NZAC - Canterbury/Westland

NZAC - Canterbury/Westland


I found a red down jacket high up in Good Luck Creek this morning, below Mt Franklin. If it’s yours let me know and you can be reunited!
A few others and I will be camping on Foggy Peak (or nearby) on Saturday night. Everyone's organising their own snow gear, tent, and food. Meeting at Sheffield Pie shop at 2pm. Hopefully some whiskey, some tunes, and some calm dark skies. Anyone interested, please send me a message. :)
A few weekends ago, Francis and I got out to climb Temple Buttress. Incredible day with some spicy sections!! I'm glad I wasn't leading.
Day 2 beginner snowcraft course
And bridget's head-first self-arrest
Few pics from today's beginner snowcraft course
Hi All, Hi All! There are spaces on a 7 and 5 day Mountaineering courses on the 7th and 14th September. contact [email protected] or if interested. All food, Accommodation supplied, technical equipment available for rent. Discounts do apply if you're interested.
Gday, would anyone know where there’s some ice for Ice climbing around Arthur’s pass way?
Mueller Hut this weekend? Hi all, I’m looking at heading to Aoraki Mount Cook NP this weekend, and head up to Mueller Hut Sat and down Sun, assuming conditions allow. Anyone keen to join and take the planks for a walk? Looking to leave ChCh tomorrow arvo and stay at Unwin Lodge tomorrow night. The forecast looks pretty good at the mo, but if the weather/avi conditions aren’t great on the day then I’ll just stay low and do some wanderings up Hooker Valley or similar. Happy and confident with all things avalanche-related, but this is only my second season touring so won’t be looking to ski anything too hardcore...
Had a great club trip to Mt Somers on the weekend. Beautiful conditions for the summit on Saturday without too much post-holing on the way down to Woolshed Creek.😆
The gear buy sell evening at Riccarton High school hall is going off! Still time to get here and get some good deals!!
The biggest thing this thursday

The Canterbury and Westland section of the New Zealand Alpine Club Canterbury/Westland is the New Zealand Alpine Club's largest section, based in Christchurch.

The objectives of the Club are to encourage mountaineering, rock climbing and allied activities, and the enjoyment and conservation of mountain regions; and to bring together those interested in climbing. The Club aims to provide services for climbers, protect the interests and safety of climbers, and promote climbing activities.

Mission: "Perge et Perage" is the Club motto, suggested by Leonard Harper, the New Zealand Alpine Club's first President, back when the Club was founded in 1891. Its meaning: "Take Action and Pursue our Goals with Enthusiasm"

Operating as usual

The American man who became a porter on Everest After teaching himself Nepalese, adventurer Nate Menninger took on the challenge of becoming one of the first non-native porters on Everest and documented the experience on film.

New Zealand Alpine Club

The NZAC's High Alpine Courses for 2020 still have spaces available for the following dates:
10th - 15th November
8th - 13th December
15th - 20th December.

Join likeminded NZAC members to learn the skills to travel safely on glaciated terrain and lead climbs on New Zealand’s high alpine
peaks - all under the guidance of experienced NZMGA Guides.

Open the door to your next alpine adventure with the NZAC's Instruction Programme.

Photo: Michael Wilson - 2019 HASC Participant

[10/12/20]   FOUND - Macpac jacket in Good Luck Creek, below Mt Franklin at the weekend (10/11 Oct) Still in good condition. Please send us a private message if this is yours and we will put you in contact with the finder.

Banff Mountain Film Festival is just two weeks away... GONE TOMORROW IS A bourbon-fueled ride deep into the bushy hollers of Appalachia with a crew of harmless misfits as they race to search out and climb new ice routes before they’re gone. Checkout programme and ticket details at

Feeling like a bit of an adventure? Check out these guided trips happening soon. For inspiration, read a write up from Andrew Tyrrell who was on one of the winter guided trips.

Gripped Canada's Climbing Magazine

Watch a new tribute film to the late Guy Lacelle, one of the world's greatest ice climbers. From eastern Canada, he went on to solo nearly all of the country's most bold ice routes...

Mt Fyffe - in search of snow....again !

Recent club trip to Kaikoura with the idea to provide another easy/moderate trip for those new to using ice axe and crampons, wanting a nice over night camping trip or just as a good fitness walk.
Well, two out of three ain't bad - no snow to talk about again but a spectacular viewpoint to overnight camp and a good work out with full packs on as a 1400m height gain.
Thanks to Paulina W, Loic C and James M( and for driving ) for coming along.

