Thursdays = Social Climbing!

Thursdays social climbing: come to meet locals and newbies at the club weekly social outing.

photo-25Check on the club facebook page for the latest location or email us. We usually leave from 5pm in Queenstown or Frankton.

The game is simple, 1.Get together - 2.Go Climbing and just enjoy crags in and around Queenstown. (You will need your own gear to play) See you there!


New Guide Book Launch Party! 21st Sept

Queenstown Climbing Guidebook Launch After two years of in the making, hundreds of hours spent on gathering data, reviewing old and adding new climbs the new Queenstown Rock,Ice and Mountains is out very very soon!

The guidebook is at a special launch price of $40 and this is the only time and location this will be offered at this significant discount from retail price.


This guidbook is a complete rewrite, with over 200 pages in NZ's first full colour guidebook.  There are new crags, new mountaineering sections, andour own aerial photographs which are the best in any guidebook for NZ.  You have to see this book to believe the changes.

Everyone is welcome to come along to celebrate this ultimate guidebook for the Queenstown region. Launch party is at The Find (53 Shotover Street-Queenstown), Saturday 21st September from 6pm.  Bring a group along.

Drinks and nibbles also on special and there will be a Quiz and fun comp with prizes to be won. So come along and bring friend and family.

This will be the biggest event of the year for climbers in Queenstown.  Please come along and show your support and thanks to everyone who's been working so hard for the last two years.  As always, the funds from this book go straight back into climbing related projects throughout the Wakatipu region.

Help us make the biggest event and party we've ever thrown!  

You can help spread the word by downloading the poster and putting up at your place of work, clubs, cafes etc.

See you on Sat 21st September, proudly supported by out our great friends at The Find.

Twizel Climbing Comp - 18th May 2013

Twizel Climbing Wall are having a competition over the weekend of 18-19th May.  The club will be using some of the generous donations from the X-Wye event to fund some youths to go up and compete from the Youth Climbing Fund. Please register your interests with the club.

Climbing Disciplines : Top rope Climbing - Saturday,  Lead Climbing - Sunday Entry Fee : $10.00* (cash) each day. Pay at registration desk. Late entries $15.00 Register now at… or *Registrations open from 10.30 am – 11.30 am each day; full briefing at 11.45 am. Competition starts at 12 noon.


If you can't make this event, please come along and help out with some Pest Control at Wye Creek on Saturday 18th May.  See Pest Control post for more information.

Wye Creek Pest Control - Saturday 18th May - 10am Wye Creek bottom carpark

The Climbing Club in collaboration with DOC is organising a day in Wye Creek where stoats traps will be set up. 35 trap boxes (weighing 8-10kg each) will be deployed up the valley to locations that have already been marked out by DOC staff. Ray Molloyand few others from DOC will be present.
It would be awesome to get some volunteers to help carry trap boxes to the designated spots.  Specific pack frames can be provided by DOC but if you have your own overnight packs (that you're happy to use), it would be good to bring them along as one or two boxes can usually be secured under the straps of most larger packs.
This day is part of the Pest Control project that DOC has been implementing in few areas to decrease the ecological damage to native fauna and flora.  The Climbing Club is happy to participate in that environmental  framework.
Please let me know if you have any questions and if you would like to volunteer for this day (a confirmation would be good as soon as possible as we can inform DOC about the group size).
It would be great to see some new faces helping out at this event.  This is planned to be a recurring event to maintain and service the traps, so please indicate when you contact us if you'd be prepared to help at future events as well as we really want to show commitment to DOC who have been a great help to the club over the years, and to your climbing.
Contact us at with Wye Creek Pest Control at the subject.

Wye Creek Climbing Marathon Rules - This Saturday!

At great effort here's a bunch of rules for this weekend's 'Into The Wye' climbing marathon.  Yup, there's rules, but it's all to keep it above board, keep the fun and make it more open for every level of climbing...whether you flap around, or glide up with moves as slick as a ballet dancer.  You can also download a copy of the rules as a PDF by clicking Wye Creek Climbing Marathon Rules


The Rules

Time and location

  • Climbing starts no earlier than  11am and finishes at the latest by 5pm
  • Parking is limited so we are aiming to carpool at the bottom car park at 10am
  • Wye Creek is 13.8km from the Kawarau Falls Bridge. There is a Doc sign on the gate on the left. The lower car park is 200 meters up the dirt road –accessible by 2WD vehicles
  • Camping is not allowed

Food and drink

  • This will not be provided until the BBQ , which is scheduled for after the event – you must let us know beforehand if you want to attend ($10 charge)


  • No littering PLEASE. There is a toilet at the top car park, please us this as we are on DOC/private land


  • Reserve day Sunday 18th March - if it is raining. If both days are wet, we have the option to hold a mini marathon indoors. Please keep an eye on the website for updates.

Aim of the Day

  • This is a fun event for all levels. You can climb as much as you want.
  • Your aim is to get as many team points as you can. The concept does not necessarily favor the hard core climber, as climbs will be scored according to the following – difficulty, height, top-rope/leading and location.  That’s right, the further the climb from the upper car park, the greater the points
  • You need to plan your day - how much can you do, what grades can you successfully climb and should you top-rope or lead? If your team prefers to walk a little further to climb some easier routes, where more points can be gained go for it. If you think you can climb a few harder routes all day, go for that. The aim is to optimize your score in the best way possible, and work as a team.  Most of all have fun.

