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?…..
The mulit-pitch rock climbing excursion mentioned earlier in the Southern Alps was just part of the whole picture. It was followed up by some ice climbing and more training of technical mountaineering skills last week at Fox Glacier, this time with Emma also part of the team:
Ice climbing on Fox Glacier
Not a bad day in the office
Presently, the chief is on a workshop in Mt Cook to keep up and refresh with expertise in his field(s) but a few more shots from the Fox Glacier mission where a couple of days were spent on the ice:
- Fox Glacier New Zealand
- Ice climbing
- Position of tools and crampons on ice
- Safety: part of the fun
- Fun on ice
- getting of the ground and up up up
- Belaying, an important role
- checking foot work
- getting higher
- looking good
- some technical parts
- up or down
Late March and Gary spent three days away with Wanaka Police SAR squad members MJ and Az, doing alpine rock training. Location: Head of the South Temple valley. First objective was a 10 pitch climb on the Weta Prowl Buttress of Mt Steeple. Multi-pitch climbing to max approx grade 13; reasonably sound rock but requiring good route finding and rope work amongst some loose stuff. After success on this, another route on one of the many buttresses was completed. This was excellent route finding and terrain assessment for the lads with no existing topo. An excellent venue for this specialized SAR training and Alpine rock techniques.
on the upper part of the weta prowl
access via the usual SAR method
Up thru the choke pitch
That’ s on the Alpinism & Ski program until May this year: be it for a guided ascent of Mt Aspiring or another dream peak or a combination of alpine climbing instruction and peak bagging while on a week of alpinism adventures. Some specialized mountaineering training for Wanaka Search and Rescue members is again on the agenda too, here some photos from autumn 2012 on Fox Glacier:
SAR team members on a special training mission
Special training on snow and ice
Skills training for mountaineering
Ice screws in good use
“hard work” on snow and ice
from ice and snow onto rock, that’s mixed climbing
nice day in the office
Southern Alps of New Zealand for special training
Who climbs up will have to come down
Wanaka LandSAR team in training
Here are the links (11.12.2012)
Episode one 26th Nov
Episode two 3.Dec
Episode three in Fiordland
If you are interested in what Gary and the Local Wanaka Land search and rescue people do, then tune into NZ TV channel One 8pm on a Monday night for eight episodes of reality TV of “high country rescue” ( the first episode was Monday 26th November and seems to have been well received by those we have talked to and those that have sent messages about it)
learn some tricks while on a specialized training course
How to stay safe in the mountains is part of the skills practiced on an instruction course, be it for winter mountaineering or summer alpine climbing. Avalanches happen during the whole year, so knowing the basics about safety is part of the game. We have two scheduled trips on the program and free spaces available for each: October ski touring/snow boarding, the other an intermediate mountaineering course, Total Alpinism. Search and Rescue training is Continue reading 'Mountaineering instruction courses in New Zealand'»
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.
Some of the Icelandic team approaching the summit of Point De Mourty, Switzerland
Ivar, Chief guide for Icelandic Mountain Guides enjoying some swiss granite
Some of the team take a refreshing dip after 8 days of training.
Latter half of June, and Gary and Chief guide of Icelandic Mountain Guides, Ivar, spent 8 days in Switzerland with 8 of IMG’s senior guides for some assessment of Alpine trekking skills and knowledge and up-skilling/training of guiding on solid alpine rock. Both the Zinal (Moiry Glacier) and Trient Plateau areas were used and provided perfect rock ridges for training missions and snowy passes and glaciers for assessing skills and knowledge.
The Icelandic team head back to Iceland for another busy season guiding on the dynamic guiding terrain of Iceland with hopefully ” a few more tools in their tool box”.
Gary having a few days off rock climbing with Iris on the local Swiss crags before heading away for a week with an ISM client.
Southern Alps of New Zealand, a great play ground for Alpinism
I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank you again for your help, support and instruction on our recent visit. We all appreciated the way in which you were able to tailor the package to meet our requirements and were most impressed with the professional conduct and level of instruction given. Everyone gained a huge amount and this has hopefully sewn the seeds in the guys to take this new capability forward. Please pass on our thanks to Callum and Iris for their instruction and assistance during the package.
We look forward to having the opportunity to work with you again in the near future to help further develop our capability in the mountains.
Best wishes and safe climbing.
mountaineering courses in New Zealand, specialized training
wild & full on, beautiful & awesome
Perched high in wild places for alpine climbing
Mountain guide Gaz, occasionally on different missions and challenges like Search and Rescue
It was an interesting start to the month of May with a weather change after days and weeks of a just gorgeous autumn. Still, between the rain storms, a team of keen mountaineers managed to fly up into the mountains of the main divide, for a 9 day instruction course. Iris with Austrian visitor Birgit had a day out up the Matukituki vallley and Rob Roy glacier cirque. Edible coprosma berries everywhere, beautiful fungi and a few keas high up having fun were part of the outing.
Nature display while on a guided trek: Purple pouch fungi, Thaxterogaster porphyreum, growing in native silver beech litter
At the Alpinism & Ski base, thoughts are slowly turning to the ‘Climbing in Europe’ season, followed by ski touring back here in New Zealand in September and October.