Monthly Archives: July 2010

Take off

Ater the big step down onto the snow to form the huddle the helicopter takes off! Some people keep their heads down, others stick their tongues out either way its hard to deny that the blast from the departing helicopter is a great feeling!  The season is underway and we are all enjoying being out there!

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Local boy becomes Mountain guide

Tawny Wagstaff grew up on Mt Hutt! Always keen on the mountains Tawny quickly latched  onto the ski industry training as a ski patroller through the Polytechnic scheme and then becoming a certified ski instructor. Further development of his skills led to a new direction becoming a certified guide. Ski guiding has now taken Tawny initially to heliskiing in the Southern Lakes region and now back to working in his home town as a guide for Methven Heliski! Tawny spends the Northern winters guiding in Hokkaido Japan. When not ski guiding Tawny freelances as a stone mason and his skills in working with Otago Schist are in high demand! The picture below is of Tawny at guides training, all he needs now is a group to guide!!

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Trained

Over the past couple of days 15 guides have been staying at our helipad accommodation at Glenfalloch station for the annual pre season training. We spent one day in the mountains digging snow profiles in various locations to assess the snow stability. We also had a full scale rescue practise and managed to get in some good turns in the 20cm of recent storm snow. The 2nd day was spent looking at rescue topics including crevasse rescue and advanced lst aid along with an annual review of our safety procedures. It was a great couple of days and I am very pleased with the high level of staff we have working in our operations. It was good to have a mix of international guides along with our long standing kiwi guides! We now have freshly trained guides a great snowpack and good snow conditions! All we need is you!

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