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Trip Report – Kawakawa Bay

Source: CNI Newsletter (Oct)

By Michael Donovan

Looking around the NZAC AGM and 125th Anniversary Dinner in Christchurch on the Weekend you could easily be mistaken to think climbing is on the way out, with just Jaz Morris (Otago Chair) and I representing the under 25 age bracket. Thankfully, the weekend before was Labour Weekend and 70-80 climbers made the commute from Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Palmerston North, France and Chile to Kawakawa Bay for a rad weekend of climbing.

We were a mixed bunch, with Auckland University Rock and Alpine Club (AURAC) and Massey University Rock and Alpine Club (MURAC) represented by about 25 climbers each. The remainder was the mix bunched of souls that have come together over this year, representing the North Island and organising themselves through Facebook events and a flurry of messages each Thursday (normally telling the Aucklanders to man up and ignore the weather forecast).

With so many people, it’s near impossible to remember everything sent. But highlights have to be Rafael and I accompanying 4 Frenchman up the Odyssey (3 pitch trad route, Grade 22) in 3 hours, then listening to the epic of 5 AURAC Members taking 7 hours to climb Captain Caveman (3 pitch sport route, Grade 20).

Posted: 17/11/16

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