A double set of staples have been installed by the C/W section of NZAC, either side of the access gully ( where the static rope hand line runs down ) at the Footwear Wall at Cattlestop Crag.
These have been placed at ground level in order for instructional groups and others to use as practice anchors.
There are now four sets of training anchors at this part of the crag.

[10/09/20]   Hi Folks.
A reminder about our rock courses as in the advertising.
If I haven't responded to your email within 48hrs, please text me in case there has been a technical issue or your email has gone to my spam mail.
There have been several emails for the first two courses not picked up on because of technical issues.
Like wise - check your spam mail in case I have replied and it has gone there as I have sent replies to people over a week ago.
Clayton Garbes.
Summer instruction co ordinator.

The clubbies: Will New Zealand's club skifields survive? Generations of families have grown up skiing New Zealand's unique club fields. But can they survive warming temperatures and Covid-19?

Darren Berrecloth

A massive big mountain descent. You can tell how much fun I had on this one!

Broken River Ski Area

Yaaassss, we are night skiing on Friday night. Come enjoy some lush turns, authentic Hawaiian Pizza, and beers on tap. Self-catered accommodation available at BR & Whitestar Lodges (email [email protected]). We will do our best to run the tram from 3:30pm to 6:30pm and again about 9:30pm to 10:30pm. #nightskithefriendlyone

Check out the Guided Club Trips for Spring in the post below and by going to this link for more details!AvkEm3RKSorZgvYF6nudJc_oNNj0cA

Make sure to check out this month's newsletter. There are lots of things happening - our monthly talk, BANFF, courses, Dunedin adventure weekend, and guided trips. Plus, read some great reports on our winter instructions courses completed recently and trips some of our members have been on.

VIDEO: The Scottish Crack House (Better Than Indian Creek!) - Rock and Ice Tom Randall said it... this place is better than Indian Creek! The Wide Boyz head to Edinburgh and meet Robbie Phillips to sample some of the finest roof crack climbing around on a crag that's never wet.

OENZ- Outdoor Education New Zealand

Happy Tuesday everyone, just sending out a message to our adventuring community as we need your help.

A couple of weeks ago an OENZ a Grivel Nepal Ice Axe (red) made a break for it in the Broken River Area. It was lost in a section of bush around Mt Wall from BR access rd. There is a small OENZ engraving under the head of the axe on the shaft.

While a total long shot as we have no idea where it departed our crew (and it was an off-track bush bash)...we would like to see it if out on your travels you happen to come across this escape artist and are able to reunite it with the rest of the OENZ ice axe family, it would be greatly appreciated.



Broken River Ski Area

UPDATE 09:20! Hurray for Huey! It's snowing solidly right now with 20 cms overnight... and we're anticipating much more to come. Broken River is getting ready to open our doors again. We're aiming to be open Wednesday but keep on eye out as we might just open Tuesday afternoon. Cross your fingers, toes, eyes, limbs and skis for enough snow to run the tows.

Catered and self catered accommodation available. Book by emailing [email protected]

Look forward to seeing you real soon.


The HARDEST Crack Climb Ever Built? This climb is harder than the recent crack we set with Magnus Midtbø. The Wide Boyz made some adaptions to Tom's cellar to build what could be the hardest in...


Throw back to when Nina Williams started trad climbing...


We've more than doubled the yoga classes in our timetable, added new styles of classes, welcomed three new teachers, and introduced a new $29 p/w unlimited membership with access to all yoga classes, the fitness gym and the bouldering area.
More yoga, more often, and the best deal in town!! 🔥🔥
Upgrade your exisiting membership easily online, or come see us at 199 Ferry Rd to start a new membership.

Red Bull

Danny MacAskill, you sir, never fail to amaze us...

Timelapse: Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell's "Nose" Speed Record (1:58:07) On June 6, 2018, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell set the Nose speed record on El Capitan in 01:58:07, fulfilling Honnold’s “lifetime goal” of a sub-2-hour Nose ascent.

New Zealand Alpine Club

NZAC High Alpine Skills Courses 2020
Registration Open
Take your mountaineering skills to the next level through the NZAC's High Alpine Skills Course.

