The Climber archive
|83||The Climber 83, for Autumn 2013 is a mountain focussed issue. It is 60 years since Sir Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made their historic first ascent of Mt Everest, we celebrate the diamond jubilee with a list of all the Kiwis to summit, including significant milestones, all set to some beautiful images from Colin Monteath and Ed Webster. Paul Prince weighs in with his (very clever indeed) opinion on the Big E. Pat Deavoll explores the four aspects of the compass, covering a first major ascent from each direction in the last decade. Your faithful editor ventured south to Mt Cook and visited the Sebastopol Bluffs to check out the new developments there courtesy of Murray Judge and friends. Clayton Garbes interviews some youth on the run (Edie Kane and Laura MacQueen). There's loads of activity been happening in them thar hills, it's all covered here.|
|82||Our summer 2012/13 issue explores the latest rock climbing development on the West Coast. We have photo essays from Jaz Morris (mountaineer, tramper and trans-alpine explorer) and Guillaume Charton (Queenstown rock climber and guidebook author). Shaun Barnett has compiled a profile of four NZAC huts that feature in his new book Shelter From the Storm (co-authored with Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint). Abbie Bull gives us a nice perspective on this year's NZAC North Island Ski Touring Meet. We've got profiles of North Island crushers Mel Jackson, James Field-Mitchell and Regan McCaffery. Kiwis have been taking down hard routes at Arapiles of late, we talk to Wiz Fineron and Mayan Smith-Gobat about their recent successes. We've even got some fiction, Jonny Bowman talked to a number of climbers' partners to get their perspective on what it's like when your other half spends all their time up a mountain or rock face.|
In this issue we look at climbing in the media, with perspectives on Everest, sponsorship and stereotypes. "What should we cherish?". Nostalgia and reality checking. Looking back on the climbing life and "the school of hard knocks". A bumper three-part technique feature—face your fears, but stay safe out there. Learn how to make and use a Purcell prussik. Where the Mild Things Are Part II describes four more moderate alpine objectives. It’s been a busy winter of ice and mixed climbing: the news is all here, in images and words. Plus there’s an interview with Freddy Varengo, and the NZAC Photographic Competition winners.
Our eightieth issue covers it all: alpine ice and rock, bouldering, sport climbing, snowboard mountaineering, ski touring, even slacklining! We showcase some great photography and painting from the NZAC arts workshops and you can read the three winning entries from our creative writing competition.
A great issue for aspiring alpinists, who should enjoy the first of our Where the Mild Things Are articles, which include profiles of slightly off-the-beaten-track low to moderate grade mountain objectives. Sarah Wilson shares her epic avalanche experience on Aoraki Mt Cook and we join top NZ alpinists Daniel Joll and Steve Fortune on an ascent of the famous North Pillar of Mt Fitz Roy in Patagonia.
Johnny Bowman provides an insight into the real post-earthquake situation for climbing on the Port Hills, Richard Thomson suggests an NZAC Position on Bolting for the Darrans and Sefton Priestley rounds things out with tips for warming up for rock climbing.
Points of interest: Conrad Peak, Mt Hooker, White Falls Crag, Terror Peak, Central Darrans, The Remarkables, the Selborne Range, the AGS Rockwall, Unwin Lodge, Whangaehu Hut.
The state of elite alpinism in New Zealand is explored in detail by Paul Hersey in his article The Path of Most Resistance. North Island climbing is a focus with a photographic essay on Mt Ruapehu sport climbing and the NZAC Auckland Climber of the Year Award (which went to Rob Addis). Outgoing NZAC General Manager Ollie Clifton gives us his perspective on his time in the role as well as his three favourite climbs in NZ.
Points of interest: Pounamu, Aoraki, Salathe Wall, Bolivia, Mt Somers, Otepatotu, Sichuan, Dasler Pinnacles, Mt Hicks, Southern Alps ski traverse, Nazomi, Rocklands, Yosemite, White Falls, B and B Boulders, Waikato, Southland Conservation, 2011 AGM, CCM, Unwin Lodge opening, John Aspinall.