The Man Who Lives In The Mountains, Welcome Home - Poems by Tui Kraal

Thursday 18 September 2014, 9:27am -- daniel.joll

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Soaking up the Alaskan scenery high up on the West Rib of Denali

Creator: 
Matthew Scholes

The man who lives in the mountains is free.

He must be, if he is to go beyond the reaches of the forest, and find his path to the summit.

The man who lives in the mountains is determined.

He pushes through with gritted teeth and an icy beard, because he knows what richness will reward him at the top.

The man who lives in the mountains is patient.

He has to retrace his steps a thousand times over, taking two forward and one back.

The man who lives in the mountains is honest.

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South Face Aspiring - New Route - Shooting Star

Monday 8 September 2014, 11:07am -- daniel.joll

As we walked towards the South Face of Aspiring early on Saturday morning I watched several shooting stars dash across the night sky.  Two weeks before our friends Ari & Frazer had climbed the South Face of Aspiring.  On the descent Ari slipped, falling to his death near the base of the North West Ridge.  At Ari's service in Golden Bay the Pastor described his short life like a shooting star, burning brightly, touching many but only lasting a short time.  This analogy stuck with me over the last two weeks and as I approached the South Face I watched the shooting stars remembering all th

NZAT Member Killed on Mt Aspiring

Monday 25 August 2014, 7:11pm -- jazmorris

Unfortunately it is with great sadness that we announce that the climber reported killed on Mt Aspiring yesterday was NZ Alpine Team member Ari Kingan, age 21 of Golden Bay. Ari was our good mate, and our thoughts are with his friends and family; our sincere condolences to his family Lea, Ross and Dan.

New Route on the South-East Face of Ferintosh Peak

Sunday 27 July 2014, 3:07pm -- bendare

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The South-East face of Ferintosh Peak with the route climbed marked.

Creator: 
Ben Dare

New route on the South-East Face of Ferintsoh Peak (2497m). The route starts up steep ice through the lower rock band, slightly right of centre, before following a vague gully system to finish just right of the crest of the main buttress. 450m, WI4-, M4, alpine grade MC5. Ben Dare solo 8th July 2014

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2014 Darrans Winter Meet

Tuesday 22 July 2014, 10:27am -- jazmorris

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Allan Uren is pretty happy climbing in the "Tunnel of Love"

Creator: 
Jaz Morris

The first twinkle of hoar frost came just at the entrance to the Eglinton. The full moon lit the peaks with a silvery glow of snow on the tops and ice on the valley floor. Winter had come to the mountains, and a well-timed high-pressure system coincided with the annual Darrans Winter Climbing Meet at Homer Hut. However, I’d only managed to scrape three days off work, had left town late, and I was driving late in the night and was desperate to get some sleep before the next day’s climb.

Big Boys Don't Cry? An emotional summit day on Mt Kckinley

Tuesday 8 July 2014, 7:45am -- daniel.joll

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NZ Alpine Team members right to left, Pete Harris, Ari Kingan, Daniel Joll, Steve Fortune and Australian Matthew Scholes on the summit of Denali

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

Tears welled up in my eyes. With each step I choked them back. 50m from the summit several escaped and with no one nearby I simply let them go. The day was stunning, three sixty degree views, stretching out past Mt’s Hunter and Foraker over the tundra towards the sea. I had never cried upon reaching a summit before but something that day was unique and special.

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