climbing with a mountain guideClimbing classic West coast peaks

The Western side of the Southern Alps of New Zealand offer many beautiful climbs of classic peaks, many below the 3000m level, presenting very achievable objectives for the mountaineer


Gary's knowledge of this iconic mountain region over the last 35 years will provide you with an experience of achievement during an inspiring week of mountaineering in this magical and rewarding part of the NZ mountains. This is truly Gary's preferred backyard, but like many really rewarding places to visit, requires knowledge and skill to access and egress - you can tap into this.

Easy classic summits include the likes of Moonlight 2700m; Meteor 2624m, Aurora 2663m all from the comfortable base of Centennial hut in the Franz Josef neve.

The peaks along the spine of the Fritz range like Triad 2649m, Halcombe 2659m and Von Bulow 2600m are also accessible from either Centennial hut or Pioneer hut and Grey peak is another option from Pioneer hut.

More demanding classic peaks for the experienced alpinist on the Western side are the Minarets, Haidinger, Lendenfeld, Glacier Peak.

The vastness of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers is mind boggling and beautiful.

Helicopter access and egress is well established for this region and helps make logistics possible and comfortable so you can access and experience this awesome world.

Join Gary to witness and enjoy spectacular sunsets and views down to the West coast surf, from the middle of immense glaciation.

If you like wilderness and have an adventure spirit, then the wild West coast alpinism experience is for you.

Trips are 6 - 7 days long and the price is based on our Private Instruction package

West Coast Peaks

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All instruction courses and guided mountaineering trips in NZ with Gary Dickson

International qualification for mountain guidesIFMGA/NZMGA mountain guide, are now in collaboration with

Alpine Guides (Aoraki) Ltd.

Bookings will go through their office and will be subject to their booking conditions. Trips with Gary will be run as per AGL's concession and safety management system requirements.

Pre-trip information and discussions are available from us anytime.

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Alpinism & Ski Ltd, Wanaka, New Zealand :: Ph 027 229 5534 :: e-mail: info@alpinismski.co.nz