Tuesday Night Climbing Off to a Great Start
With a run of fine spring weather, Tuesday Night Rock Climbing has got off to a great start. In the first four weeks, we have been to three local crags with a good mix of beginners and experienced climbers. Last week there was an enthusiastic response to the new routes at Mapoutahi and this week the smaller group was introduced to lead climbing on the bolts at Lady Thorn Dell.
We meet at alongside Logan Park at about 5.15 to organise where we are going and to arrange shared transport; then leave at 5.30 sharp to make the most of the long evenings. Over the summer we try and visit as many of the local crags as possible, depending on the numbers and skill of those attending and the weather forecast for the evening.
These nights are ideal for those new to climbing in Dunedin as they are a great introduction to the local crags and to others who like to get out on real rock. Although formal instruction is not available, there is usually a good mix of climbing skills at these evenings and a willingness to pass on knowledge about climbing, crags and routes.
As a committee, we’ve decided to buy a range of equipment to help first timers get started and hope to have new harnesses and helmets within the next couple of weeks. These will be free to use for first timers or Alpine Club members, but other users will have to pay $5 per week to hire the gear.
Everyone is welcome to come along on a Tuesday night so even beginners can come to check out the sport before investing in gear. If you have any questions, or would like to be added to the weekly text update, please text Lindsay on 027 404 8911 or check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NZAC-Otago-Section
Posted By: Sefton Priestley