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Setting up our winter base camp for ice climbing and ski touring in the Liebig Range.

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Ski touring Liebig Range

Not much snow yet, but we just had to get out and stretch the ski legs!

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Matthew Flynn’s article about his adventures in Antarctica are in the latest NZ Skier magazine. Matthew joined us last winter for some intensive 1:1 training in preparation for the expedition.

http://www.alpinerecreation.com/pdf/ski_touring_in_antarctica.pdf

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Thank you to Kevin, Jenny, David and Stella for all your help unloading firewood, food and generally tidying up. We just beat the big storm on Monday which brought 30-50cm snow – all is white now and looking very promising for the ski touring and snowshoeing season.

Sunset over Rex Simpson Hut. Photo: Kevin Bowie.

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The southern side of the hut roof was significantly damaged during the large dump of snow in June last year. Now that the snow’s all melted away, it’s a good time to do the repair work.

Repairing the Caroline Hut roof.

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Bruce leading the last pitch up to the West summit of Hochstetter Dome.

Bruce and Carolyn joined guide Elke Braun-Elwert for 6 days of Advanced Climbing instruction at the head of the Tasman Glacier.

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Claire admiring the view of Aoraki/Mt. Cook from near the summit of Turner Peak.

Claire joined guide Elke Braun-Elwert for 4 days of 1:1 alpine climbing instruction and an ascent of Turner Peak. Introductory Climbing Course based at Caroline Hut.

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