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.


Unclimbed lines and faces close to Mt Cook Village

Thursday 19 September 2013, 11:54am -- daniel.joll


West Face Pibrac with The Shaft marked in Red. The true summit is along the West Ridge and not in this shot. It is around 12 pitches from the base to the high point of this photo where the route joins the West Ridge.

Daniel Joll

Rob Frost has provided me with some great inspiration in the last two months. Firstly at the Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival with his talk on their expedition to White Wave and the unclimbed mountains surrounding the peak. Then again in the latest issue of Climber and all the info he shared on easy unclimbed alpine routes in NZ. So I thought that I would follow his lead it and share a bit of information on unclimbed lines we spotted last weekend.


The Shaft, WI4, MC5-, 560m. First Ascent, West Face Pibrac.

Monday 16 September 2013, 10:14am -- daniel.joll


Steve passing the crux of the Shaft. Excellent vertical ice with the odd bulge.

Daniel Joll

"I'm here and I'm excited!"  Steve's plane must have landed and he's txting me to remind me im running a bit late.  I'm excited as well.  I haven't really been climbing with Steve for almost three months.  We have a few weekends set aside before our Patagonia expedition and are many plans for unclimbed lines we hope to try.  Our first objective being the South Face of Marian.  However some massive avalanches have cut the road off and its not looking like it will open until Saturday afternoon.  That's too late for us, I have to be on a flight to Hawkes Bay for work 3.30pm Monday.

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Reflections of a Tramping Accident

Wednesday 4 September 2013, 9:29pm -- Rose Pearson

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The four fractures on Rose Pearson's Pelvis as a result of her fall while tramping

Rose Pearson

On July 30th 2013 my brother and I suffered a nasty accident while tramping. We both fell while descending from Zit Saddle on day two of a four day tramp inland of Hokitika. Our intended route was Cedar Flats to Adventure Biv to Zits Saddle to Top Kokatahi Hut to Top Crawford Hut to Lathrop Saddle to Browning Range Bivouac to Grassy Flat Hut to the Styx car park. We were left unable to perform a self rescue. This is an account of the accident, the ensuring 5 days and nights before we were rescued by SAR West Coast, our recovery and a quick analysis of how we got ourselves into such a nasty situation.


Mixed Climbing, Dry Tooling, Winter Alpinism and a few disgruntled Queenstown locals

Monday 2 September 2013, 9:06pm -- daniel.joll


Matthew Scholes cranking at the 2012 Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival

Mark Watson

Firstly for those who are wondering just what is mixed climbing, dry tooling or for that matter ice and snow climbing is here is a short run down.



South Face, Glengyle Peak (2283m)

Monday 2 September 2013, 12:58pm -- jazmorris

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The south face of Glengyle with the Central Gully line marked in red

Jaz Morris

An Otago team have claimed what may be the first ascent of the south face of Glengyle Peak (2283m) in the West Matukituki valley, Mt Aspiring National Park. The route, Central Gully (MC 4-) follows an obvious snow gully in the centre of the face for about 5 pitches to reach the summit ridge about 100m from the summit of Glengyle. NZ Alpine Team member Jaz Morris and a Dunedin friend Alexis Belton climbed the route from a high camp at 2000m on the south ridge of Mt Rob Roy.


History of the NZ Alpine Team, Remarkables Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival and the NZ Expedition Capital Fund

Friday 30 August 2013, 10:31am -- daniel.joll


The Fortress, Torres Del Paine National Park

Daniel Joll

Several years ago the question was asked and debated by the New Zealand Alpine Club “the death of alpinism”. Many climbers of yesterday questioned if alpinism in NZ was simply a thing of the past.


The Remarkables Ice & Mixed Climbing Festival

Wednesday 28 August 2013, 11:18am -- Pete Harris


Steve Fortune leading the direct finish to Sgian Dubh (M4)

Ari Kingan

It was with some trepidation that I threw every single piece of gear I own, into duffel bags and packs, in preparation for heading down to Queenstown for a week of training with the Team prior to the Remarkables Ice and Mixed Festival. From the information which had been circulating, it was clearly going to be an initiation by fire, evidenced by the fact the whole Team had been warned that we were going to be ‘encouraged’ to set new routes around the Remarkables.


Jamie Vinton-Boot. Partner, Father, Inspiration, Team Member, Mentor

Friday 23 August 2013, 8:26am -- Pete Harris


Jamie on a first ascent in the Routeburn August 2012 during the first Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival

Jono Clarke

“To have this opportunity is both a privilege and a responsibility. A responsibility to keep the fundamental spirit of alpinism alive – the pursuit of the impossible and the unknown.”

- Jamie Vinton-Boot

As a preface to this piece, I would like to note that I had known Jamie for only a short period, but he made a huge impact on me in such time. My relationship with Jamie barely scratches the surface of an amazing man, and I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to those who knew Jamie best.



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