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Blake

[TR] Wanaka - New Zealand- 3/19/2006

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Climb: Wanaka - New Zealand-

 

Date of Climb: 3/19/2006

 

Trip Report:

 

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Last weekend myself and a few buddies, including a Tacoma Mountain Rescue guy who posts on here and is studying at my university, headed out to central part of the South Island for some cragging and to get info on alpine conditions for upclimbing climbs. Most of the area climbing is single-pitch sport, but a few really quality crack climbs can be found as well.

 

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The area around Queenstown and Wanaka is a lot like central Oregon. Dry hills leading up to large peaks, and all kinds of outdoor activities (ski/hike/climb/bike/flyfish) within a short drive of town.

 

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We managed to get in about 22 or 23 routes in a day + a morning of climbing before our hands were raw and our arms started to fail us.

 

I've been introducing some friends to climbing, but forgot the course on 'rope management.'

 

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And choice free camping!

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Gear Notes:

standard rack. Sharp stick to keep angry sheep and Keas at bay.

 

Approach Notes:

watch out for the electric fences!

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hey i've climbed at least one of those routes!

wanaka is famous for wine. i hope you drank a bottle or so

and went for a pie at kai whaka pai

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Don't forget to climb Aspiring while you are there. Great photos, thanks for the flashback.

 

Yeah the wine is good as well!

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We managed to get in about 22 or 23 routes in a day + a morning of climbing before our hands were raw and our arms started to fail us

 

WOW good on you,

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Nice photos.

Looks like the Tombstone area. I remember that rock being

harsh on the hands. If you get to the north island, you should climb at Whanganui Bay. It's hard to find, but Bryce at the rock climbing shop in Wharepapa can give you directions/guide books. FYI the climbs around Wharepapa are alot like Smith--lots of nubbins.

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