Wanaka is showing off another stunning day after a nice covering of snow on the mountains all around earlier this week. Mountain guide Gaz headed to Fox Glacier on Monday for another instruction course, this one for NZMGA. It was blowing such gail force winds on day one, the team could not fly up but spent the day on the lower glacier, going through all sorts of technical skills for mountain guiding. In the meantime, they are based at the Centennial hut, high up on the Franz Josef glacier.
We recently received some feedback from an instruction course participant, so here it is thrown into our latest : “…great course, Gary was a fantastic instructor and covered all aspects. Felt comfortable to ask questions and seek advice. Will recommend it in future. Thanks”
Now for the most important thing happening this week: one of our sustainability projects for the Alpinism and Ski base here in Wanaka is finished, a long term dream as well, ticked off the bucket list and we are mighty proud of it: as of now, we are putting power back into the grid with our brand new solar system. So, life is good and we’ll continue to plan more projects and dream a little.
Mountaineering courses in New Zealand are based out of great huts like the NZAC owned centenial hut – located at the head of the Franz Josef Glacier
At the head of the Franz Josef glacier is Centenial Hut. The recent NZ high alpine skills course run by Gary for the NZ Alpine Club, based themselves here for a few days of good weather covering crevasse rescue, pitching on snow and ice, navigation and weather forcasting.
Mic, Monty and Pat high up on the Fox Glacier, New Zealand
A few months ago, we heard from Mic who had climbed Mt Cook as well as Mt Tasman with Gaz some years ago. He was keen to introduce his son Pat to Alpinism adventures and last month, together with his longtime mountaineering buddy Monty, the threesome arrived for a seven day mountaineering instruction course. At the base, this was the opportunity to finalize the latest Adventure Tourism auditing request and then our team hit the road to Fox Glacier; photos on the last blog but here now the feedback:
from Monty, after his fourth trip:
” Thank you very much again for a wonderful and friendly experience. I always come away from climbing trips with ‘Gaz’ with more confidence and desire for more mountain excursions. I know Mick and I will be planning our next trip as soon as we get back home. Gaz, your patient tutorial towards Pat in getting him to understand the complexity of climbing and how he can still enjoy it was most beneficial & assuring. A great mentor.
Iris, your hospitality as always was warm and generous. Till next time, Monty”
Thanks Monty, we look forward to it!
Wanaka is just stunning as we near Christmas – find our greetings and latest news here at the bottom of the page. Mountaineering conditions are fantastic at the moment and guided trekking excursions are on the menu as well. Iris will soon be heading to Mt Cook National Park for an overnight trip to Mueller hut and is looking forward to revisit this magic spot with guests from Finland. The Total Alpinism course from 6-12 Jan. has still two spots available for keen and fit climbers. The holiday studio at the Alpinism & Ski base is busy for the coming week but available from January onwards for visitors to our awesome paradise.
The chief guide Gaz has again been on TV with episode four of the Search and Rescue series check it out here
Ever been interested in an alpine climbing instruction course in New Zealand? learn, refresh and upgrade your skills with this:
- Total Alpinism technical mountaineering instruction
- Dates : 6th – 12th January 2013
- price NZ $ 2830 per person
- There are 3 spots left on this course, max. 4 participants
This will be our one and only scheduled course summer season 2012-13 for individuals keen to share cost and adventure. Get in touch now for more information.
Top instructor Gary Dickson in person will run this course, be prepared to get challenged in the Southern Alps. Good fitness level and some previous climbing experience is expected as this is more for intermediate mountaineers then total beginners.
It is never too late to learn the tricks for safe Alpinism practices – and it’s never to early to get organized for a mountaineering course. Therefore, we have fixed the dates for:
the first 2013 scheduled Total Alpinism 7 day instruction course
from Sunday 6th – Saturday 12th January 2013
learn/improve your technical mountaineering skills, gain the necessary knowledge for safe rock and ice climbing. Simply book by email and/or get in touch with any questions.
- ice climbing, alpine rock climbing
- anchor selection, placement and set up
- intermediate-advanced crampon technique
- equipment selection
- route planning and mountain weather
- glacier travel
- crevasse rescue – mechanical advantage systems
- rock rescue
- rope handling, abseiling, belaying, knots
- climbing roped up – moving together on runners/ridge travel
- avalanche awareness
As a private mountaineering instruction course is starting, the countdown for the
Intro to Alpinism 20-25th Feb. $ 2426 pp
booking deadline is approaching. This is the last week to reserve a spot in this summer’s scheduled beginners alpine climbing course. Learn with a qualified mountain guide how to have a lot of fun safely in the mountains:
Technical Mountaineering Skills for all your Alpinism Adventures
send an email for further details, the sooner the better and the latest by 3rd of Feb.
Sign on before the 3rd and your ‘home stay night in the climber’s bunk room’ at the Alpinism & Ski base is free of charge for the night before the course