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21May 20
Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing

Further reading Here are some links for further reading, as mentioned in my talk for the NZ Alpine Club ice climbing course: "Tips & Trick for Technical Ice Climbing". The links cover some of the content I would typically teach on the NZAC’s ice climbing course: "Leading on technical ice".  It's not an exhaustive list by any means but attempts…

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23Apr 20
Locked Down In Wanaka

Locked down in Wanaka

Lockdown: in Wanaka the most obvious change is the noise. It’s super quiet, eerie everybody says, and there is not as much hustle and bustle. No planes, tourist buses or minivans.  No construction or “progress” either - economic progress that is. Everything’s been put on hold. Lots more bird life around in urban areas especially Fantails.  Here in Wanaka and…

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01Apr 20
Escape To The Mountains

Escape to the mountains

All trips and tours are off.  It’s an interesting time for me to think about why I go into the mountains, and why my clients will pay to go with me. Usually when you talk to people about why they want to get into the “hills” as you call it, it’s to get away or escape. For me it was…

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21Oct 18
Alone On The Matterhorn

Alone on the Matterhorn

When people ask me “When is the best time for the Matterhorn?” I always answer "it's impossible to say".  Spring can be too snowy on the Hörnli ridge and you get snow storms into the start of summer. Mid-summer has frequent thunderstorms which are quite unpredictable and are extremely hazardous on the Matterhorn, so you have to get up and…

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05Oct 18

Abendgrat

With all the mountain lift and trains in the Swiss Alps during peak season you'd think it was hard to escape the crowds. Surprisingly this is not the case. An example is a trip Monika and I did in late July.  Having a couple of days off together and a good weather forecast we headed to Zermatt in the Wallis…

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