History

Terms of endearment  The Poor B#ast@rd

In my early years in New Zealand, even my father-in-law gave me a hard time for being a public servant and a Pommie. You take these things on the chin and realise, eventually, it’s a type of Kiwi bloke-humour and probably well meant.

Illusions  Mt Aspiring in 12 minutes

The summit ridge climb shown in the film was the real thing. What doesn’t show is that the NW ridge wasn’t accessed direct from Colin Todd hut. We put in fixed ropes on the Therma face of Mt Aspiring because the director ‘didn’t want any footprints’ on the ridge. The whole crew dropped off the NW ridge into the Therma, traversed, then went vertically up to the NW ridge.

Safety  In the Mountains

FMC's guide to all things mountains was first published in the 1930's. Shaun Barnett has a close look at Safety in the Mountains, to see how advice has changed through the decades.

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