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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.

Les Dru North Couloir Direct

Monday 27 May 2013, 9:30pm -- daniel.joll

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Fredrik Aspo seconding a long 60m pitch of M7+ climbing. The crux of the route is the following pitch.

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

Sometimes its good to dream. For many years I dreamed of climbing Les Dru in Chamonix. Initially my dream was to climb the Bonatti Pillar. Turns our I had left my first visit to Chamonix to late, by the time I first arrived in Chamonix the pillar had fallen down. My dream crushed into millions of small stones at the base of the Dru’s North Face. However, the dream didn’t die. The Dru still stood and it had plenty of other routes to offer. Each visit to Chamonix I would take a walk up valley and stare at the Dru. Its steep North and West Faces leading to a double pointed summit.

New routes on the Kaipo Wall

Monday 27 May 2013, 4:48pm -- daniel.joll

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Steve Fortune cruising along the top of the Kaipo Kid Cheval

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

There is something special in the bond shared between alpine climbing partners. When you’re alone on a mountain and being tested and pushed and forced to rely on each other, the emotional strain can break even the closest friendships. But there’s nothing more motivating than watching my climbing partners rise to a challenge, push their limits and take extra risk so we can succeed. When all the members of a team contribute and take their chances to reach a combined goal, it builds confidence and trust that can be drawn on at a later date.

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