Recently, in Mid January, Gary headed to Fox Glacier with two of Alpine Guides Aoraki Hard Ice guides, Sam and Eddie to do Hard Ice Guiding skills training and enhancement. Beautiful west coast weather was had and lots of great skills learn’t , practiced and enhanced.
Matt arrived from Aussie for what was planned as an Aspiring climb. The weather and conditions dictated that that was not a good plan, so Matt and Gary went North and flew into Tasman Saddle Hut and spent 5 days in that area. They took snow shoes which was great for dealing with the soft snow conditions.
A very uncommon sight was the red dust from interior Australia on the snow. Amazing how it can travel the 3000km over the Tasman Ocean to the southern alps….
The red Aussie dust on the Tasman Glacier
Matt on snow shoes – Aoraki Mt Cook in the back ground. Tasman Saddle area.
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,
Late March, Mountain guide Gaz did a trip into the Aspiring region with a client from Alpine Guides. Glacier conditions where pretty reasonable – a result of the many storms during the summer putting down little bits of snow which has kept the glaciers in reasonable nick making for good mountain guiding conditions.
January 2016, Ascents trip to the West coast, based at Centenial Hut. Great weather and we had the whole of the 8000ha of the Franz neve to ourselves! and the end of the week , a fantastic traverse of the Remarkables, above Queenstown….
Anthony on the summit of Single Cone, the third peak on the Remarkables traverse
Ant climbing on Mt Aurora, Franz Josef glacier, West coast NZ
2014 ended with Gary taking Simon from the UK on for a guided climb of Mt Cook. Simon and his wife Jacki had planned eight days based at the Alpinism & Ski studio with the plan for Gary and him to ultimately go for the ascent our New Zealand’s highest peak.
A training ‘exercise’ was a day out on the Remarkables for the classic and beautiful alpine traverse of Single and Double Cones. Stunning views, great rock formation, excellent climbing and just simply an awesome day out.
The team had some ‘weather issues’, and we all enjoyed a wine tour in the area too. But they finally were able to fly to Plateau hut and stood on the summit of Aoraki -Mt Cook (on his shoulder only of course:-) just a day before Christmas. Meanwhile at the base in Wanaka, preparations were going on for a xmas roast and welcome back for the blokes as well as some packing up and we saw our wonderful visitors off on further travels towards the Westcoast.
Mountain guide Gaz’ report on returning was that this had been the most complicated route finding through the Linda glacier he’d ever done. Our Private Mountain Guiding in New Zealand trips in the future will not likely include Mt Cook-Aoraki any more, as it is increasingly hard to climb and guides willing to do it not many around! Some more photos of this last Cook climb:
Climbing above Queenstown, lake Wakatipu Remarkables Travers, Queenstown, NZ
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Tasman glacier, the longest in NZ Guided climbing in NZ
Simon on the highest mountain in NZ Mountain guide Gaz' photo of mountaineer Simon on top of Mt Cook
While the men were on the climbing trip, we enjoyed the local views Alpinism adventures
Mountaineer Matt from Australia came back for a Pure Alpinism week in the Southern Alps and we were very happy to have IFMGA mountain guide Nico available as chief Gaz was booked already. Matt and Nico flew from Mt Cook village to Murchison hut, their base for the first few days of guided mountaineering in NZ.
In the air and on the way to guided alpinism adventures
The adventures started with very nice weather but the next front was on them mid week and bunk bashing aka being hut bound happened, providing time to rest and read. The team relocated from Murchison hut to Tasman Saddle hut towards the end of the week and sun and blue skies were back again to finish off in style. Thanks Matt for the use of your photos and your feedback in the guestbook too!
Perched high up: Tasman Saddle hut Tasman Saddle hut Southern Alps NZ
Murchison hut in Mt Cook National Park, Murcheson Glacier, 1900m alt Murchison hut Mount Cook National Park
Mountaineer Matt on a guided alpinism adventure Mountaineer Matt Molyneux
Glorious views in the Southern Alps Alpinism adventures in the Southern Alps of NZ
Guided mountaineering and glacier travel in NZ NZ Glacier travelling with a mountain guide
mountain guide Nico contemplating Mountain Guiding in NZ
Murchison hut, Mt Cook National Park NZ mountain hut for guided alpinism
Not always blue skies in the Alps Alpine hut in NZ for guided mountaineering
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Guided mountaineering in the Southern Alps Guided Alpinism in NZ
at the Darwin Corner waiting for the aircraft pickup Tasman Glacier, guided mountaineering in NZ
Mountaineer Matt on a Pure Alpinism adventure Mountaineer Matt on Tasman glacier with Mt Cook in the background
The summer mountain guiding season in the Southern Alps of New Zealand is rapidly coming closer. Mid November sees our first Mt Cook-Aoraki ascents trip for chief guide Gaz. Instruction courses will again be part of his schedule and next month starts with a guides training week.
Closer to home, from our base or yours while in Wanaka, guided trekking excursions are again available with Iris and the native and exotic flora has started its display of budding and flowering with daily new magic popping out:
Fragrant broom, seen in flower in Wanaka during September!
No better place than Wanaka to start an Alpinism adventure in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The small town on the edge of lake Wanaka is only a short drive from Mt Aspiring National Park, a fabulous playground. It is very well situated to go either East to Mt Cook or West to Fox Glacier depending on weather conditions.
Chief guide Gaz is off this afternoon for a few days of mountain guiding in the Southern Alps of NZ with a Swiss couple. The weather forecast looks great and details of this alpinism adventure will follow.