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Macpac New Zealand Alpinist of the Year 2019

Wednesday 24 July 2019, 3:46am -- alastair.mcdowell

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Daniel Joll

The Macpac New Zealand Alpinist of the Year awards are judged over the 12-month period that follows the previous year’s Remarkables Ice and Mixed Festival. The awards recognise the best alpine climbs during a one year period, taking into account style, difficulty and creativity of the ascent. The award is open to all New Zealand citizens and Expedition Climbers Club members for climbs completed in New Zealand or overseas. This year's awards ceremony will take place in August at the Ice and Mixed Festival in Queenstown, NZ.

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2019 - 2022 Team Trials

Thursday 4 April 2019, 8:08pm -- daniel.joll

2019 Team trial participants

2019 Team trial participants

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Ben Dare

During March 2019 the NZAT held a trial in Queenstown for new members to join our mentoring program.  This is something we do every three years.  Details of what we are looking for from applicants can be found on our website.  A run down of our previous 2016 trial can be found here

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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

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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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NZAT Member Caleb Jennings Passes Away

Monday 29 October 2018, 9:15am -- Anonymous (not verified)

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Caleb Jennings in the mountains

It is with great sadness we report the passing of a member of our team, Caleb Jennings. Caleb was a great climbing partner & friend to the team, he was incredibly strong, fit and reliable on trips but also a gentle man who always exercised sound judgement in the mountains.
Born and raised in Canterbury, Caleb was introduced into the mountains at a young age where he spent most of his youth hunting and tramping in the Southern Alps.

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NZAT announces appointment of new Advisory Mentors

Sunday 23 September 2018, 7:43pm -- bendare

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New Advisory Mentors Tim Macartney-Snape, Lionel Clay and Allan Uren

New Advisory Mentors Tim Macartney-Snape, Lionel Clay and Allan Uren

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Ben Dare

The New Zealand Alpine Team are proud to announce that Tim Macartney-Snape, Lionel Clay and Allan Uren will be joining the NZAT in an Advisory Mentor role.

Tim, Lionel and Allan are three of Australasia’s most accomplished alpine climbers. They each have a wealth of experience spanning a number of decades, and the knowledge and expertise that they will bring to the NZAT is invaluable.

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Traverse of Les Drus to Aiguille Verte

Wednesday 12 September 2018, 8:02am -- alastair.mcdowell

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Alastair, Daniel & Chris on the summit of Aiguille Verte (4120m)

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Chris Warner

The Integral ridge spanning the Flames De Pierre to Aiguille Verte should be one of the iconic Chamonix alpine climbs. Over the course of 5 days, Daniel Joll, Chris Warner and Alastair McDowell traversed the granite skyline ridge connecting Les Flammes de Pierre, Les Drus, Aiguille Sans Nom and Aiguille Verte, descending via the Moine Ridge to Couvercle Refuge.

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A Second New Route - Sheila Face Aoraki/Mount Cook

Wednesday 12 September 2018, 12:00am -- Rose Pearson

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Sam approaching the summit ridge

Sam climbing to the summit ridge

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Rose Pearson

The Ministry of Silly Walks - MC5+, WI4, M4, 800m

Rose Pearson and Sam Waetford have followed in Caleb and Kim's foot steps to climb another new route on the Sheila face of Mount Cook. Rose and Sam had been watching the weather hoping the high would continue through the weekend as Sam wasn't flying in from Australia till midday on Friday. They had three days before the weather broke, and decided to aim for the Sheila after hearing it was in good condition from Kim and Caleb on the way down to MCNP.

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New Route - Sheila Face Aoraki Mount Cook + Route Beta

Friday 7 September 2018, 12:03am -- daniel.joll

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Sheila Face Mount Cook

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Daniel Joll

We are excited to announce that NZAT members Caleb Jennings and Kim Ladiges have climbed what is arguably the last plum unclimbed line on Aoraki Mount Cook.

Caleb and Kim left Empress hut around midnight on the 5th of September arriving back to Empress 24 hours later having completed the first ascent of the direct line. They named the route "Pilgrim", which goes at a grade of MC6, WI5, M6, 750M. The crux pitch involved a difficult detached ice pillar, with steep moves pulling over a small roof bulge. 

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