Its an incomparable
sensation to be high on a wall, moving with precision on the edge
Your concentration is focused on a crucial move and in that one
perfect moment you deftly swing up and lock onto the handhold.
Rock climbing was once an activity reserved for mountaineers but
is now well developed as an independent sport. It is a safe,
exciting and challenging activity within the capabilities of most
New Zealand rock climbers pursue several different disciplines. Bouldering, the simplest form involves climbing on
boulders or along the base of a cliff. Sport climbing
means fast ascents using fixed bolts in the rock face. Aid
climbing involves placing and removing protection devices
as you climb. Alpine rock climbing is climbing in
remote, high altitude areas. Another form is indoor
climbing, which is available at many venues throughout the
country, where you hire shoes, chalk bags, harnesses and
carabiners and climb on artificial walls.
Rock climbing areas in the North Island include the Mt Eden
Quarry in Auckland, Whanganui Bay on Lake Taupo, Piarere near
Cambridge and Wharepapa near Te Awamutu. South Island areas
include the Port Hills above Christchurch, Castle Hill near
Arthurs Pass, Long Beach north of Dunedin as well as longer
extreme routes in the Darren Range in Fiordland.
The desire to climb is natural for most adventurous people and
moving up a near vertical rock face with body and mind working in
harmony is a great thrill.
While youre here why not give it a go. Theres no
better way to get high downunder.