Expedition Reports

West Ridge Mt Sefton (3151m)

Friday 24 November 2017, 3:36pm -- jazmorris

I recently snuck off from a social tramping trip to the Copland Hot Pools to make a solo ascent of the West Ridge of Mt Sefton. The easiest route on Mt Sefton (MC 2+), the West Ridge provides a straightforward snow climb from Welcome Pass. The route either follows the reasonably level Douglas Neve to where a final snowslope leads to the summit, or else a much more interesting and crevasse free option involves gaining the ridge crest shortly after Welcome Pass and sidling a beautiful sharp snow ridgeline until the final summit slope.

Cerro Torre - Ragni Route

Thursday 2 March 2017, 2:20am -- daniel.joll

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Ragni Route Cerro Torre

Kim Ladiges on the Ragni Route Cerro Torre , this was taken during a failed attempt where we turned around due to bad weather

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

Man Spooning – Verb , two men locked in the spoon position during an alpine bivy.  Depending on the participants, usually a function of age and or temperature, man spooning may take several seconds, minutes or even hours to begin. Once both parties have accepted the terms on their situation, man spooning usually continues until it’s time to start climbing.  It is not common to hear the expression “Lets manspoon” this is usually a silent agreement. 

Scroll to the bottom of this story for a video from this and other previous attempts on the Ragni Route

El Capitan Nose In A Day Beta

Sunday 19 February 2017, 1:42am -- daniel.joll

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The Nose El Capitan Yosemite

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

The Nose, El Capitan, Yosemite. Beta for climbing the "Nose In A Day" (NIAD)

The Nose on El Capitan has to be one of the world’s most popular big wall climbs. Climbing the route in traditional big wall style and in particular, climbing the Nose in a day (NIAD) is a popular rite of passage for climbers from around the world.

Peru Expedition 27 May - 30 June 2016

Wednesday 25 May 2016, 12:24am -- jazmorris

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Artesonraju

Artesonraju, Paron Valley

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Wikipedia

There's an immense satisfaction in seeing the fruition of many years of hard work, perseverance and the continual acquisition of skills garnered from climbing in New Zealand and abroad. Nothing demonstrates this tremendous New Zealand climbing ability better than the four first ascents on Taulliraju (5830m) over the past two weeks.

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The Carrington Rouse

Sunday 31 January 2016, 11:41am -- Rose Pearson

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The Carrington Rouse Crux

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

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

The Carrington Rouse (originally known as the Rebuffet Terray) is a classic ice and mixed climb on the Aiguille Des Pélerins in the European Alps. With 550m of technical climbing and a close proximity to the mid-station of the Midi lift it makes for a nice winter day-trip from town if you plan to simul-climb it or a 1-day climb if you pitch the cruxes with a bivy before or after at the mid-station. Dan, Kim, Rose and Peter climbed this in thin conditions in late January 2016. We found it to be fun and engaging with a crux just below the routes top-out at the Col des Pélerins. What follows is a quick route description and some gear beta.

Eiger North Face 1938 Route Winter Ascent Beta and Free Topo

Saturday 2 January 2016, 12:10am -- daniel.joll

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Chaz following one of the ice fields Eiger North Face

Chaz following one of the ice fields Eiger North Face

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

The Eiger North Face is one of the classic alpine routes in the world. Long, steep, committing and a story made famous by books like The White Spider and Clint Eastwoods movie the Eiger Sanction, it is a must do climb for many alpinists. There is much written about the North Face of the Eiger and also some excellent topos available online. I thought however it might be good to share the climbing gear we took with us for a winter ascent.

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