The peak season of mountaineering adventures in the Southern Alps has started with this last month of the year. Guided climbing adventures with us begin most often right here in Wanaka, including ascents of Mt Aspiring, Mt Tasman and of course the highest, Mt Cook – Aoraki.
Also mountaineering courses and Gary has just spent a 7 day trip with three Australians, based at Pioneer hut for the best weather days, learning, refreshing and improving alpine climbing skills, enjoying the alpine ambiance and taking in the wilderness aspect of the Southern Alps:
- Being dropped off in the Southern Alps
Learn the skills of alpine climbing from a professional IFMGA mountain guide
- Getting ready for the Wilderness
hire a mountain guide to learn the skills for alpine climbing in the Southern Alps of New Zealand
- truly glaciated terrain with plenty of crevasses
traveling over glaciers requires certain skills
- Crevasse rescue is part of the skills practiced on an instruction course
practicing crevasse rescue in New Zealand
- Ascending Mt Von Bulow, 2600 m
Summiting a peak during a mountaineering course
- Climbing Grey Peak, 2882 m
With a mountain guide, you can climb peaks during an instruction course
- Climbing up the Ridge, Grey Peak
- Ascent of Grey Peak on a mountaineering course
- Monty on the lead
Alpine climbing instruction course in NZ
- Fox glacier and Mt Tasman
Enjoying the moment on the Fox glacier with Mt Tasman in the back ground
Mic and Monty have both been on Alpinism adventures here with us before and it was a pleasure to introduce Mic’s son Pat to the fun and excitement of alpine climbing.
Gary Dickson, Mountain Guide IFMGA/NZMGA
Spring seems to race along in full speed and plenty of typical storms with lots of wind are blowing through, not so typical are all the thunder and lightning we had during the last few weeks though.
The chief mountain guide of Alpinism & Ski Wanaka, being president of the NZ mountain guides association, has just returned from Peru where an international meeting for the industry took place. Gary is now getting ready again for alpinism adventures in the Southern Alps. His schedule for the coming summer season is getting busy but there are a few slots available should you want him in person for your special ascent, a particular training course or ‘just’ an amazing week in the mountains.
Meanwhile in Wanaka, the native and not so native flora is displaying new beauty almost every day and guided walks are continuing to be part of our alpinism adventures.
lake Wanaka from the summit of Rocky Crop, Diamond lake loop track
As the ski season is coming to an end, the trekking boots will replace the ski boots, though there might be a ski touring adventure still to be enjoyed. Spring is the time of newly appearing buds and flowers, cute little lambs and beautiful young cattle frolicking about. The Matukituki valley is the perfect place to observe them while driving up to the end of the road for a visit to Rob Roy glacier cirque, or about half way along for the stunning Diamond lake loop track. Great trips for bird watching, sightseeing and hiking. Inspired yet?
Native bird of NZ, the charming little Tomtit
bird watching and sightseeing: part of guided trekking
Mountain parrot of the South Island of NZ
Climbing in Europe is behind us for another year and one of the last weeks there, mountain guide Gaz was out with friend and colleague Steve Jones on the Matterhorn, part of a team on a filmed documentary climb. Here, pictures of a helicopter near the famous peak and hut and Jamie training for his special summit, with camera man Keith, the Trient glacier providing the perfect background, (photos are by Brian Hall, prof. IFMGA mountain guide).
Jamie filmed by Keith with the Trient glacier in the back ground
action flying near the famous peak
Helicopter action near the Matterhorn
Ski touring conditions are good after the recent wild storms on the South Island and plenty of snow fall in the back country of the Southern Alps. Excellent for the New Zealand ski touring missions during the next couple of months. Barely over jet lag, but we had to take the opportunity with blue skies and a fresh covering of white gold to put on ski touring gear for a bit of back country fun. The last week has been fabulous and there was more action on the ski field for Iris while Gary is teaching rope rescue techniques. Get in touch for a ski touring adventure just for you and your team.
