about the region
The provinces of Canterbury and Westland cover a vast area and have a huge interest to any lover of the outdoors. From vast tracts of the southern Alps, numerous ski-fields and more rock-climbing crags than anywhere else in New Zealand. Most serious rock climbers in NZ eventually gravitate to Christchurch, where after-work cragging and day-trips to Castle Hill/Flock Hill are possible. The sheer quantity of weekend mountaineering trip available to anyone living in Canterbury/Westland is limitless.
Canterbury/Westland is the Club’s largest section, based in Christchurch, which also happens to be the location of NZAC National headquarters “The Home of Mountaineering”. Christchurch has always had a strong base of climbers and club members, with diverse interests. The Section enjoys a historical and friendly rivalry with their blue-collared counterparts in the Canterbury Mountaineering Club (CMC) and has in recent years had a combined Christmas function. The Canterbury/Westland section looks after the Arthurs Pass Lodge
Anyone is welcome to attend the regular section evenings held (usually) on the second Thursday of the month at 8 pm in the Oxford Baptist Church, 286 Oxford Tce (corner of Madras St), Christchurch. The easiest way to get there is by travelling north on Madras St, sticking to the right-hand lane and just before Kilmore St, turn right into Oxford Tce and drive into the carpark at the back of the church.
The section runs numerous trips throughout the year and is a great way to meet people and get into the outdoors.
The Canterbury Westland Section has a comprehensive programme of instruction covering rock climbing (Summer) and snow craft (Winter). Keep an eye on the Section Newsletter for details
Mid-week Rock Climbing
Runs weekly on various evenings. It happens, indoor or outdoors, depending on the weather. An email is sent out to the climbing group at the beginning of the week with details about when, where and who is organizing it. You are also welcome/encouraged to use the climbing group to organize climbing at any time, including weekend trips.
We are also looking for a few more people who are willing to run a mid-week climbing session from time to time. Please put your hand up if you are able to help. Email: Clayton Garbes or text 027 446 1562
The mid-week group are mainly fairly mature mountaineers who still manage to plod up a few peaks, usually on Wednesdays, depending on the weather. If you are interested in joining us, please email Pat Prendergast or phone 337 0 079 o
The contents of the C/W Section library can be found online here: http://bit.ly/CWLibrary (Note: There is a list of DVDs on the second tab of the spreadsheet).
If you would like to borrow a book or DVD then please email John Roper-Lindsay and he can arrange a good time to meet – preferably at a Section meeting. You must have a current NZAC membership card to borrow and we will take a $10 refundable bond for each DVD borrowed. We expect books to be returned within 2 months of the date of borrowing, and DVDs within 2 weeks, and returned either at a section meeting or to John.
Chairperson and NZAC Governance Board Section Rep
Jim Petersen email
Adam Humphries email
Richard McGill email
John Roper-Lindsay email
Instruction Coordinator/Rock Climbing Coordinator/Mid-week Climbing
Clayton Garbes email
027 446 1562
Maike Chan email
John Roper-Lindsay email
Helen Liley email
021 209 6757
Arthur’s Pass Lodge
John Henson email
Nick Dragunow email
Shannon van Til email
Grant Piper email
Lindsay Main email
Section NZAC Accommodation Committee Rep.
Phillip Tree email
Winter Gear Custodian
Francis Smith email
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