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.
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…..
High on the Tete Blanche, classic Swiss alpinism
Alpinism in Switzerland on the Trient ice plateau
Swiss summit – Petite Fourche
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.
pitch three, granite slab climbing, Central Switzerland