Wanaka base of Alpinism & Ski
Back in Wanaka, fresh snow has arrived with our return and all around it is as beautiful as ever. The first ski day for Iris has come and gone and chief mountain guide Gaz is preparing for a week of rope rescue course with the experts of the industry. As the present storm goes through, we are catching up with the latest Climber, Forest & Bird and Fish & Game mags. In Wanaka, the Wanakafest addicts are already busy preparing for the event late October, (24-27th) should you have spare time and/or cash to help, get in touch through www.wanakafest.co.nz
Ski touring is on our immediate alpinism activity menu and so are the soft recreational trekking excursions. Just ask if you are interested.
Glorious moments while ski touring
Mid way through August and just a couple of weeks left for climbing in Europe before the Alpinism & Ski team is heading back to New Zealand for ski touring adventures in the Southern Alps. We have heard that not too much of the white gold has been accumulating over the last few weeks but don’t despair. It is very common – at least during the last few years – that snow is arriving with our return. Keep up the fitness sessions to get out and play in the glorious Wilderness of New Zealand’s South Island. We do have mountain guides available for end of September as well as all Continue reading 'Ski Touring in New Zealand’s Southern Alps'»
On a rock climbing excursion near Leysin
Only a couple of days left this month and the Swiss National day on first of August will bring fireworks aplenty. There are many keen hikers and mountaineers very dedicated to create a bonfire on just about all the mountain tops. Heavy loads of wood have to be carried up hill along with yummy picnics and appropriate beverages to celebrate the occasion. While party mode is happening for many, climbing and mountaineering fun continues for others and mountain guide Gaz has started this week with Jim on a multi pitch route in Valais. High alpine climbing is on the program for the rest of the week, starting today at the cabane des Dix in the Swiss Alps. Continue reading 'More climbing and climbing instruction in Switzerland, Europe'»
Climbing in Europe, many colorful views
The month of July in the Swiss Alps has been absolutely fabulous with lots of sunshine but with the appropriate amount of rain, often during the night, for mother nature. Gary is presently on the third climbing course in Switzerland. Coming week he’ll be on an alpinism trip with Jim from Australia. Jim’s flexibility is a great bonus in terms of choosing the best possible locations with regard to weather forecasts.
We have had some excellent rock climbing adventures during the middle of the month, first at the Wandfluh/ Gastlosen then moving on to the Grimsel. Continue reading 'Climbing in Europe, climbing course in Switzerland'»
Winter views from the Alpinism & Ski base in Wanaka
A month has flown by and the change from ski touring in New Zealand into the Northern summer season and mountain guiding in the Swiss Alps has gone smoothly. The long winter here has left many places with lots of snow which is excellent for mountaineering addicts, especially on glaciated terrain. Because of the everlasting snow falls during Spring, the awesome and colorful flora is still displaying many more beauties than usual during this time of the year. Gary was with James at the Dix hut last week to climb Mont Blanc de Cheillon. Continue reading 'Alpinism adventures, from ski touring to rock climbing'»
Ski touring from Murcheson hut, see the rock avalanche on the left
As we are packing up for a couple of months of summer mountaineering in Europe, ski touring and back country snow boarding adventurers in the Southern Alps are getting ready for the 2013 season and most likely some hardy souls are at it already.
Ourselves will be ready for it, Ski Touring in New Zealand that is, from 10th September onwards. However, if you want our help before then for putting together your dream trip in the Southern Alps, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Fixing dates is always a good start.
More photos of this particular ski touring adventure :
Ski touring : upon arrival, some snow shoveling to get into the hut
ski touring in the Southern Alps
Fantastic views over the Southern Alps on NZ while on a ski tour lunch break
Team players: Geoff, John, Phil and Bill & mountain guide Gary Dickson
Sking back down to Murcheson hut
escaping the avalanche, no, but lucky they did not have to