Guide caters for 'explosion' of interest
Queenstown Climbing Club has put together a guide to rock, ice and mountain climbing in the region, which could be the most comprehensive guide in the country.
Authors Guillaume Charton and Mike Dunn have spent two years on the project, supported by club members and editor Melanie Heather.
The result is 222 full-colour pages of more than 850 routes and climbs between Queenstown and Mount Earnslaw, including the Dart and Rees Valleys. It is packed full of high quality photos and topos.
The men describe it as a "bible" for climbers of all descriptions with the information it contains checked and re-checked by local and national experts.
They said the last 20 years had seen an explosion in the number of routes identified and people coming to the Wakatipu region to climb.
"Wye Creek and the Remarks are the most significant area. They're significant nationally," Mr Dunn said.
The book would appeal to many, he said.
"A lot for people who are maybe advanced trampers who are ready to extend their skills into subalpine and low alpine regions, so easier climbs. There's a lot of advanced technical stuff too."
Mr Charton, who authored the previous edition, said compiling the glossy new guidebook was a labour of love for the sport.
Proceeds would go to the about 100-person club to be spent on the ongoing development of routes and conservation projects.
In partnership with Department of Conservation the club had installed a toilet a Wye Creek, planted kowhai and was now working on pest eradication.
The guide will be launched at The Find at 6pm on Saturday. All are welcome and the book, which will normally retail for $49, will be for sale for $40 on the night.
- The Mirror
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