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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.

Tour with respect  Make room

Sometimes the back country terrain behind the ski field can get a few groups at once. Local Craigieburn Ski Guide Anna Keeling offers some thoughts and advice on how to avoid putting each other at risk as you enjoy your foray from the safety of the ski field.

Barnsey's guide to  QEII Covenants

Do you know your parks from your reserves? Which ones might be swapped tomorrow, which will be there for your grandchildren? Understand the legalese behind the land parcels that collectively constitute our public conservation land.

Mt Taranaki  Better late than never

By Mike Carter. "In the early sixties, as imported teachers from the UK, Di and I were sent on separate courses – hers involved New Plymouth and Science, mine Auckland and Mathematics. As a result she climbed Mount Taranaki and I bore a twinge of jealousy for over fifty years that I hadn’t."

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