about the region
Wellington is famous for the breeze that’s been known to pick up from time to time but perhaps not so well known for being a rock climbing destination. In truth the greater Wellington region provides a range of rock climbing opportunities for climbers at all levels and all within easy travelling distance. From the bouldering opportunities at Baring Head to some other delightful seaside climbing, Wellington has a lot to offer. When it comes to alpine climbing, generally you will find Wellington climbers heading north to the Tongariro area and across to Taranaki or making the trek to the South Island. The Tararua range in the winter also provide climbers with a chance to get their crampons and axes out.
The Wellington section of the NZ Alpine Club has a large, active membership. The section runs both rock and alpine courses each year and provides support to enable members to develop their climbing skills through subsidised club trips. An annual photo competition takes place in the middle of the year providing budding photographers with an opportunity to show off their skills and be in for a prize or two.
The Wellington section meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6pm at the Southern Cross Garden Bar and Restaurant in Abel Smith Street, Wellington. Generally the evening will consist of a brief update from the committee, a presentation from a climbing personality and an opportunity to chat and network with other section members over a drink.
Summer Rock runs each year and includes 6 indoor training sessions and a couple of weekends away. A number of alpine courses are run each winter based on Ruapehu. Three levels of courses are available from an introduction course teaching moving safely on snow through to our advanced course which introduces students to pitch climbing.
The club runs a variety of trips in both the North and South Islands. Trips are pitched at different levels to provide opportunities to those who are just starting out as climbers through to those climbers with more experience. Tukino is proving to be a popular destination for rock, general alpine and ice climbing as well as ski touring.
The club has a number of PLBs available for section members to use – club trips have priority over individuals. We also have ice axes, helmets, avo gear and crampons available for hire. Complete the form if you’d like to hire gear.
Snowcraft Courses 2017
We’ve scheduled the dates for our winter Snowcraft courses at Ruapehu as follows :
|21-23 July||Beginner level Snowcraft course – Mt Ruapehu|
|28-30 July||Beginner level Snowcraft course – Mt Ruapehu|
|18-20 August||Beginner / Intermediate level Snowcraft course – Mt Ruapehu|
|25-27 August||Intermediate / Advanced level Snowcraft course – Mt Ruapehu|
Application forms and more information on the levels of courses will be made available soon so keep an eye on our Facebook page and your email.
Wellington Section committee
Committee Email : email@example.com
|Eric Duggan||Co-chair, trip co-ordinator|
|Carolyn Ellis||Secretary / newsletter editor|
|Michael Neely||Committee member|
|Alex Waterworth||Committee member|
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