The Climbing Space!

Thursday 6 March 2014, 8:37am -- daniel.joll

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Steve mid morning during our ascent of the Supercaneleta on Fitz Roy. The temperature was somewhere between -15 & -20 our water bottles all froze solid, with one Nelgine splitting from the water freezing inside!

Daniel Joll

The Climbing Space!

To succeed in Patagonia, you must take a chance,
you can’t just sit waiting, your head bowed and cast.
Don’t get in a twist, don’t walk down that path,
just go day by day, then climb hard, light and fast.


First ascent – Somnus North-East Buttress Solo

Monday 17 February 2014, 11:27pm -- bendare

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Great climbing on the North-East Buttress of Somnus.

Ben Dare

North-East Buttress, 700m, 15/16, first ascent.

Something really struck home with me while reading an article by Jane Morris in the recent 2013 New Zealand Alpine Journal. In particular her closing sentence – “Doorstep adventures: make the most of them wherever you live.”

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BMC Winter Meet

Thursday 13 February 2014, 10:21am -- Rose Pearson


Ben Eighe, Tripple Buttress. From left to right - East Buttress, Central Buttress (Pigott's route) and West Buttress.

Rose Pearson

The BMC International meet is held every winter. It's a fantastic event bringing together climbers of all abilities from around the world to experience some of Scotland's finest Mixed and Ice climbing. When I found out about it in August 2013, I was particularly keen to attend on NZ's behalf as I was preparing to immigrate to the UK. I did hesitate, however, as I was effectively bed ridden at the time with a broken pelvis. Eventually, I reasoned it would be pretty much healed by then, so I should be able to climb 'something'. I downgraded my mixed and WI abilities accordingly and sent off my application.

South Face of Nazomi - New Route

Tuesday 4 February 2014, 9:55am -- bendare


The south faces of Aoraki/Mt Cook (left) and Nazomi (right) with the new route climbed marked in red.

Ben Dare

The spring of 2013 will not be remembered for its sustained periods of settled weather. Instead much like the winter that preceded it, it was dominated by warmer than normal temperatures and frequent squally frontal systems. What few clear spells that did come through were short lived and often directly followed heavy snow falls. This all coupled together to make for less than ideal climbing conditions.

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Rose's Recovery

Tuesday 10 December 2013, 11:43am -- Rose Pearson


Rose Pearson crutching along Sandfly Bay on the Otago Peninsular

Lauren Leonatti

Recovering from a big injury takes time, but with some patience and a bit of good old fashioned 'hard work' it can be a heartening and rewarding process. This catalogues my recovery from four breaks to my pelvis and my return to the mountains.

Going solo in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

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


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

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.

Wellington to Cathedral rocks and back - A 24 hour full value trip

Wednesday 23 October 2013, 3:30pm -- Mike Buchanan


Cathedral Rocks (Matihao south face)

Graham Johnson

Last weekend the weather planet aligned and Jono Clarke, Graham Johnson and I made a trip to Cathedral Rocks (Matihao south face), Mt Ruapehu. I’d never been there before but had heard about it and was excited at the prospect. We left Wgtn at 2am Saturday bound for Whakapapa. After a rendezvous with Graham we strolled up to the summit plateau (+ 1000m) and meandered our way around to Cathy rocks. Despite being late spring with a high freezing level, we found ice with good hoon potential.  Never mind that though - we had our eyes on the real prize i.e.



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