Despite a reputation as latte-sipping, real estate obsessed urbanites, Aucklanders continue to great things in the outdoors and claim Sir Edmund Hillary as their own. The Auckland Grammar “Quarry” rockwall breeds a purist and mentally strong ethic of trad climber. Long trips down to the Central Volcanoes generate enthusiasm for the white stuff that other regions struggle to match. Visitors and residents alike will find a collegial and vibrant climbing community with a wide variety of interests.
The section organises a range of courses including;
- Basic Snowcraft: This is an introductory course focused on taking participants new to mountaineering into the mountains to gain skills, confidence and experience in the alpine environment. Held over a long weekend (Friday to Sunday), two theory nights and including a grad trip (second weekend) to practice your new skills and gain confidence this course is a great way to develop a love of alpine environments.
- Basic Navigation: This is an introductory navigation course with the intention to go beyond basic map and compass work
- Avalanche Awareness This course is NZ Mountain Safety Council (MSC) accredited introductory level course. It is the first step to understanding avalanches and gaining an appreciation of the avalanche phenomenon, and what is required to make decisions regarding personal safety when traveling in avalanche terrain.
The section runs a range of trips throughout the year. Find out more about upcoming trips here.
The Auckland and Central North Island Sections are responsible for the Ruapehu Hut maintenance programme.
The following equipment is available to NZ Alpine Club members:
- Crampons – flexible, suitable for stiff leather boots or plastics (NOT suitable for soft boots)
- Ice axes – very light, straight axe
- Helmets – light & comfortable, one size fits all, different colours!
- Avalanche transceivers – easy-to-use, suitable for all trips in avalanche-prone areas, e.g. Mt Ruapehu
- Shovel and Probe part of the essential avo kit.
Contact our gear officer on [email protected] to see what equipment is available and to confirm pick-up and drop-off times.
For large groups, please make one collection and drop off.
Charges are $10 each item over the weekend or $20 for any 7-day period. A bond of $50 per item is requested on pick-up (please have cash ready). The bond will be refunded when an item is returned in good and clean condition.
- Pick-up is after 8 pm on Thursday night.
- Gear must be returned between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm on Tuesday night, or by arrangement. Otherwise, $10/day extra charges apply for each item.
For full details on our committee please see our website here
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