Expedition Reports

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.

A New Route on the South Face of Single Cone

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


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

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


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

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.


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