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Darrans Winter Climbing Meet


A regular and popular fixture in the NZAC calendar, Al Walker is again facilitating an annual Winter Climbing Meet, based, as always, at the Homer Hut, in the Darran Mountains.

Registration of interest sooner rather than later would be appreciated. There is a practical limit to the number of people the hut , it’s facilities, and the immediate environment can handle in Winter. For this reason, camping beside the hut is not an option during The Meet. When we ask for confirmation closer to the time, space will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Please note that The Meet is not really suited to those with no Winter experience. If in doubt, contact Al by e-mail.

The Meet provides an informal and sociable venue where climbers can get together, meet with new partners, perhaps climb in an area they have never visited, and exchange views and ideas on technique and ethics. You don’t need a climbing partner to come along, no-one has ever had any trouble hooking up with one when down there. Don’t come expecting to climb only on ice. The Darrans is better for Scottish style mixed, and can be both technical and serious, but best be mentally prepared for anything. Winter climbing in The Darrans is still young, but is on a par with the best on offer anywhere.

Going to the Homer Hut is a natural choice, apart from being right beside the road, big and reasonably comfortable.  The Darrans has it all, “roadside” crags 300m high, huge unclimbed faces as big as anything else in New Zealand, peaks waiting a First Winter Ascent, what more could a climber ask! Apart from the myriad of potential new routes, the established climbs are generally proving to be well worthwhile as well.

Daylight is a bit limited in July, but the weather is often better.  Conditions on the cliffs may be a bit less snowy, but will always be “interesting”. No matter what though, there always seems to be a fair bit of climbing gets done, with the odd new route thrown in.

If you’re considering coming, you do need to be aware that the Darrans in Winter can be a gnarly place, and you might have to wait out bad weather. The road can be blocked by avalanches. Bear in mind also, that there is no nearby rescue team. Essentially, you have to take responsibility for yourself.  But don’t let any of that put you off, it’s still the best Winter climbing venue in the country.

Event Info


Homer Hut, Milford Rd, Fiordland National Park


8 July 2016 - 17 July 2016




Email Al Walker to register

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