Unwin Easter Rock Meet 18-21 April 2014

2014 Unwin Rock Meet 

Rock Meet Info - Application Form


Multi-Pitch and Transitions Rock Course

Course Info - Application Form

Route Development and Bolting Course

Course Info - Application Form

A Day's Alpine Rock Ascent with Jane Morris

The Sebastopol Slabmaster Challenge 


After the success of the inaugural Rock Meet, we are organising a 4-day festival of rock climbing based at Unwin Lodge in Aoraki Mt. Cook. The Sebastopol Bluffs have 79 routes established up to 165m high and are unparalleled in NZ for honing your multi-pitch rock techniques.
There will be guest speakers, movie nights, workshops and instructional courses.

The cost of the meet includes your camp fee, accommodation at Unwin Lodge, a barbeque, guest speaker night and entry into the Sebastopol Slabmaster Challenge if you so dare. Spaces are limited and acceptance will be on a first in first served basis.

The rock meet is an opportunity for climbers to get together to climb, socialise, explore and enjoy the great outdoors. Non climbing family members are welcome at the camp. Members of overseas alpine clubs are especially welcome to attend.


The rock meet is held at Unwin Lodge, the flagship of the NZAC hut network

Registration Fee

NZAC  member $100.   Non-members  $150.

Registration covers 4 nights accommodation at Unwin Lodge, a BBQ and all rock meet events apart from the two courses which are optional extras.

A registration form can be downloaded here or you can have one posted to you by contacting the NZAC Office by phone (03) 377-7595.


Courses and Events:

Multi-pitch and Transitions Rock Course

As many rock climbers know, more serious accidents occur while you are at the top of a climb than while you are moving up it. This is a vital course for anyone who wants to be able to move from indoor leading to outdoor sport and multi-pitch climbing.

The Multi-Pitch and Transitions Rock Course (MPTRC) is a two-day course designed for those who already have some lead climbing experience, either indoors or outdoors. Ideally participants would have completed a lead climbing course at a local climbing gym and been assessed as able to lead climb and belay, or have equivalent experience on rock.

We are lucky to have one of the most experienced rock instructors around, Dave Brash, run this course for on behalf of the NZAC.

Course fees: $280        Course Info     Course Application Form

Route Development and Bolting Course

Experienced guide and prolific new-route developer Murray Ball has offered to lead a two-day trip to a “secret” underdeveloped climbing area and show how to equip a new alpine rock route. Course includes a helicopter flight in and hardware for bolting.

4 experienced rock climbers will be accepted on this course.

Course fees: $380        Course Info     Course Application Form

A Day’s Alpine Rock Ascent with Jane Morris

We are stoked that super mountaineer and guide Jane Morris has offered to let a group tag along on an alpine rock excursion with her, either on the 18th, 19th or 20th depending on the weather. Places on this trip will be allocated based on experience levels, we will try to get 4-5 climbers who are comfortable with multi-pitch rock but want to see how it is done by the pros.

Anyone who read the last Alpine Journal will know that what Jane considers a day trip is very different from normal humans, but even if she is taking it easy a high level of fitness will be required to keep up!

Course fee: Koha to Jane for petrol costs

The Sebastopol Slabmaster Challenge

Some manner of crazy multipitch speed toprope competition is being devised for one of the days. Thanks to Aspiring for providing some prizes for the event.

Alpine Rock Routes in the Aoraki Area

Jane Morris will give an informal presentation about some of her favourite rock routes in the Mt. Cook region on one of the evenings.




General Climbing

The camp organisers will have a list of all the participants and their reported levels of experience on rock. They can help to match up climbing partners at the camp.

If you are coming down with friends and you are able to let a stray tag along and give them a catch, then great – let us know on your application.


Risk Management

There is risk associated with traveling and climbing in the New Zealand mountains. You are expected to take responsibility for your own safety and take appropriate action to preserve other peoples safety when appropriate.  With a higher volume of traffic at multipitch crags there comes an increased risk of injury from rockfall. Please take extra care when on route, yell like a crazy person if you dislodge anything and wear a helmet if you are anywhere near the crags.


Meet Start / Finish

Your entry fee covers accommodation on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April, there will be social events of various degrees of informality on each night. Most people will aim to travel down on the Thursday evening and back home on the Monday.

MPTRC Application Form 2014.pdf216.42 KB
RDBC Application Form 2014.pdf214.01 KB
2014 Unwin Rock Meet Application Form.pdf222.25 KB
MPTRC 2014 Information.pdf120.52 KB
RDBC 2014 Information.pdf85.22 KB
2014 Unwin Rock Meet Information.pdf302.74 KB
MPTRC Application Form 2014a.pdf120.28 KB