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Private mountaineering instruction and alpine climbing

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By , November 11, 2012 8:42 pm
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Climbing up to Single Cone

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A day out on the Remarkables

getting off the mountain

Still plenty of snow around


Just a few days ago: an excellent one day experience to test alpine climbing skills and fitness is the ascent of Single Cone on the Remarkables near Queenstown. Next for John will be an attempt at Mt Aspiring. More soon…


Mountaineering instruction courses in New Zealand

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By , February 14, 2012 12:16 pm

The scheduled courses are closed for the rest of the NZ summer but private trips are available to realise your dream adventure in the Southern Alps. Be it a guided ascent of a special peak or an alpine climbing instruction course for beginners or intermediate-advanced mountaineers. If you are keen, get in touch for us to help you organise it.

The Epic mountain biking race second half of April will be chief Gary’s last mission before European summer activities will take over his schedule. Until then though, there is some more fun in the mountains: next week, a 5 day trip with Australian lady Michelle who is coming back for more alpine beauty and experience, ice axe, crampons and helmet etc are ready.

New Zealand mountaineering

The Southern Alps of New Zealand offer beautiful terrain for alpinism adventures

Intermediate-advanced climbing course

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By , January 16, 2012 2:54 pm
climbing course - learning to place ice screws

learning to place ice screws on a climbing course

End of the month, two fit fellas will be arriving from Aussie to go on an intermediate-advanced climbing course with mountain guide Gaz.  The NZ weather looks to have settled into a more settled state of play and alpine conditions look excellent for the 10 day specialized mountain training.

If you are  looking for a climbing course we have  two sceduled courses comming up:

  • Intro to alpinism    -    6 days  20th-25th February
  • Total Alpinism         –   7  days  04th-10th March

If you are an individual or a group looking to have a week of private mountaineering instruction, just get in touch and we can see if we can fit around your schedule.


ISM – Alpinism instruction, mountaineering course

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By , January 11, 2012 12:21 pm
Mountaineering in Europe

Michael and James, a week with ISM, here on Tête Blanche

August last year, Thanks for the feed back and photos Michael:

“Dear Gary,

On behalf of James and myself, thank you very much for an excellent week at the Orny and Dix huts.  It was an ideal mix of instruction, rockclimbing, snow and ice experience, and mountaineering on mixed terrain.  Mt Blanc de Cheilon was a great way to end the week – a beautiful mountain and a superb, satisfying climb.  Thank you especially for your patience and for not only ensuring our safety but taking the time at every stage to explain clearly what we were doing and why.  We also greatly appreciated your steady pacing, which provided several first-hand examples of the hare and tortoise principle in practice; I can’t speak for James, but do not underestimate the achievement of getting me to the top of Mt Blanc de Cheilon in (just) under guide-book time, still breathing comfortably and with an acceptable pulse-rate.

Many thanks again.”  Michael Firth

Mountain guiding in Europe

James enjoying the views from the summit of Mont Blanc de Cheillon, Matterhorn in the background( above his helmet) - well done team!

Private Instruction course in the Southern Alps of NZ

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By , January 5, 2012 10:03 am
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Winter mountaineering skills in the Southern Alps; training for a Patagonia adventure

September 2011

“We’ve had a great trip as part of our training for our Patagonia trip. We loved being taken up to the Tasman Glacier and improving our off piste skiing skills and we appreciated the expertise Gary showed in extending our skills slowly but surely. We came away refreshed and more informed and skilled for future ventures. Great food, great fun, great location, great weather.

The hospitality back in Wanaka is exceptional – thanks for feeding us beautiful food and making us so welcome.”

Linda, Kerryn, Rob  – here a link to their Patagonia adventure and more


Mountaineering instruction courses in New Zealand

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By , December 29, 2011 10:42 am
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Snow and ice techniques on a mountaineering course

crevasse rescue on an instruction course

crevasse rescue on an instruction course

pitching up a ridge, alpine course

pitching up a ridge on an alpine instruction course


The New Year is approaching fast and the last few weeks have brought us excellent weather for adventures in the Southern Alps.

We have two mountaineering courses on the program, one for beginners and the other for intermediate to advanced mountaineers keen to brush up, renew and confirm their alpine climbing skills to stay safe in the mountains while having fun, here the details:

  • Intro to Alpinism, 6 days from 20 – 25th February 2012, $ 2426 pp
  • Total Alpinism, 7 days from 4 – 10th March 2012, $ 2830 pp

One of those mountaineering instruction courses could be just right for you, so don’t hesitate and get in touch for more details.

For now:


Wanaka, perfect to start a guided walk or mountaineering adventures

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By , December 20, 2011 1:50 pm

The last month of the year and our Sustainability Statement is now available. Also our latest newsletter is out, check it here and you can sign up for the next one by sending us an email.  We promise not to spam you as time outside is too precious! Here some photos from a recent walking adventure, up to Breast Hill above Lake Hawea, a great one day walk unless you go from hut to hut…

from Breast Hill, Lake Hawea

high above Lake Hawea

On a hike up to Breast Hill

having fun going for a good walk

Pakituhi hut

On the way to Breast Hill: Cameron hut

Alpinism in New Zealand during May

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By , May 19, 2011 12:01 pm

Snow has been falling in the Southern Alps and mountain guides Gaz and Callum had a total of 6 days giving mountaineering instruction to eight keen blokes, based at Tasman Saddle hut in Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. Climbing and trekking in Europe are coming closer, if you plan an adventure during July or August in the Swiss, French and/or Italian Alps and would like IFMGA mountain guide Gary Dickson in person, just get in touch. Also, if you are thinking of a Ski Touring trip in Sept/Oct. we can help to make it happen

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Mountaineering instruction courses in the Southern Alps

Alpine climbing instruction course in New Zealand

Tasman Saddle hut, your base for a mountaineering

Mountaineering tricks and survival techniques

Mountaineering tricks and survival techniques on an Alpinism course

Mountaineering instruction, alpine climbing training courses

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By , May 18, 2010 7:40 pm

Private mountaineering instruction course May 2010

The Southern Alps of New Zealand, Tasman glacier and Main Divide in Mt Cook National Park

Mid month of May and the Private Instruction team members from Australia, with mountain guides Dave Alderson (thanks for the photos), Callum Grant and Gary Dickson finished their training missions with some rock climbing in the Wanaka area.

Private Mountaineering / Alpine Climbing Instruction Course

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By , May 16, 2010 3:05 pm

During the month of May, a very keen team of Australians spent 9 days training and practicing mountaineering and alpine climbing on rock and ice. They based themselves at Kelman hut in Mt Cook national park, learning and improving  their knowledge about glacier travel, crevasse rescue, establishing belay stations, knots and rope work, using crampons and ice axe and in general the tricks of being and staying safe  in the mountains. One participant had the unfortunate experience of a collapsed lung after only a couple of days and had to be evacuated. His medical condition luckily stayed stable enough while a storm kept them hut bound and he’s now in good hands and well looked after.

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