Mountain guide Gary is just back from the Mt Cook region where he instructed a 4 day crevasse rescue course for Alpine Guides.
This was based at Plateau hut, a fantastic venue for this with perfect crevasse terrain right beside the hut and spectacular views of Mt Cook, Silberhorn, Tasman, Lendenfeld, Dixon.
A wee climb on to Glacier Dome gave awesome 360 degree views of glaciers, moraine walls, terminal lakes, firn zones, neves, bergshrunds etc for the participants on the mountaineering skills course.
Prussiking out of a crevasse on the mountaineering course
Participants roping up for glacier travel
Rope rescue systems training
Over the weekend, Mountain Guide Gary Dickson participated in bi annual search and rescue training, this pre summer Wanaka Alpine Cliff Rescue team crevasse rescue training.
Great weather, excellent snowpack and crampon conditions and an awesome team of mountain rescue experts.
February saw IFMGA Mountain Guides Gaz and Jamie deliver for the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association a week of intensive guides training for candidates aspiring to become Climb, Ski and Trekking guides.
Training guides to international standards.
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.
October. 10 days on the wild west coast of New Zealand. Mountain Guide Gary Dickson has just been working with the senior staff of Fox Glacier Guiding with some specialized mountain training. Chancellor Hut beautifully situated above the Fox Icefall was a great location as a base for some of the training. Chancellor dome and the Fox Ice provided great terrain.
Gaz On the Fox Icefall, FGG specialized mountain training
Gaz meandering thru a fantastic ice tunnel currently formed on the Fox Glacier.
Early 2017, IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary Dickson spent two week with an elite group of people furthering their mountaineering decision making skills in the Southern Alps of NZ – known by this group as an ideal place to hone and test their mountaineering skills – skills and proficiency that they then can take to any mountain region/range in the world.
Gaz Dickson – professional mountain consultant to some of the world elite
Again this year , Mountain Guide Gary Dickson travelled to Iceland in June and worked with Icelandic Mountain Guides and this year some other glacier guides from Iceland with their training and certification requirements for the Icelandic glacier guiding industry.
specialized mountain training in iceland
the power of icelandic milk for mountain training
Iceclimbing in iceland
Comming up in June, IFMGA Mountain Guide Gary will be heading for two weeks to Iceland to continue his work with Icelandic Mountain Guides with their glacier and alpine trekking guide program. This is specialized training and assessment that gary enjoys being involved in so a high quality and safe mountain product can be offered and delivered to clients in a special and spectacular setting 66 degrees North.
Iceland – very different part of the planet that!
- Fresh snow in May right down to the lake and river in Wanaka
The Alpinism & Ski office has been moved from New Zealand to the Swiss Alps for the annual European climbing adventures. Mountain guide Gaz is presently in Iceland, delivering more specialized mountaineering instruction to the Icelandic mountain guides.
specialised rock training, MJ leading
Aaron ready to belay us up
Aaron and MJ
Multipitch rock climbing on the granite slabs near Homer Tunnel in the Fiordland, Darren mountains was the start of this summers specialised Police SAR squad training.
Stunning location and excellent rock and even the Keas behaved themselves and did not destroy our packs.
The plan to do a traverse of Mt Macpherson over to Mt Talbot was thwarted by the Fiordland jungle mist, so after a slightly soggy ascent and descent to homer saddle, the continuation of specialised training was on the way back to Wanaka, with a climbing stop off at Kingston. Superb multipitch climbing with excellent lake views before a Queenstown burger.
Next climbing instruction installment will be in March …..what will we get up to then?…..