Trip Report – Castledowns Climbing Meet
By: Thomas Law
Source: Southland Section Newsletter (Dec 2017)
On Saturday 18 November this year my daughter and I went to Castledowns for a days climbing organised by Matt Humphries and the Southland section of the NZAC. We could not have picked a better day for climbing. A nice warm day and nice dry limestone to climb. This was only my daughter, Isobel’s second outdoor climb so she was understandably fizzing with excitement. And the day definitely lived up to her expectations.
Thanks to Matt she got to do her first lead climb, her second lead climb and ate mushed up BBQed fish fingers on bread for the first (and maybe the last) time. There were about twenty climbers of various skill levels about and everyone I spoke to was having a blast.
It is to NZAC’s credit that the members on the Southland section can put on such great instructional climbing days for both novices and experienced climbers. As a non climbing father of a budding climber, I’m grateful for the time and effort that the Southland section of the NZAC put in for this event.
Posted By: Narina Sutherland