Ski touring in NewZealand

Winter in NZ has arrived down under. Enjoy the slopes and get into the groove and shape for an awesome ski tour in late Winter/Spring( the most superb time for alpine ski touring on the NZ Glaciers).

The Alpinism & Ski team will be back from the Dolomites Mid September, back at the Wanaka Base ready for a great Kiwi ski touring season.

Enjoy the snow….Ā  šŸ™‚

Fresh winter snow – September ski touring in NZ

Pontresina Switzerland

Mid July and Phil, Barb , Gaz and Iris have had a fantastic trip to Pontresina ( just up the road from St Moritz), the Engadine region of Switzerland.

On top of a spectacular alpine vista, 20cm of fresh snow was had overnight as the team stayed overnight in the awesome Diaviolazza alpine ‘hotel’.

We then relocated to the beautiful Roseg Gletsher hotel and did a day of alpine trekking up to the Techierva rIfugio.

The final night of the trip was had in the superbly crafted alpine chalet of the Talli Hutte.

Brilliant alpine cuisine, spectacular alpine flowers, marmots, and great company.

Superb alpine views in the Pontresina region of Switzerland

The Awesome Bianco Grat on the 4000m Piz Bernina as seen from the Tschierva Refugio

Phil enjoying the awesome scenery, trekking Switzerland

Switzerland 2019

Recently we booked an itinerary for long term client/friend Phil and his wife Barb, to visit the stunningĀ  St Moritz alpine area of Switzerland.

Are you thinking of a climbing trip or instruction course in July/August 2019. Join us in Switzerland againĀ  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

Classic Swiss mountaineering

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

Yes, this is a fantastic classic SwissĀ  alpine mountaineering trip with a superb Cabane ( Cabane des Dix) as the launch point.Ā  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

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

Private mountain guiding Switzerland

All the way from Hokitika to Switzerland. Jono and Clara have been enjoying a big trip to see the sights of Switzerland and booked a trip with me to experience the big mountains of Switzerland.

A quite tricky week of weather was the challenge , however we managed ascents of the 4000m Weissmeis and theĀ  4000m Allanlinhorn plus a day on inspirational rock near Leysin.

private mountain guiding in Switzerland

Descending the Allanlinhorn – private mountain guiding in Switzerland

inspiriational rock climbing switzerland

Rock climbing that is inspirational, Switzerland

Switzerland summit – Allalinhorn 4000m , private mountain guiding

Rock climbing in Switzerland

Arriving is Switzerland for the 2017 season it was nice and hot. So what better thing to do than to go rock climbing in the Italian part of Switzerland – Ticino.

Ponte Brolla is a great little spot with granite slabs, 30 degree temps and a great campground with alpine river to cool off in the afternoons.

Swiss rock climbing

Rock climbing in Switzerland

climbing granite in Switzerland

Climbing granite in Switzerland

Maggia Valley Italian Switzerland

Maggia Valley Italian Switzerland

Back alpine climbing

Late Feb/early March Gaz and long time client, friend and business mentor headed for a few days to the head of the Tasman Glacier, and from Kelman hut, got Phils alpine climbing program re started.Ā  The summit of Mt Alymer was acheived and a visit to Tasman Saddle hut (which was being renovated by the DOC mt Cook crew) – many a night has previously been had by Phil, gaz and friends, particularly on ski touring adventures based at that hut šŸ™‚

A steady trip down the upper neve to a helicopter pick up at malte brun heli pickup siteĀ  was the finale to a great trip

Well done Phil for all the effort put in to enable this to happen.

Phil(right) and mates previously on a ski tour in the Murchesion glacier area.

Phil and mates previously on a ski tour in the Murchesion glacier area.