Climbing rules

  • You must sign the waiver and collect your score card before starting at the upper car park.
  • You must be competent at belaying and leading (unless you are top-roping only). If you want to top rope, you can follow up after a leader on a top rope they have put up.
  • You must supply your own gear (or be in a team with gear) - including a rope (a 50m will do for most climbs), 12-15 draws, harness, shoes and a helmet are recommended.
  • Your team will be given a score card and a pen before 11am. You cannot leave the upper car park until 11am. Do not lose your card and we are relying on HONESTY when filling it in.
  • You must climb as a team of two or three - we have allowed this for the more inexperienced climbers or those not wanting to lead to join up with others. If you are coming on your own we will do our best to team you up with an experienced pair, remember this is a fun event, but not instructional. YOU MUST BE COMPETENT AT BELAYING if top- roping.  If you are more experienced and want to help a less experienced climber out, that would be great
  • You will be scored as a team, although we will be looking for the individual who scores the most points.
  • Each person in the team can climb any number of routes in the allocated 6 hours, but only once (you are only allowed on the route once), either on lead or top rope. Your scores will be added together at the completion of the day.
  • If you are leading, you must clip the chains and have climbed the route without hauling on any draws or the rope to deem it a success.
  • You must us all the hangers.
  • You can have as many attempts while on the climb, including resting, working and falling on the route, but it must be climbed fully to be a success. Once back on the ground you cannot climb it again. Remember the longer you spend on a climb, the less time to do others and get those valuable points
  • You are responsible for cleaning your own route and retrieving your gear.
  • If you are top-roping you must touch the chains but cannot be hauled. You can rest as often as you like but are only allowed on the climb once.  Please note that if another climber is waiting to do the route, be respectful of this
  • Once you have successfully climbed the route, you are not permitted to climb it again, so choose carefully and pace yourself. You are responsible for cleaning your own route and retrieving your gear.
  • There will be no multi-pitching or natural pro routes


  • All 50 climbs included in the event will be marked (at the bottom) with a number, which will correspond to those on the score card.
  • The scorecard will give you information about the following
    • Degree of difficulty (NZ grade)
      • Easy – 17 and under
      • Moderate 18-20
      • Harder 21-23
      • Difficult 24-27
      • Location of climb via a topo map
      • Number of draws on climb (always take extra)
      • Climbs score (top-rope and lead)
      • If you require a 60m rope (routes will be marked with an * on your card).
  • Scoring will be based on these elements as well as, its length and exposure factor
  • If a climb is unmarked, it is not in the event and will not contribute to your score
  • Please note that this is a fun event and you may not agree with how some climbs have been scored. We want everyone to have a great day and to achieve their goal, so we have based this on the abovementioned elements, rather than just difficulty alone….rogaine style for something a little different.


The major and minor (after 5pm) spot prizes will be drawn at the end of the day. You must be present to be eligible.

Looking forward to seeing a bunch of you up there on Saturday.

You can download a PDF copy of these rules by clicking the following link :

Wye Creek Climbing Marathon Rules

Jardines Treasure Hunt Report

Jardines Treasure Hunt

On Sunday the 19th the club organised a Treasure Hunt at Jardines boulders after kind approval by the owners.

Aiden, Sorcha, Conrad, Tyler, Tama, Thomas, Oli, Seb & Josh came along with their parents. They were all very excited about running through wet thistles and climbing onto the rocks to stamp their cards! Some were very fast to finish!
The morning was very relaxed and everyone left with a little present. Feedback was "must do it again". I don't know about your child, but Celine's was asleep as soon as she hit the road, so must have been a fun morning!
Thank you all for coming, and Celine and Sally for organising it and setting it up.

Note that Jardines remain closed due to fire restrictions until further notice and thanks again to their owners for letting us have access and introduce the youngsters to climbing.


Kids Treasure Hunt : Jardines Sun 19th Feb

Queenstown Climbing Club is organising a Treasure Hunt at Jardines Boulders (this is a private property and will be opened only for this event) for our children from 2 to 8 years old. When: Sunday the 19th of February – from 10.30am to 12.30pm

The plan: a Treasure Hunt will be organised for about 1 hour, children will have to climb up and down boulders, with sometimes a little bottom push in order to find the stamps needed to fill up their cards.

Healthy Food and drinks will be provided. Awards will be given to all participants!!

What to bring? hiking/running shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, warm clothes if needed, extra food if needed.

Children need to be accompanied. I hope to hear from all mums and dads from the Queenstown Climbing Club! no excuses ! Pass the word around... as friends of members who have children and are interested to join up can do so too:-)

Please register BEFORE THURSDAY the 16th of February by email celine.austincheval (at) or by phone Celine 0211636961 or 442-9290, so I can organise the Goodies – Goodies... Any questions, give me a shout!

NB: Jardines Boulders will be closed again straight after the event due to fire restrictions until further notice.

Remember to register before 17th Feb otherwise there's a risk this will be cancelled if there's not enough numbers - take your kids along for a fun intro to climbing and bouldering!

Erik Bradshaw Talk - Skiing the Long White Cloud

Erik Bradshaw has recently returned from the first ski traverse of the Southern Alps and wil be talking about his experiences at the Queenstown Events Centre this Thursday 24th November 7-9pm. If you haven't read some of the press coverage of his trip, as you can image the trip was a huge challenge.  As well as the physical and mental challenges, Erik had to invent his own equipment to deal with the journey. This should be a great talk and I'm sure it will have some superb stories and images from the 800km trip.

Erik Bradshaw - Skiing The Long White Cloud