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Aaron, Caroline Blaikie, Danilo Hegg, Nina Dick- erhof and Jono Squire climbed Dragonfly Peak from Albertburn Saddle and traversed the ridge to Mount Eostre before dropping back down to the Matukituki opposite Glenfinnan Stream in mid February.

Aaron then climbed Mount Earnslaw via the standard route with Oli Jepsen. Caroline Blaikie came too, but was feeling ill on summit day and had to turn around. A great weekend defined by gourmet food and great company!

Early March saw more fine weather, so with an- other awesome forecast, Aaron, Danilo, Nina Dickerhof and Jaz Morris headed back up the Matukituki with the intention of climbing Mount Avalanche. After walking into Aspiring Hut on Friday night, the team headed up French Ridge and summited the French mountain before wandering over and setting up camp at the base of the West Ridge of Avalanche. After a spectacular sunset over the Kitchener Cirque, and a bit of a sleep in (Gotta love these rock routes!), the crew climbed the West Ridge of Mount Avalanche – a really fun slab, cut by cracks and ledges, going at about Grade 10 most of the way. After the compulsory summit

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photos, they did four abseils and a bit of scrambling to get off the hill before packing up camping and descending back down the valley.

Arawhata Saddle (photo: Danilo Hegg)

The day ended up by being a longish one, with the team not getting back to the cars ‘til around 9.45pm. A top climb!

Aaron Whitehead

New NZAC Webpage -In Memoriam

As the current NZAC Journal index only goes up to 1987, an ongoing obituary index has been created covering from 1988 until the present day.

These articles have been a valuable resource not only as a memorial to our members, but as a record of their contributions to climbing in New Zealand.

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