Switzerland 2019

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

Pioneer alpine climbing/instruction course

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

Alpine climbing – Mt Aspiring NZ

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,

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

swiss alpinism

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