Independant Climbing & Trekking in the Langtang Valley, Nepal

Wednesday 28 December 2016, 9:37pm -- gemmawilson

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Gemma and Peggy in the lower Langtang valley

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Gemma Wilson

North of Kathmandu, bordering Tibet, is the picturesque and highly diverse Lantang Valley. For any outdoor enthusiast this is the ideal location for moderate-challenging trekking, easy peak climbing or hard high altitude climbing all situated in the abundance of Tibetan culture, huge Himalayan peaks, roaring rivers and small villages where you will always feel welcome.

 

Arthurs Pass Ice

Saturday 24 December 2016, 2:44pm -- Sarwan Chand

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Sarwan Chand Pitch 3 Double Blind Philistine Bluffs

The author enjoying phat conditions on P3 of the first ascent of Double Blind, Philistine Bluffs

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Ben Ellis

The words “Arthurs Pass” and “ice” are two words most climbers never use in the same sentence. The fact of the matter is, ice routes do exist in the Arthurs Pass area. These routes are often not in the form of semi- transparent blue pillars with easy approaches but instead may be mixed with rock, turf and may be difficult to access. Some climbers often slag off climbing around Arthurs Pass, but the benefits gained from a backyard of Arthurs climbing can quickly silence the staunchest climbing folk.

A New Route on the South-West Buttress of Bruce Peak

Thursday 17 November 2016, 2:22pm -- David Chen

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David Chen

Last summer, David Chen and Tony Burnell headed into the South Temple and climbed a 480-metre long new route on the SW buttress of the impressive Bruce Peak, involving rock climbing up to grade 17 on long run-out slabs that had barely dried from a storm.

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Tears of Papatuanuku (East Face of Mt Talbot)

Monday 7 November 2016, 8:01pm -- conorsmith24

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Steve Fortune on the crux overhanging roof crack pitch

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K. Parsons

I’d done several of the classic rock routes up on Moir’s and on the back of Barrier Knob over the past summer months but I’m ashamed to say I’ve done none of the winter routes at all in the Darrans. I was eager to see what it was all about. So with a fairly dry and dismal start to winter, Steven Fortune, Kieran Parsons and myself remained optimistic and headed to Fiordland to catch the last few days of the annual Darrans Winter Meet based out of Homer Hut.

Alpine training in Australia

Friday 21 October 2016, 11:15pm -- alastair.mcdowell

Catch the Wind (21), Blue Mountains

David Dearnly on Catch the Wind (21), Blue Mountains

David Dearnly on Catch the Wind (21), Blue Mountains

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A. McDowell

While there may be a lacking of high mountains or ice and mixed climbing, with some imagination, there is no shortage of opportunities to train the mind and body for alpine climbing in Australia. I will recount three recent training missions in Australia - an 850m climbing link-up in the Grose Valley, alpine rock climbing in the Warrumbungles, and a 90km run traversing three of the highest and most remote peaks in the Blue Mountains.

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NZAT Ice Training Camp

Monday 5 September 2016, 9:56pm -- Sarwan Chand

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David Chen climbing a left variation to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (WI4)

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K. Brown

As part of our training for the up and coming team trip to Canada, the team spent the weekend prior to the Remarkables Ice and Mixed Festival at one of New Zealands premier Ice climbing locations,Wye Creek, to hone skills, work on technique and gain more mileage on steep ice.

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NZAT - New Mentor Requirements

Monday 5 September 2016, 10:34am -- daniel.joll

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The Carrington Rouse Crux

Rose Pearson climbing the curx on the Carrington Rose, during a winter trip to Chamonix

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Daniel Joll

New Zealand Alpine Team New Mentor Requirements

This list should be used as a guide to assess if someone has met the requirements for becoming a mentor of the New Zealand Alpine Team.

Alpine – 10 MC grade 6 (ED) routes or harder. Five of which should be winter ascents.

Rock – Sport climbing: clean redpoints of a grade 25 or harder sport climb. Traditional climbing: onsights of grade 23 or harder on fully traditional protected routes. A minimum of 10 clean ascents of grade 22 traditional protected routes.

Ice – 6 routes WI6 or harder.

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Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival 2016

Wednesday 31 August 2016, 9:07pm -- alastair.mcdowell

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Remarkables Ice and Mixing Climbing Festival

Climber on the West Face of the Telecom Towers

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Gavin Lang Photography

Now in its fifth year running, the Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival is becoming a must-attend event on the NZ climbing calendar! Climbers from all around the country and overseas gather in Queenstown for a long weekend to learn and practice basic mountaineering, ice climbing, mixed climbing and ski touring.

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