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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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Queenstown Dry Tooling Crags - Pink Palace and Den of Iniquity Topos

Sunday 9 August 2015, 5:22pm -- daniel.joll

Currently there are two established dry tooling crags in Queenstown. Both of these are located at the Kelvin Heights end of the Kelvin Heights - Jacks Point Trail. When walking from Kelvin Heights the first crag you come across is the Den of Iniquity.  It is on the right hand side of the trail as you walk towards Jacks Point overlooking the lake. The top of this crag can be seen when your standing at the second of the green bench seats. As seen below.  It takes arounds ten minutes to reach the Den.  Look for the climbers trail on the right hand side of the crag.

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Peaking Pete: A Story of Fear and a New Route

Wednesday 25 February 2015, 5:25pm -- Pete Harris

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Daniel Joll on the Barrier-Crosscut Col

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Pete Harris

As I sit in my 9 a.m. Biological Chemistry lecture on Monday morning, I can barely grip a pen due to eviscerated finger tips, nor can I focus due to being in the car for the 18 hours prior in order to make my first lecture of the semester. Nonetheless, I’m still beaming from ear to ear from the stunning, (if somewhat insane) three day trip down to the Darrans.

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Summer in Chamonix

Monday 26 January 2015, 1:49pm -- Rose Pearson

Some experiences are so much larger than those it precedes, it takes a time before they can be shared. For me, the two weeks I spent climbing in Chamonix with Daniel Joll in August 2014 were such an experience. Not only were the routes we climbed longer and harder than any I had previously climbed, they were also more committing and several were climbed in poor conditions with marginal forecasts. This is why it is only now, 6 months after the end of the trip, that I am finally putting a pen to paper.

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The Man Who Lives In The Mountains, Welcome Home - Poems by Tui Kraal

Thursday 18 September 2014, 9:27am -- daniel.joll

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Soaking up the Alaskan scenery high up on the West Rib of Denali

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Matthew Scholes

The man who lives in the mountains is free.

He must be, if he is to go beyond the reaches of the forest, and find his path to the summit.

The man who lives in the mountains is determined.

He pushes through with gritted teeth and an icy beard, because he knows what richness will reward him at the top.

The man who lives in the mountains is patient.

He has to retrace his steps a thousand times over, taking two forward and one back.

The man who lives in the mountains is honest.

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New Route on the South-East Face of Ferintosh Peak

Sunday 27 July 2014, 3:07pm -- bendare

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The South-East face of Ferintosh Peak with the route climbed marked.

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Ben Dare

New route on the South-East Face of Ferintsoh Peak (2497m). The route starts up steep ice through the lower rock band, slightly right of centre, before following a vague gully system to finish just right of the crest of the main buttress. 450m, WI4-, M4, alpine grade MC5. Ben Dare solo 8th July 2014

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