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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 section

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.

Meetings

The Wellington Section normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the Third Eye Tuatara Brewery, 30 Arthur 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. Occasionally this pattern varies a bit so if in doubt, check the latest Vertigo (our mostly monthly digital newsletter) or go to our Facebook page. Both are linked below here.

Social Media Links

We’re on Facebook and Instagram. Our Instagram account is nzacwellington.


Snowcraft 2019 – FULL

All our 2019 Snowcraft courses are now full. You can use the link to register to go on the waitlist.

Level 1 course : Theory evening 18th July 2019, Bivouac store, Wellington. Practical weekend 26-28th July 2019, Mt Ruapehu.

 

Level 1 course : Theory evening 25th July 2019, Bivouac store, Wellington. Practical weekend 2nd-4th August 2019, Mt Ruapehu.

 

Level 2 and Level 3 course : Theory evening 8th August 2019, Bivouac store, Wellington. Practical weekend 16-18th August 2019, Mt Ruapehu.

 

Level 2 and Level 3 course : Theory evening 15th August 2019, Bivouac store, Wellington. Practical weekend 23rd-25th August 2019, Mt Ruapehu.

The registration form can be accessed here.

Level 1 Course Information

Outline

The purpose of the Level 1 Snowcraft Course is to provide an introduction to travelling in low-angle alpine terrain where snow and ice may be encountered but rope protection is not required for safety. It is designed for individuals who have little to no experience in an alpine environment and focuses on personal preparation and movement on snow.

The course covers an introduction to:

  • Personal : Fitness, clothing, food and equipment
  • Environment : Weather, terrain, snowpack and avalanche
  • Travel : navigation, on snow travel with and without crampons, use of ice axe, step cutting, self-arrest
  • Shelters : type and use
  • Emergencies and what to do

On completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify personal fitness, clothing, food and equipment requirements
  • Identify alpine terrain features
  • Recognise the main weather characteristics that affect travel, the snow pack and avalanche conditions
  • Travel on snow in low-angle terrain with an ice axe and with or without crampons
  • Identify possible emergency situations and response

 

Level 2 Course Information

Outline

The purpose of the Level 2 Snowcraft course is to provide fundamental alpine skills for travelling in low-angle alpine terrain up to 30º where a rope may be required for protection. It is designed for individuals who have limited experience in alpine terrain and are looking for an entry-level course in mountaineering. It develops on the core lessons taught in the Level 1 Snowcraft Course and introduces the use of ropes, harnesses and anchors required for protection when travelling in steeper terrain.

The course covers a developing understanding of:

  • Personal : Fitness, clothing, food and equipment
  • Environment : Weather, terrain, snowpack and avalanche
  • Travel : navigation, on snow travel with crampons, ice axe, ropes, harness and anchors
  • Shelters : type and use
  • Emergencies and what to do

On completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Correctly fit a harness
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of risk management through awareness of alpine hazards including surface conditions, avalanche danger, terrain factors and weather
  • Tie appropriate knots for alpine use
  • Set up a belay according to current accepted practice
  • Set up snow anchors
  • Demonstrate an understanding of weather in an alpine environment
  • Establish an emergency shelter in the alpine setting and begin to understanding the requirements of emergency management
  • Have a basic knowledge of avalanche phenomena
  • Familiarity and basic use of avalanche rescue equipment

 

Level 3 Course Information

Outline

The purpose of the Level 2 Snowcraft course is to provide extended couching alpine skills for travelling in moderate to steep angle alpine terrain where pitching is required to progress. It is designed for individuals who have reasonable experience in alpine terrain and are looking develop further techniques in mountaineering in order to access more routes. It develops on the core lessons taught in the Level 1 and Level 2 Snowcraft Course and introduces concepts of movement and travel over a wider range of snow and mixed terrain.

The course covers a developing understanding of:

  • Personal : Fitness, clothing, food and equipment
  • Environment : Weather, terrain, snowpack and avalanche
  • Travel : navigation, on snow travel with crampons, ice axe, ropes, harness and anchors
  • Shelters : type and use
  • Emergencies and what to do

On completion, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of risk management through awareness of alpine hazards including surface conditions, avalanche danger, terrain factors and weather
  • Tie appropriate knots for alpine use
  • Set up a belay according to current accepted practice
  • Set up snow anchors
  • Demonstrate ability to travel safely and manage risk in an alpine environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of weather in an alpine environment
  • Establish an emergency shelter in the alpine setting and begin to understanding the requirements of emergency management
  • Show competency in avalanche rescue equipment

 

Post-course Trip

A post-course trip will take place over the weekend of 6-8 September on Mt Ruapehu.

Trips

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.

View events and trips here https://alpineclub.org.nz/events/


Gear Hire

Note : Gear hire is on hold from July to the end of August due to it being used on our snowcraft courses.

The club has a number of PLBs available for section members to use – club trips have priority over individuals. There is no charge for PLBs, just a deposit. We also have ice axes, avo gear and crampons available for hire to section members only. Complete the form if you’d like to hire gear. Please give as much notice as possible for gear hire (at least a week).

Wellington Section committee

Committee Email: wellington@alpineclub.org.nz

Name Role
Simon Williamson Chair
Carolyn Ellis Treasurer
Stacey Wong Secretary
Genevieve Luketina Gear custodian
Eric Duggan Trip co-ordinator
Peter Laurenson Vertigo Editor, Section night co-ordinator
Keith Munro Club liaison
Guy Dubuis
Committee member, photo comp
Rosie Percival Committee member
Derek Cheng Committee member
Naomi Bondi Committee member
Scott Harper Committee member
John Nankervis Patron

 

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