How to Simul Climb

Tuesday 7 May 2019, 4:38am -- daniel.joll

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Steve Fortune finishing a simul climbing block on the West Face of Cerro Torre

Creator: 
Daniel Joll

This is a technique that when used right will speed up many alpine and multi pitch ascents.  Why speed up your ascent? Personally I think speed is a key factor to moving safely in the mountains.  If you climb slowly you are more likely to have unplanned bivvies, get stuck in storms or get caught out by rock fall or serac fall. Moving quickly over technical terrain is also good fun!

Starting with the basics: "simul climbing" is when two climbers move at the same time with a rope between them, placing and removing protection as they go.

Walker Spur in Winter - Grandes Jorasses

Friday 26 April 2019, 9:18pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

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Dan Joll nearing the top of the Walker Spur as alpenglow lights up the Grandes Jorasses

Creator: 
K. Ladiges

This is a trip report for an ascent of the Walker spur by Kim Ladiges & Daniel Joll on the 22/3/2019 (first day of spring so not quite a winter ascent but certainly “wintery”).

Conditions

Temperature for 4000m max :  -11C    min :   -17C    light winds.

Major snowfall occurred 5 days previously, strong winds had stripped a fair bit of this snow off the ridge so that it mostly appeared rocky from a distance.

Route

A Winter in the French Alps

Tuesday 23 April 2019, 6:39am -- alastair.mcdowell

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Lionel Clay on the descent of the Grandes Jorasses

Creator: 
A. McDowell

Spending a whole season in a place as dynamic as Chamonix in the heart of the French Alps is an interesting experience. Observing the conditions & season change through the months, and adapting to the most practical way to experience the mountains is a great learning process. From skiing, ice climbing, mountaineering, or rock climbing, all is possible in the Mont Blanc massif and surrounds, and is all a matter of patience. Here Alastair recalls the various trips made over the course of the winter by the NZAT contingent of himself, Daniel Joll, Lionel Clay and Kim Ladiges. 

Gangapurna Expedition 2018, Nepal

Saturday 20 April 2019, 7:30pm -- Matthew Scholes

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Kim approaching Gangapurna

Kim approaching Gangapurna

Creator: 
Matthew Scholes

September 30, 2018, NZAT members Kim Ladiges and Matthew Scholes flew into Nepal for a 6 week expedition with the primary objective being the south face of Gangapurna, 7455m. Here Matt Scholes recounts his and Kim's journey to attempt this huge 1500 metre face in the Annapurna Massif.

The Manaslu Circuit - Acclimatisation Trek

6 Habits for Safer Climbing

Saturday 20 April 2019, 6:08am -- daniel.joll

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Kim Ladiges climbing thin ice on the Croz Spur

Creator: 
Dan Joll

A couple of years ago, I sold my business in NZ and more or less became a full time climbing bum. This coincided with becoming a father, and the two combined led me to examine some of my climbing choices and the statistical risks associated with them. I was keen to make sure that I had good habits in place to avoid those once in a lifetime accidents that over a long climbing career might happen.

From Fiordland to Yosemite: the best approach shoe for the job? Salewa Mountain Trainer II review

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 11:33am -- jazmorris

Salewa Mountain Trainer

Salewa Mountain Trainer

Salewa Mountain Trainer fitted with ultralight crampons

Creator: 
JM

In the saturated and expensive market of high-tech sneakers for climbers, called ‘approach shoes,’ one model has for several years stood out in terms of durability and utility. In partnership with Bobo Products, the New Zealand importer of Salewa, I recently got my hands (or feet) on some new Salewa Mountain Trainer IIs. Not that I needed to: my 5 year old pair still looks almost new, despite considerable abuse. Nevertheless, the new model has received a few upgrades and improvements, and at the outset of this review I’ll simply say that they are great (you can stop reading now if you wish).

Tendon Master 7.8mm Ropes Review

Monday 25 February 2019, 7:57am -- alastair.mcdowell

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Climbing with the Tendon 7.8mm half ropes on North Face of Dent Blanche in Switzerland

Creator: 
Tim Oliver

In search of a lightweight set of half ropes, I have recently been testing out the Tendon Master 7.8mm ropes. I have used them on recent climbs in the European Alps such as the long north faces of Dent Blanche, Aiguille du Jardin, and water-ice climbing in the Haute-Maurienne, and I found them to perform excellently on these particular climbs. If you are looking for a new light, compact double rope setup, read on.

Rating

North Face of Petit Dru, Allain-Leininger route

Monday 18 February 2019, 7:42am -- alastair.mcdowell

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North Face of Les Drus. Allain-Leininger route with bivouac spot marked

Creator: 
A. McDowell

Les Drus is the most impressive granite monolith overlooking the Chamonix Valley. Often you will catch a glance of the intimidating, dark rock peak from the opposite sunny side of the valley, and its a wonder that this face would be so alluring. This winter in Chamonix has been unusually dry, the mountains are devoid of ice, every new snow fall brings dry snow that fattens the ski-fields, but blows off the steep mountain faces. So instead of lamenting it, we embraced it, and set about blunting our tools and crampons on 850m of granite dry tooling up the North Face of the Petit Dru.

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