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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.

South West Ridge of Mt Aspiring

Wednesday 30 December 2015, 11:49am -- jazmorris

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SW Ridge

Gemma Wilson on the SW Ridge of Mt Aspiring

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Jaz Morris

"One of the classic climbs in the Alps,” says Allan Uren in the Mt Aspiring Guidebook of the South West Ridge of Mt Aspiring. It has been on my ‘top-priority list’ of climbs for an embarrassingly long time, one to do at the first available opportunity. I don’t know why 5 years has gone by since I last went up Mt Aspiring, but it might be that we have so much good climbing in New Zealand and every time a high pressure system comes along, there is too much to choose from.

The Golden Shower

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

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A piss bottle admiring the view of Bugaboo Spire.

Creator: 
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.

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.

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

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

Canada Ice Climbing 2015

Tuesday 30 December 2014, 12:07pm -- daniel.joll

Canada Ice Climbing Blog - by Jaz Morris and Frazer Attrill

We have included a link to the best photos of the trip below. Even if you are not a Facebook user you can click on the photo selection and see all the photos.  Scoll down the page to see both the FB album and a short video of 10 classic Canadian ice climbs.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page if you want to see our tips for staying in the Rockies and a gear list we used for the trip. 

 

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