Long Beach Rock Climbing Meet
By: Clayton Garbes
The annual Long Beach Climbing meet is now in its third year as a combined event with the Otago section of the NZAC and this year we had between 35 and 40 attend from around the South Island (and in one case, one super keen climber who flew down from Wellington!). Once again we based ourselves at the Long Beach Community Hall where everyone met up between Friday evening and Saturday morning and enjoyed two days of fine weather while climbing at various crags around Dunedin. On the Saturday, people headed to Long Beach and Mihiwaka to climb where a variety of both trad and sport routes from grade 13 upwards can be found, so something for everyone. Some people had various projects they wanted to do, for others who did the C/W sections trad courses this summer, it was a chance to practice on some more trad leads, while others were keen to try the numerous sport routes on the beach. Those who went up to Mihiwaka were treated to a trad only crag, 35 metres and overhanging and with grades from 13 upwards. On the Saturday evening, we had close to 40 people attend the bar b que at the Community Hall and it was a great social occasion. For myself, it was tinged with a little sadness as the inspiration behind the weekend and getting people together of all ages and abilities to climb in Dunedin – Calum Hudson, had sadly passed away in August last year but we raised a toast in his honour and had a night of celebration and friendship as Calum would have loved. On Sunday, the various groups once again headed out to Long Beach and Mihiwaka as well as two who climbed at Doctors Point and a handful who went to Mapoutahi. So overall another successful weekend and great to see people from all over and different nationalities attend.
Highlights for me over the weekend was seeing 17 year old Jarrod Alexander onsight the mega classic grade 22 ‘Crime and Punishment’, two of the Ladies who attended the trad course recently – Mayumi Horiguchi and Frances Boyson( all the way from Wellington ), leading heaps of trad routes over the weekend, and everyone enjoying the company and encouragement from others at the Meet. Thanks go out to Jaz Morris from the Otago section as co host and organiser, Edna and John Wheeler from Long Beach who look after the hall and all those who attended as well as helping in various ways. As a result of the attendance, $125 was raised for each section to go towards there local crag repairs and maintenance.
Posted By: Narina Sutherland