The Golden Shower

Sunday 13 December 2015, 3:02am -- daniel.joll

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A piss bottle admiring the view of Bugaboo Spire.

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Daniel Joll

I feel warmth as it leaves my body. Cold plastic, warmed by a steady stream of 40 degree fluid. On a cold night there is mild relief for my frozen fingers as they firmly wrap around a 1.5L Nelgine come piss bottle. Brett Gilmore a friend from Hawkes Bay first introduced me to the guilty pleasures of the piss bottle in a tent on Mt Ruapehu. At the time I was less than convinced, especially as he was trying to negotiate the confines of a narrow coke bottle mouth, which for anyone who has tried knows, extra care and attention is required.

East Ridge Aoraki/Mt Cook

Sunday 15 November 2015, 7:06pm -- Pete Harris

Level arête East Ridge Aoraki

Level arête East Ridge Aoraki

The authour on the level arête of the East Ridge Aoraki

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Richard Measures

For a climb which the guidebook describes as “A classic ice climb, perhaps the finest in New Zealand…” there’s remarkably little information about the East Ridge of Aoraki/Mt Cook. While there can be something alluring about a little enigma surrounding a climb, there’s also something to be said for some beta on such a route, which hopefully encourages more people to get out there and climb such a stunning line.

NZ Alpine Team members 2016-2019 announced

Thursday 12 November 2015, 11:41am -- jazmorris

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The team near Ben Lomond after the hill-run and pack-carry

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Jaz Morris

We're stoked to be able to announce the newest members of the New Zealand Alpine Team!

Recently, we requested applications for the NZAT mentoring program from climbers aged 18-25. A number of candidates stood out and 9 were selected for trials held in Queenstown (and Australia). From those, 6 were selected for the team.

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NZ Alpine Team 2016-2019 Trials

Monday 19 October 2015, 1:44pm -- jazmorris

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Gemma Wilson dry-tooling at the Den of Iniquity

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Jaz Morris

On the 17th - 18th of October we held the trials for the 2016-2019 intake for the New Zealand Alpine Team. Nine candidates are competing for three-year mentored positions in the NZAT, and eight of them came from all over New Zealand to meet in Queenstown for a weekend of cardio, climbing and mental assessments. It was the first time we've held trials, having selected the 2013-2016 team based on mountaineering CV and interview alone. We think that the trials were a great way to objectively analyse the applicants, all of whom are climbing at a high level already - and we reckon in a few years the standard for the trials will be even higher!

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Tramadol Dreams

Monday 12 October 2015, 1:19pm -- steven.fortune

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Ben on Tramadol Dreams, Upper Cirque Creek.

15 months ago I was recovering from surgery repairing my shattered ankle. Painkillers caused insomnia and vivid dreams featuring movie like action sequences with a touch of mythology and other absurdity. I would wake, sweaty, shaken, thinking 'that was a bit weird'.

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Queenstown Dry Tooling Crags - Pink Palace and Den of Iniquity Topos

Sunday 9 August 2015, 5:22pm -- daniel.joll

Currently there are two established dry tooling crags in Queenstown. Both of these are located at the Kelvin Heights end of the Kelvin Heights - Jacks Point Trail. When walking from Kelvin Heights the first crag you come across is the Den of Iniquity.  It is on the right hand side of the trail as you walk towards Jacks Point overlooking the lake. The top of this crag can be seen when your standing at the second of the green bench seats. As seen below.  It takes arounds ten minutes to reach the Den.  Look for the climbers trail on the right hand side of the crag.

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Zodiac El Capitan. Route Beta and Gear Selection for a hammerless ascent.

Tuesday 30 June 2015, 8:33am -- daniel.joll

Zodiac on El Capitan is a great route to introduce you to the mid grade clean aid climbing. At C3 the route is hard enough to be interesting but not so hard that you should have any major epics. In saying that there are approx 6-7 pitches graded C3 and many of the other pitches are C2 or C2+ so the route is fairly sustained for its grade.

North America Mentoring Trip: Yosemite, Squamish and the Bugaboos

Wednesday 10 June 2015, 10:22am -- daniel.joll

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Looking down the famous Stove Legs crack from the top of pitch 8 on the Nose. Gab Mazure and Conor Smith following this classic pitch.

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Daniel Joll

An intermittently updated blog recounting Dan, Pete & friends' North America climbing mentoring trip to Yosemite, Squamish, and the Bugaboos

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