The NZAC’s High Alpine Skills Course (HASC) is designed for enthusiastic intermediate mountaineers who are looking to learn the skills to travel safely on glaciated terrain and lead climbs on New Zealand’s high alpine peaks.
We have a reduced number of courses running in 2020 and so early registration is advised.
Visit for all the information and to sign up!
Photo: Clare Shepherd– 2019 HASC


Whitewater paradise in Gorges Du Verdon with Nouria Newman
📸 Red Bull


Join one of the UK’s top climbing physiotherapists for a one-off introductory workshop in injury prevention and rehabilitation for rock climbing.
Andy Scott from Pathway Physiotherapy will host this special event on Saturday 3 October, 11.00am-12.30pm at Uprising.
The focus for the workshop will be an introduction to breathwork, mindset and neuromuscular activation for boosting climbing performance.
Members price is only $30. (Non-members $40). Spaces are limited so reserve your spot now. Book online at or email us at [email protected].
For more about Andy see


Level 1! 🥳😁
Phew. We made it to Level 1. Ka pai NZ. 👌
Thanks so much for bearing with us through the Level 2 restrictions. 🙏
We're very pleased to now welcome everyone to come climb any time we're open.
Group bookings are back on, supervision ratios for kids are back to normal, and yoga classes are back to full capacity.
For full info please see
Let the rad times roll .... 😎💪

Don't forget to keep checking our events coming up on our events page - courses, trips, talks, adventure weekends and BANFF!

'Wunderful' day for a climb.
Over to Lyttleton and the Wunderbar Wall for some cragging today.
Thanks to Cecilia and James S for coming along and good to see several others climbing there as well.
More info on the climbing there can be found on

Everest Today

Born on this day, 1944.09.17; Reinhold Messner, Italian (South Tyrolean) climber, who was THE FIRST PERSON, WHO ASCENDED ALL THE FOURTEEN EIGHT THOUSANDER MAIN PEAKS. He ascended Nanga Parbat twice (1970 and 1978), Manaslu in 1972, Gasherbrum I twice (1975 and 1984), Everest twice without bottled oxygen (1978 and 1980), K2 in 1979, Shisha Pangma in 1981, Kangchenjunga in 1982, Gasherbrum II twice (1982 and 1984), Broad Peak in 1982, Cho Oyu in 1983, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I in 1985 and Makalu and Lhotse in 1986. Later in 1986 he finished the Carstensz- and Kosciuszko-versions of the Seven Summits.

Info: Photo ©: Roberto Carnevali.

Banff Mountain Film Festival - New Zealand

17 Screenings, 8 Venues, 3 programs and 1 good cause!
Join us at one of our 17 screenings to be inspired in front of the big screen!
The 2020 Banff Mountain Film Festival - New Zealand kicks off on 23rd September and we'll be coming to a town near you!

We've got three programmes packed full of adventurous tales from across the globe featuring climbing, skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, slacklining, snowkiting, surfing and trailing running! Come and enjoy these tales and support the work of the New Zealand Alpine Club. Each screening is run by volunteers and all profits raised go directly to support the work of the New Zealand Alpine Club - A voice for climbers in Aotearoa.

Tuesday, 13th October 7.30 pm RED PROGRAMME
Thursday, 15th October 7.30 pm BLUE PROGRAMME
Sunday, 18th October 7.30 pm RED PROGRAMME
Monday, 19th October 7.30 pm BLUE PROGRAMME

Saturday, 17th October 7.00pm
Tickets Coming Soon

Friday, 16th October 7.00 pm GREEN PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 23rd September 6.00 pm RED PROGRAMME
Wednesday, 30th September 6.00 pm BLUE PROGRAMME

Friday, 9th October 7.30 PM RED PROGRAMME
Saturday, 10th October 7.30 PM BLUE PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 28th October 7.00 pm RED PROGRAMME
Thursday, 29th October 7.00 pm BLUE PROGRAMME
Friday, 30th October 7.00 pm RED PROGRAMME
Saturday, 31th October 7.00 pm BLUE PROGRAMME

Thursday, 24th September 7.30 pm GREEN PROGRAMME

Wednesday, 23rd September 7.00 pm RED PROGRAMME
Thursday, 24th September 7.00 pm BLUE PROGRAMME

Due to the recent extension of Covid Alert Level 2 we have rescheduled our Christchurch Screenings. The new dates are:

Wednesday, 28th October – Red Programme
Thursday, 29th October – Blue Programme
Friday, 30th October – Red Programme
Saturday, 31st October – Blue Programme

Ticket holders have been emailed with further details regarding ticket transfers and how to request a refund. We appreciate your understanding and patience.

If you still need to purchase your tickets, checkout our events page for details!

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Virtual Club Night 4 - Graham Zimmerman
Virtual Club Night 2
NZAC Virtual Club Night 1
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