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Variations on a Theme: alternate versions of classic routes on Aoraki and Mt Dixon

Sunday 1 November 2020, 6:56am -- sooji.clarkson

Anzac Peaks, Cinerama Col and Aoraki from below the West Face of Mt Dixon

Anzac Peaks, Cinerama Col and Aoraki from below the West Face of Mt Dixon

Anzac Peaks, Cinerama Col and Aoraki from below the West Face of Mt Dixon

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sooji.clarkson

It seemed like the first reasonable break in the weather for weeks. I'd like to call the response an orderly mobilisation of the troops, or maybe it was more like the first week out of COVID-19 lockdown; a rush to line up at burger joints and takeaways, a line headed up the Hooker to Empress Hut, and Gavin and I joining in line with three other skiers up to Plateau Hut. We had an excess of cabin fever to sweat out, solid looking snow conditions, and weather up our sleeves to look at more than a few possibilities.

 

 

Mt Hicks South Face - The Curver

Monday 26 October 2020, 4:33pm -- James.Hobson

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The author approaching the summit of Mt Hicks

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Lionel Clay

More like the Learning Curver ! Lighter packs and a better looking weather window had myself and Lionel walking up the Hooker for the second time in a couple of months with the South face of Hicks on our minds. After seeing the epic trip Al and Ben had we just wanted to go and check it out for ourselves!

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New route Mt DArchiac South Face: Lust

Tuesday 13 October 2020, 11:38pm -- sooji.clarkson

South Face of Mt D'Archiac

South Face of Mt D'Archiac

George skinning towards the South Face of Mt D'Archiac

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Accompanied by Elliot and Luke doing all sorts of things I would never have guessed you could (or should?) do in a stock standard Grand Vitara, the sunny, braided, Godley river valley passed by in a rocky montage of dotterels, geese, paradise ducks, and the inevitable ever-present grey and orange rocks. On reaching the lake at the head of the valley, we portaged gear across this last undriveable stretch and settled comfortably into Godley Hut. 

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Remarkables Ice and Mixed Festival instructor’s wrap party: Tititea/Aspiring South West Ridge

Wednesday 19 August 2020, 6:25pm -- sooji.clarkson

Descending the SWR Tititea

Descending the SWR Tititea

Descending the SWR Tititea

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sooji.clarkson

The lead up to the Remarkables Ice and Mixed Festival is always an intensely satisfying, full on week for the NZAT. Day after day we head up the mountain, getting in a wide variety of different climbing partners and climbing styles. By virtue of being up there every day, as the weather changes through the week we also often climb in a wide range of conditions.

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New route Tititea/Aspiring South Face: Kia rapu i tõku māramatanga [Seeking the Light]

Tuesday 4 August 2020, 4:32pm -- sooji.clarkson

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Headed for the light at the top

Headed for the light at the top

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Gavin Lang

A couple of days of high pressure were forecast; the weather window looked like it was wide enough to sneak through on Tuesday. Gavin sent out a call – could anyone make it down for a climb? As the forecast updated however, the incoming cold front looked set to sweep through sooner than we’d thought. Early on Saturday morning we decided to shift the climb a day sooner to match. I had to get down to Wanaka! I cancelled my Saturday plans and quickly rolled out of bed, threw an assortment of gear in my overworked car and hit the road. Objective: the South Face of Tititea/Aspiring.

Mt Hicks South Face - The Curver

Tuesday 21 July 2020, 12:12pm -- ben.mangan

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Empress Hut and the South Face of Mt Hicks

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A. McDowell

The faces were looking dry as Alastair and I made the journey up the Hooker Valley – as we picked our way through the rocky moraine we were quietly hoping that there would be some ice on the South Face of Hicks for us to climb. We weren’t disappointed with what we found!

When Al suggested a trip into Empress Hut, I jumped at the idea, keen to use the ice climbing skills I had picked up during the team trip to Canada in February.

Climbing Dasler Pinnacles - Hopkins Valley

Thursday 7 November 2019, 9:56pm -- ben.mangan

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Dasler Pinnacles Hopkins Valley
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Ben Mangan
Ben Mangan, Lionel Clay, James Hobson
 
With the freezing level rapidly rising all over the Southern Alps – it was time to grab the climbing shoes and our sun hats and seek out some alpine rock, staying as far away from the slushy spring snow as we could. Dasler Pinnacles up the Hopkins Valley ticked all the boxes.
 

Walker Spur in Winter - Grandes Jorasses

Friday 26 April 2019, 9:18pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

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Dan Joll nearing the top of the Walker Spur as alpenglow lights up the Grandes Jorasses

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K. Ladiges

This is a trip report for an ascent of the Walker spur by Kim Ladiges & Daniel Joll on the 22/3/2019 (first day of spring so not quite a winter ascent but certainly “wintery”).

Conditions

Temperature for 4000m max :  -11C    min :   -17C    light winds.

Major snowfall occurred 5 days previously, strong winds had stripped a fair bit of this snow off the ridge so that it mostly appeared rocky from a distance.

Route

A Winter in the French Alps

Tuesday 23 April 2019, 6:39am -- alastair.mcdowell

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Lionel Clay on the descent of the Grandes Jorasses

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A. McDowell

Spending a whole season in a place as dynamic as Chamonix in the heart of the French Alps is an interesting experience. Observing the conditions & season change through the months, and adapting to the most practical way to experience the mountains is a great learning process. From skiing, ice climbing, mountaineering, or rock climbing, all is possible in the Mont Blanc massif and surrounds, and is all a matter of patience. Here Alastair recalls the various trips made over the course of the winter by the NZAT contingent of himself, Daniel Joll, Lionel Clay and Kim Ladiges. 

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