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Monday 22 May 2017, 10:17am -- jazmorris

Taulliraju south peak

Taulliraju south peak

Steve, Rose and Al on the south peak of Taulliraju

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Al McDowell

What is the New Zealand Alpine Team?

The New Zealand Alpine Team is an initiative of the Expedition Climbers Club Inc. that represents a new concept for climbing in this country. It is born of a desire to support and encourage aspiring young Kiwi alpinists looking to improve their mountain skills. Some of New Zealand's best alpine climbers have volunteered their time to mentor a future generation of alpinists. In doing so, we are hoping to help a group of young climbers to learn valuable skills and knowledge that might have otherwise taken them many more years to acquire.

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NZAT Members Killed in Fiordland National Park

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 1:50pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

Conor and Sarwan

Conor and Sarwan

Conor and Sarwan

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NZAT

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of two team members Conor Smith and Sarwan Chand. Over ANZAC Weekend Conor and Sarwan were climbing in the Darran Mountains (Fiordland). They had been attempting a route on the South Face of Marian Peak. Based on an examination of the scene we believe that while climbing the leader fell before being able to place gear after the belay.  This resulted in a factor 2 lead fall, pulling the team off the wall.

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A New Route on the South-West Buttress of Bruce Peak

Thursday 17 November 2016, 2:22pm -- David Chen

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David Chen

Last summer, David Chen and Tony Burnell headed into the South Temple and climbed a 480-metre long new route on the SW buttress of the impressive Bruce Peak, involving rock climbing up to grade 17 on long run-out slabs that had barely dried from a storm.

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NZAT Ice Training Camp

Monday 5 September 2016, 9:56pm -- Sarwan Chand

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David Chen climbing a left variation to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (WI4)

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K. Brown

As part of our training for the up and coming team trip to Canada, the team spent the weekend prior to the Remarkables Ice and Mixed Festival at one of New Zealands premier Ice climbing locations,Wye Creek, to hone skills, work on technique and gain more mileage on steep ice.

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Press Release: NZAT Peru Expedition 2016

Wednesday 18 May 2016, 3:59pm -- Pete Harris

Taulliraju

Taulliraju

Taulliraju from the Punta Union Pass

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Mike Thurk

Departing on the 27th May, the Expedition Climbers’ Club (ECC) 2016 Peru Expedition will be the largest international climbing trip to leave New Zealand in the last 40 years. The expedition will be based in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca mountain range, with members of the 12 person group attempting to climb a variety of unclimbed routes on the many 5000 and 6000m peaks in the area. The expedition is also the pinnacle of the ECC’s 3-year elite youth development program; the New Zealand Alpine Team.

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NZ Alpine Team members 2016-2019 announced

Thursday 12 November 2015, 11:41am -- jazmorris

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The team near Ben Lomond after the hill-run and pack-carry

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Jaz Morris

We're stoked to be able to announce the newest members of the New Zealand Alpine Team!

Recently, we requested applications for the NZAT mentoring program from climbers aged 18-25. A number of candidates stood out and 9 were selected for trials held in Queenstown (and Australia). From those, 6 were selected for the team.

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NZ Alpine Team 2016-2019 Trials

Monday 19 October 2015, 1:44pm -- jazmorris

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Gemma Wilson dry-tooling at the Den of Iniquity

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Jaz Morris

On the 17th - 18th of October we held the trials for the 2016-2019 intake for the New Zealand Alpine Team. Nine candidates are competing for three-year mentored positions in the NZAT, and eight of them came from all over New Zealand to meet in Queenstown for a weekend of cardio, climbing and mental assessments. It was the first time we've held trials, having selected the 2013-2016 team based on mountaineering CV and interview alone. We think that the trials were a great way to objectively analyse the applicants, all of whom are climbing at a high level already - and we reckon in a few years the standard for the trials will be even higher!

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Tramadol Dreams

Monday 12 October 2015, 1:19pm -- steven.fortune

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Ben on Tramadol Dreams, Upper Cirque Creek.

15 months ago I was recovering from surgery repairing my shattered ankle. Painkillers caused insomnia and vivid dreams featuring movie like action sequences with a touch of mythology and other absurdity. I would wake, sweaty, shaken, thinking 'that was a bit weird'.

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