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about the region

 

Wellington is famous for the breeze that’s been known to pick up from time to time but perhaps not so well known for being a rock climbing destination. In truth the greater Wellington region provides a range of rock climbing opportunities for climbers at all levels and all within easy travelling distance. From the bouldering opportunities at Baring Head to some other delightful seaside climbing, Wellington has a lot to offer. When it comes to alpine climbing, generally you will find Wellington climbers heading north to the Tongariro area and across to Taranaki or making the trek to the South Island. The Tararua range in the winter also provide climbers with a chance to get their crampons and axes out.


The section

The Wellington section of the NZ Alpine Club has a large, active membership. The section runs both rock and alpine courses each year and provides support to enable members to develop their climbing skills through subsidised club trips. An annual photo competition takes place in the middle of the year providing budding photographers with an opportunity to show off their skills and be in for a prize or two.

 

Meetings

The Wellington section meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm at the Southern Cross Garden Bar and Restaurant in Abel Smith Street, Wellington. Generally the evening will consist of a brief update from the committee, a presentation from a climbing personality and an opportunity to chat and network with other section members over a drink.

 

Courses

Summer Rock runs each year and includes 6 indoor training sessions and a couple of weekends away. A number of alpine courses are run each winter based at Tukino ski-field. Three levels of courses are available from an introduction course teaching moving safely on snow through to our intermediate course which introduces students to pitch climbing.

 

Trips

The club runs a variety of trips in both the North and South Islands. Trips are pitched at different levels to provide opportunities to those who are just starting out as climbers through to those climbers with more experience. Tukino is proving to be a popular destination for rock, general alpine and ice climbing as well as ski touring.

 


Gear Hire

The club has a number of PLBs available for section members to use – club trips have priority over individuals. We also have ice axes, helmets, avo gear and crampons available for hire. Email wellington@alpineclub.org.nz for details on booking out gear.


 

Committee

Name Role Email
Simon Williamson Chair Wellington@alpineclub.org.nz
Eric Duggan Co-chair, trip co-ordinator Wellington@alpineclub.org.nz
Carolyn Ellis Secretary / newsletter editor Wellington@alpineclub.org.nz
Mark Leslie Treasurer Wellington-treasurer@alpineclub.org.nz
Aviette Musin BANFF organiser, avo expert Wellington@alpineclub.org.nz
Mark Johnston Committee member Wellington@alpineclub.org.nz

 

 

Summer Rock 2016

Once again, the Wellington Section are running their Summer Rock course. This course is very popular so, if you’re interested in getting into outdoor rock climbing register ASAP.

More information can be found here : Summer Rock Info

If you’re keen to register please complete this form.

 

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