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North Otago

about the region

 

North Otago offers scenic bouldering at Elephant Rocks, and easy to moderate mountaineering and ski mountaineering in the St Mary’s Range. The Southern Alps can be accessed via the nearby Ahuriri, Hopkins and Dobson Valleys.


The Section

The North Otago Section is the smallest in the NZAC. The section has a rich history with many first ascents by members over the years. Members have contributed greatly to hut building, hut maintenance, overseas expeditions, and club affairs. In 1952 North Otago Section Member and NZAC President Harry Stevenson wrote the letter of endorsement for a young Edmund Hillary to be a member of the 1953 Everest Expedition.
The Section has core group of climbers who remain very active rock climbing, alpine climbing, ski mountaineering, overseas climbing, and alpine botanising.


Meetings

Section meetings are usually held 3 or 4 times a year, depending on the availability of guest speakers, but members meet at The Climbing Wall twice weekly. An annual Christmas Barb-B-Que and Bouldering evening is held at Elephant Rocks. See the latest newsletter below for more information on upcoming meetings.


Courses & Trips

The Section does not run formal courses or trips. Local members meet and arrange many private trips in NZ and overseas.


Climbing Wall

The Waitaki Community Recreation Centre ‘Rock Wall’ is run by the section.  It is open on Tuesday 8-10pm, and Thursday 5-6.30pm. Members receive a 25% discount. Click here for full information: Rock Wall.


 

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Contacts

Chairman

Hugh Wood

034370349

Instruction

Rob Connolly

021894427
vertventures@gmail.com

Section Rep

Nick Shearer

02102342436
shearer@es.co.nz


Hut Responsibilities

Elcho Hut, near the confluence the Elcho Stream and the Hopkins River, is the responsibility of the North Otago Section. Annual hut work parties are held, usually in mid-winter.


Gear Hire

Avalanche gear – 4 sets includes Ortovox M1 transceivers, shovels and probes.  Members $5/day, Non-members $10.  Courier costs additional.

Black Diamond Raven Ice axes  x4. Members $5/day, Non-members $10.

Personal Locator beacon – free hire to local members, booking essential.

Newsletters

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Queenstown Rock, Ice & Boulders Guidebook Launch

Right in time for summer, we are pleased to announce the release of the Queenstown Rock, Ice and Boulders guidebook…

23 November 2018

Elcho Hut 80th Birthday Party

A group of seven volunteers recently celebrated the 80th birthday of the mid-winter building of the Elcho Hut in 1938…

18 June 2018

Events

Queenstown Rock, Ice & Boulders Guidebook Launch

Queenstown Rock, Ice & Boulders Guidebook Launch Right in time for summer...

14 December 2018

NZAC National Summer Climbing Camp - TUKINO 2019

Photo: Hamish King on File Under Easy Listening (24),Tukino. Credit: Tom Hoy...

8 February 2019

Courses

NZAC High Alpine Skills Courses 2018-2019

Photo credit: High Alpine Skills Course 2017 - Tom Hoyle More details and...

1 November 2018

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