunning view from alpine hotel and restaurant Diavolazza, Pontresina/St Moritz region of Switzerland
Finally I have got myself into the 21st century one might say…I have an iphone, and hence alpine pics taken with it on our most recent trip.
Here some pics from Pioneer hut, Head of the Fox Glacier – a week with Tomasz and Lida from Shanghai. A great course up there alpine climbing and learning skills like ice climbing on a perfect icewall up near the 2nd pioneer hut site.
Pioneer hut, a perfect place for and alpine climbing/instruction course in NZ
Fantastic ice formations @ governors col, main divide of the NZ southern alps
Gary and John have finished off a project they started in March. In March they started their preparation for an attempt on Mt Aspiring with some local rock climbing and a traverse of the Remarkables in Queenstown. So on Friday they flew into to Bevan Col with Aspiring helicopters and traveled in “glacier mode” across to Colin Todd Hut ( 1800m). Next morning after a 3.30am wake up they climbed the ‘kangaroo patch’ and buttress route to the summit ( 3033m). Yeehaa. Well done John!
John and Gaz on the summit – alpine climbing at its best in NZ 🙂
Big peak, big country – the big alpine snow and ice peaks of the Southern Alps,
Recently Gaz, Bill, Matt and Mark enjoyed excellent weather and snow conditions on a ski tour based out of Tasman saddle hut.
ski touring thru “canyon lands” Tasman glacier
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
Fresh winter snow – September ski touring in NZ. Photo credit: Sue Notley
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
Recently Gary and Iris have been out cranking some classic big multipitch rock routes.Fabulous sunny weather, and great, inspirational rock.
Classic Swiss granite slab climbing
Inspirational Swiss rock climbing
Iris belaying on 10 pitch ‘le singe’
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.