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After spending a week in Mt Cook National Park for our High Alpine Skills Course in November, Jordan and I were eager to put our latest mountaineering and glacier travel skills to the test during our Christmas holiday in the South Island. Our guide, Paul Rogers, had recommended a 2+ route...

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We have spent the last two winters acquiring mountaineering skills with the New Zealand Alpine Club to enable us to get into the mountains and explore on our own on future expeditions. Earlier in the year we spent 2 weekends with the NZAC up on Mt Ruapehu learning the...

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This winter we have had some great mountaineering experiences and have taken a few more courses with the New Zealand Alpine Club to further our skills. After a successful summit of Girdlestone on Mt Ruapehu in the North Island, we decided to make our next adventure a bit more advanced...

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After completing our Intermediate Snow Craft course with the New Zealand Alpine Club in August, we were keen to put our multi-pitch rope skills to the test on one of Mt Ruapehu’s most challenging peaks. Girdlestone (2,658m) sits high on the south-eastern side of Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand’s North...

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Jordan and I have really enjoyed getting into mountaineering. Being immersed in snow-capped mountains just feels at home to us and as we build our experience and training, we continue to look for more ways to challenge ourselves and tackle some of the adventures on our ‘alpine bucketlist’. Camping...

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If there’s one thing that’s been on Jordan’s mountaineering bucket list it was camping up on the crater on Mt Ruapehu. We waited weeks for a good weather window and it finally arrived after a week long cold snap across New Zealand. The snowy week nearly foiled our plans though as...

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Mueller Hut has been on our ‘must do’ list for quite a while now. Located at 1800m on the Sealy Range in Mount Cook National Park, it provides 360 degree views of glaciers, ice cliffs, vertical rock faces and New Zealand’s highest peaks. With our newly acquired mountaineering skills,...

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Ever since we climbed Mount Taranaki last summer it’s been on our list to tackle it in the winter once we had enough confidence and experience with mountaineering. Waiting for the right weather window, we finally saw an opportunity at the beginning of December and made a last minute decision...

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After an exciting first Mountaineering experience up at Mount Ruapehu, we were eager to get up in the mountains again. So when the Wellington Section of the NZ Alpine Club put out the call for folks interested in climbing Te Ao Whekere – the 2nd highest peak in the...

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If there’s one thing we’ve always wanted to get into (especially Jordan) it’s mountaineering. With little to no options close to where we grew up in Canada we were excited to learn that New Zealand has an alpine club (NZAC) that is the perfect way to get into the...

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