Expedition Reports

One month in Fiordland

Thursday 6 March 2014, 2:54pm -- jazmorris

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Pete Harris in the Bowen-Allan Corner

Creator: 
Jaz Morris

One night, sitting around the fire in the Warden's Quarters at Homer Hut and listening to the heavy rain that signalled the end of the Darrans Winter Climbing Meet, my thoughts turned to the following summer. By then, I would be one year into my PhD - time to get some writing done. Homer Hut - what better place to settle down and get away from the distractions of the internet, General Joll and the monotony of Dunedin life? So I talked with Al Walker, 'Hut Bastard,' about wardening over the summer.

Going solo in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Tuesday 5 November 2013, 11:54am -- jazmorris

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Line of ascent on the South Face of Pibrac at right ('JM Goes Tramping,' MC4/WI2, 350m), descent route at left.

Creator: 
Jaz Morris

I looked down, for the thousandth time, at the crampon points kicked in as far as I could tolerate, my toes aching and bruising with every step. It seemed funny at the time, wondering if Scarpa had this in mind when they designed the ‘Manta,’ a pair of boots usually sold for tramping and transalpine.

A New Route on the South Face of Single Cone

Monday 21 October 2013, 1:48pm -- jazmorris

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Ben Dare at the top of pitch one of 'The Piking Potato Princess'

Creator: 
Dan Joll

The forecast was for one of those weak westerly flows that come in right after a clearing SW storm. Although the weather for the weekend itself was supposed to be alright, as we all made our plans to meet at Mt Cook it became increasingly apparent that the weather would be puking hard on Friday, increasing the avalanche risk to unacceptable levels.  After a hasty change of plans, the Dasler Pinnacles became the logical destination for our various groups to meet, with cars coming from Queenstown, Dunedin, Greymouth and Christchurch.

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