2012 Wye Creek Climbing Marathon: 1st of its kind in Queenstown

Saturday 17th March 2012: a fun Climbing Marathon in Wye Creek There were about 40 people who gathered in Wye Creek last saturday to socialise and climb on the different crags on offer in this area. Comp started at 10am with Estelle giving away forms to teams then people climbed as many existing routes and discovered new ones too.

Sam and Estelle gave away prizes around 5:30pm and a yummy bbq got everyone chatting by the Wye Creek mouth on the shore of Lake Wakatipu till 8pm.

Cheers to Sam and Estelle for their work on this excellent event, to the sponsors: Events Centre, Small planet, Refuel cafe, Queenstown Osteopathy, Tin Goose Cafe, Petzl.

Queenstown Climbing 2012 Photo Competition

After a long time planning and prepping we would like to announce the 2012 Queenstown Climbing Club Alpine Photo Competition. All the details are in the posters below, with the small print to follow soon on a dedicated webpage.  There are 4 categories : Alpine World, Alpine Pursuit, Climbing and Portrait.

Note this competition is open to all and is not just restricted to climbing club members - it is a community initiative to promote the outdoors and encourage everyone to get involved.

The closing date is 30th June so get your cameras out and get clicking.  We have a full line up of respected judges from outside of the club who have gratefully volunteered their time, and we would like to thank all the local sponsors : Creative Queenstown, R&R Sports, Small Planet Sports, Queenstown Cameras, and the Post Office Cafe for hosting the ceremony and auction.

Please spread the word on the competition and check back soon for the full details.


Working Bee at Wye Success

New Stile at Wye Creek

Queenstown Climbing Club members and DOC track maintenance guru (Owen Hale) headed to Wye Creek on Saturday 11th February. Up there the party of ten spent time on installing a stile next to the newly built toilet and several hours maintaining the track. A sign and heavy posts together with digging gear were taken all the way to the bush line of the Wye Creek north branch to indicate walking times.

Following this good deed, helpers gathered and had a barbecue to celebrate this great cooperation between DOC and the Queenstown Climbing Club.
Thank you to Celine  Austin-Cheval and Owen Hale for organizing this working bee and to all of those who spent their saturday digging and carrying heavy tools up the Wye Creek track.

Remote toilet cleaning

Volunteers Required : Working Bee at Wye : Sat 11th Feb

SATURDAY 11TH OF FEBRUARY - 9.30AM – for as long as you canWe are looking for volunteers to donate some of your time to assist with climbing access on Wye Creek.  As you know maintaining good relationships with other parties in the region is important for our climbing and it's time to give a little love back if you can. Meet at Frankton car park, opposite Video Easy, we will then carpool (petrol will be refunded by the club).  Owen Hale from DOC will bring the required tools and tell us what to do, so we can have a better track!  We will also install a style by the toilets and a sign.

Please bring food, water, sunscreen and gardening gloves if you have! (will try to bake cookies to feed the troops…)

WE NEED YOU !!! this is a great opportunity to work with DOC and to improve the access to the climbing.

Please call Celine to register interest before 6th of February.

Celine tel : 0211636961 celine.austincheval -at- gmail.com

We’re also working with DOC on the Project Gold to enhance Kowhai at the Wye Creek area. More information to come soon.

There's been a couple of new posts in the last few days so don't forget to read the offers below!

Instruction Discounts, T-Shirts and World Bar Discounts

There's a triple decker of discounts for you today for members of the Queenstown Climbing Club.....

  • Climbing instructions at a special rate for QCC members with Rock and Rambles:- 2 Day of Alpine Rock Climbing Course for a bargain member's rate of only $140 in the week end of the 25th and 26th February. Locals Day  Sunday 12th February for just $60 If you are interested, or for further info and contact Rupert: climb (at) rockandrambles.co.nz or phone 0277219119.  I went on the ice climbing course earlier this year with Rupert so know these are bound to be great sessions.
  • World Bar QCC Cards: go to the World Bar on Shotover Street with your QCC card to get your World Bar Card then you can use your card to get drinks at half price!!!!
  • Queenstown Climbing Club T-Shirts are out.
    Order them straight from the club.
    Email us know your size(s) + shirt(s) color(s) + quantity (you can check colors at Fetch in shotover street, just remember the writing is in white)
    Price per T-Shirt: $20 (all proceeds to club)
    Pay through direct payment on club account which you can get from queenstownclimbing (AT) gmail.com Make sure you get your order in this week as there's a few of us just waiting to get our hands on them once the order is complete!

Hope that's enough to get your wallet out.  Someone once told me you have to spend money to save money but you won't need much excuse to grab up the deals above.

I hope you're getting out on the rock.....anyone get any mixed climbing in over the last few days?  ;-)


Jardines Closed due to Fire Risk

Please note that Jardines is closed due to the high fire risk in the area at the moment.  There is a sign at the entrance so please respect the area and go and bag some other areas in the meantime. If you're based here you'll know the weather has been pretty awesome recently so it will likely take a few days of rain to change the situation.  We'll let you know when we find out.  There is a fire ban in the entire area just now so remember don't be tempted if you go camping!

