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  • AceAudacious said I agree Graham, you can jam on these climbs, but certainly don't have to. I'll have to have a go at those Whanganui Bay routes you mention.
    Splitter Cracks
     (Forum topic) 7 hours ago
  • Graham said I don't completely agree with you, Ace - Neither of those climbs at Mangaokewa are anything but sport climbs with one or two optional crack moves. At W. Bay, Eternity Road is basically a pocket climb that has a nice crack for gear. Pretty soft at...
    Splitter Cracks
     (Forum topic) 10 hours ago
  • AceAudacious said Piarere has a whole bunch of pure (pocketless) cracks, if you can find them, on soft rock. Kawakawa also has the massive undercling-roof the Sweet and the Savage (18), the corner of Boat Ramp Crack (17), and the Hecklers (19). All have substantial...
    Splitter Cracks
     (Forum topic) 1 day ago
  • Kester said Download a high-res photo-topo of the face here:
    The Great Unclimbed - The East Face of Popes Nose Direct in winter
     (Article) 1 day ago
  • Graham said Whakapapa side on sunday - Chiming bells is thin, but in, Gorilla looked to be in. Saw some climbers on the left side of Pink Floyd buttress. Overall, thin but climbable conditions.
    The 'pehu 2014
     (Forum topic) 2 days ago
  • robert mcmurray said Hi both, many thanks for responding. I will PM you both.
    Alpine Partner - January 2015
     (Forum topic) 3 days ago
  • Graham said Doesn't look like anybody's been up there recently except me... Mangaturuturu is in good shape - lots of ice around (very wet near the waterfall though). Another week of a good freeze and it'll be really good. Some nice ice on the mixed climbs...
    The 'pehu 2014
     (Forum topic) 5 days ago
  • cragrat said I recall Marty Beare making some of these in pretty much this design in the late 80's or early 90's (maybe without the swivel? - I made some too but they languished in a corner as I was happier to stick with my std leashes as I was never climbing...
    Build your own umbilical
     (Article) 6 days ago
  • Stielike said Hi, Robert! . I am from Spain,my name is Javier, i wanna trip to NZ 5 weeks in same season than you, i 'll be alone and my main target is Mount Cook and Mount aspiring. Also i wolud like trip yo tasmania por Totem Pole. I am a long experience in...
    Alpine Partner - January 2015
     (Forum topic) 1 week ago
  • Graham said Hi LCW - I wrote the article - what do you mean by "what does it take to source and build...?" If it takes you more than an hour to make your umbilicals, you're probably doing something wrong. As far as cost goes 16mm tubular tape at bivouac is...
    Build your own umbilical
     (Article) 1 week ago


  • Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 11:43

    On 19 July, Ben Dare and Stephen Skelton made the first ascent of the 700-metre south face of Mt Suter, at the head of Falls Creek in the Earl Mountains, Fiordland.

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