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

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

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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