Happy Holidays - New Climbs and Books

Happy New Year to everyone and hope you've managed to get a few rest and play days in between the festivities.  It's been amazing weather over the last few weeks in the Wakatipu area, and a beautiful summer in Queenstown means lots of action :
There has been a fair amount of action around the Wakatipu with people sending projects, climbing faces, and new routes:
-Thomas Van den Berg did the 3rd ascent (perhaps 2nd?) of The Hurricane at Eweniverse Wall maybe grade 28/29
-Estelle Poiron climbed her line left of Hawk Wall: three Joly Elves - Grade 23.
-Guillaume Charton put up two new lines right of Admiral Wall and Hidden Wall: Le fait Accompli (17) and The perfect Drug (19)
-G and Estelle also went up Ocean Wall and added up one more pitch to their Exodus.
-Dan Joll climbed up Chinamans Bluff (Ravages of Times) with Merry in 2 hours 53min (from car park to car park). Dan also climbed up some new routes on the West face of the Remarks: Los Indignatos (70m - 19max) and ET Goes Home (140m - 20max).
-Mike Dunn, Martin Hawes and Guillaume climbed up Mount Earnslaw via the North East face and reported little snow for this time of the year.
- Renato climbed up in mid december and loved it!!!
- Mark Austin-Cheval guided clients to Mount Cook and managed to successfuly summit it and witnessed Jane Morris climbing the Caroline Face of Mount Cook and some Italian guides skiing off from the top of Aoraki Mt Cook.
- Thomas Van den Berg also sent his project: Escape to Paradise (26) in Hawk Wall, a tenuous climb!
Wye Creek is getting very popular with lots of national and international climbers enjoying the Schist! and Renato deserves a smilly sticker for walking all the way from Hidden Wall to the toilets for a special delivery :-)
Please send any more news this way!!!!
Also the the 2nd Edition of the Queenstown Rock Ice and Mixed is being written as you are reading this email. There should be hundreds of new routes, some new areas, crags and even mountains! so if you have climbed any new routes please email us: queenstownclimbing(at)gmail.com
The guidebook should be out by late 2012 / start 2013!

Merry Festive Period

Hi All, A great time was had by all on the summer solstice gathering at Wye Creek yesterday, with some even staying and having a late 10pm dinner under Proud Monkey Roof!

We'll get some pics online inbetween some festive cheer and sparkling beverages....

Here's to all of you around Queenstown and around the world, wishing you a great festive period, and a wonderful upcoming 2012!

When you're out and about, remember to take your cameras and grab some special moments....there may be some reward for some good shots in the New Year - more news on that soon.....

Have a great time everyone, and thanks for your support through 2011 - especially to club members, sponsors, committee members and everyone involved in their hard work on projects and events for the club.

Mid Summer Social : Wye Creek Thurs 22nd Dec (longest day)

All club members are invited to a mid summer social at Wye Creek to celebrate the middle of summer.  A social afternoon and evening with a little climbing, a picnic and watching the sun go down with good company. This is the turning point of the year (already!) and the days get shorter from this point on.

When:Thursday 22nd December (Mid summer's day)

Fom mid afternoon onwards, so just come up after work or spend the day up there - your choice.
Where: Wye Creek, Main Cliff
Bring: Climbing gear if you fancy a social climb, 
     Head torch to get back down the track after sun down, 
     something to share in the picnic, a drink if you fancy one 
     and warm clothes ready for the temperature drop.
Please car pool if going to drive to top car park as there is only space for a few vehicles.
Hope to see you there!

Input Required : Events Centre Community Consultation

Lakes Leisure is currently working on the Queenstown Events Centre (QEC) Master Facilities Plan for proposed developments of indoor and outdoor facilities at QEC to help meet growing demands for sports and recreation in our community. They are looking to get as much input as possible from the local community so please spare some time to do the following :

Open informal drop-in sessions are at QEC on the dates and times below :

  • Wednesday 16 November 1-2pm
  • Tuesday 29 November 5-6pm
  • Monday 5 December 9-10am

Please complete the survey by 5pm Friday 9th December

There are a few main issues they are looking at (Land use, Facilities Development, QEC Hub vs satellite sports fields) however any input will be fed into the Queenstown Lake's District Council Long Term Plan 2012/22.

The club will be representing as much as they can to discuss climbing facilities but please spare the time to contribute on all matters and put your views forward - the more people, the more valuable feedback they get.

Don't forget to read the update re: Kingston weekend below.

Kingston Trip Update : Tomorrow Saturday 19th Nov

Remember there is a club outing to Kingston this weekend.  Here's a few details regarding the trip and a slight change due to the weather forecast :
Due to bad weather on Sunday we will only climb there on Saturday then back in Queenstown on Saturday late afternoon.
We will be meeting in the car park opposite Video Ezzy (Frankton) at 9:30am on Saturday morning ready to go (it is a morning crag so best to be there early).
  • Your own climbing gear (although we will have some spare harnesses/ropes/shoes)
  • Food (lunch) + water
  • Warm clothes
This is a great place for people wishing to climb single and multi pitches (grades: 16 to 21) and to become confident climbers.
Hope to see a few of you there.

Climbing Comp at BaseCamp Wanaka - Sat Nov 26th

Wanaka Cliffhangers Climbing Club are having a competition on Sat Nov 26th at Basecamp Wanaka. Registation is at 9am, top rope social comp in the morning and a small lead comp in the afternoon. No stress and lots of fun, spot prizes etc. team and individual entry welcome.

For more info contact cliffhangers (at) basecampwanaka.co.nz.  Pop over the hill and give the Wanaka Club your support for the weekend.

Remember the weekend before that, Queenstown Climbing Club are having our Kingston Outing.

I hope you've been getting out and about enjoying the great weather after the storms!