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Mountaineering and an El Nino Summer

25 Nov
Aoraki - Mt Cook

New Zealand sits in the Roaring forties – the trade winds that blow from west to east under Australia.  During the changes of the season and in particular Winter – Spring – Summer we get what is often called a disturbed westerly flow. This is when an approaching low brings a strong flow of NW […]

Mt Cook Grading System

19 Oct

New Zealand An alpine grading system adapted from the grades used in the Aoraki/Mt Cook Region is widely used in New Zealand for alpine routes in the North and South islands. Grades currently go from 1–7. The grading system is open ended; harder climbs are possible. Factors which determine grade are (in descending order of […]

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