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Elbow Injury – The long road back to climbing

It has litterally been over 4 1/2 years since I felt I have been able to go rockclimbing properly.  In that time I have felt unmotivated, depressed, a bit angry and feeling like I was lacking "something".  Friends would ask me to go climbing and my constant refusals led them to think that I was […]

Ascents, Snow and more snow

For the last 6 days I’ve been hanging out with John Holdsworth up at the head of the Tasman Glacier in Mt Cook National Park.  John is a visiting Brit with a great sense of humor which “occasionally” turns into sarcasm and dry wit – basically a pretty fun chap to hang out with for […]

The first Paragliding -Speedflying Descent off Low Peak Aoraki Mt Cook

Paul Aubrey just dropped around to show me the rig he used to fly off the Low Peak on Aoraki back in 1985 … The Canopy is called a Paraporter and hadn't been out of the reversable pack / harness for 20 years! Took a bit to get it airborne (ground handling) but once up […]

Speedriding from the Summit Ice Cap of Aoraki Mt Cook

Well after 4 years of wanting to do it I finally manged to get a none work period to coincide with a good weather window and a chance at making a speedriding descent off the top of Mt Cook.           In the end it turned into a 36 hour round trip […]

Elbow Injury – The long road back to climbing

29 April 2014

It has litterally been over 4 1/2 years since I felt I have been able to go rockclimbing properly.  In that time I have felt unmotivated, depressed, a bit angry and feeling like I was lacking "something".  Friends would ask me to go climbing and my constant refusals led them to think that I was […]

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Ascents, Snow and more snow

11 January 2014

For the last 6 days I’ve been hanging out with John Holdsworth up at the head of the Tasman Glacier in Mt Cook National Park.  John is a visiting Brit with a great sense of humor which “occasionally” turns into sarcasm and dry wit – basically a pretty fun chap to hang out with for […]

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Climbing the Classic SW Ridge of Mt Aspiring

05 December 2013

The SW Ridge – Mt Aspiring The SW ridge is a classic snaking feature that leads directly to the summit of Mt Aspiring (3033m).  The route follows the line between the West Face and the steep South Face and is clearly visible from areas around Wanaka.  The crux of the route is just below the […]

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Camp 2 and the Yellow Tower

07 November 2013

The travel from Camp 1 to Camp 2 is not all that far – however it does pack in some of the most spectacular terrain I have climbed on in Nepal. The ridge itself alternated between snow, ice and rock this year however the traverse sections were free of snow which made things easier.  For […]

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To Yak Camp and Camp 1

06 November 2013

Originaly, by the time we had planned to arrive at Ama Dablam we were to have slept at 5750m on Mera Peak, crossed the Amphu Labsta and also slept at 5600m on Island Peak.  This was all changed by the storm.   Instead we arrived at Ama Dablam basecamp having reached 5300m just below Mera […]

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Ama Dablam Basecamp

06 November 2013

Arriving in AD basecamp (ADBC) was definatley a very awesome moment.  The walk up from Pangboche takes upto 4 hours and gains about 750m.  As you walk up the imposing bulk of Ama Dablam looms above you until you finally arrive in the amphitheatre like bowl that is ADBC. One of the more spectacular aspects […]

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Zatra Lha, Lukla and up to Pangboche

06 November 2013

We needed to head back to Lukla before making our way up to Pangboche and on to Ama Dablam.  All the main passes had been closed by the storm but we were planning on climbing uop and over the Zatra Lha (4500m) from Khote (3500m).  Rumors were flying about the Zatra Lha being closed and […]

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Khote to Khare – Enter the Storm

05 November 2013

This section of the journey is quite spectacular and, at times a little daunting.  Not in the technical nature of the climb (Mera Peak) ahead of you but in the size, height and temperatures that you are about to encounter.  The Hinku Valley is a fantastic and beautiful place with amazing mountains all around you. […]

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