Alpine climbing course

IFMGA mountain guide Gaz has just arrived back from Mt Cook region where he has spent seven days teaching alpine climbing skills to 6 students with fellow IFMGA mountain guide Dave McKinley.

Learning to belay on snow pitches, Alpine climbing course at the Head of the Tasman Glacier, Mt Cook region.
Glacier Travel , Tasman Glacier , NZ

Belay stance and rope management. Alpine climbing course( ASC) with Alpine guides Mt Cook.

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

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 instruction course

End of March/start of April had Mountain Guide Gary Dickson and Kasia and Tim from Australia head into the mountains  for a 6 day Alpine climbing instruction course .Based out of Plateau hut , covering, knots, hitches, roping up for glacier travel, belays, cramponing and ice climbing, anchors, mountain  weather, avalanche, etc…….

learning to belay on  the 6 day alpine climbing course

learning to belay on the 6 day alpine climbing course

ice climbing - Mt Cook in the background

ice climbing – Mt Cook in the background

Happy belayer

Happy belayer

Alpine ski mountaineering course

In October, Gary headed into the head of the Tasman Glacier, based at Tasman Saddle hut with clients Mark  and Rachel. Learing the skills of ski mountaineering in preparation for a trip May 2017 to Denali.  Cold  snowy weather conditions provided perfect conditions to test gear , back country skiing / ski touring techniques , learn and apply technical mountaineering skills and weather and avalanche knowledge.

Sunset  from Tasman saddle hut

Sunset from Tasman saddle hut

Canyon lands, back basins tasman glacier

Canyon lands, back basins Tasman Glacier