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Recent ascents

06/03/14: Congratulations to Jo Morgan on another 3000m summit - Mt. Tasman with guide Wolfgang Maier.


30/01/14: Our latest newsletter is out! Happy reading :)

Newsletter #12 - January 2014

↑ 25/01/14: Bruce Lyman on Hochstetter Dome, ADC 20-25 January. More photos...


Summer Trekking & Climbing

Our glaciers have been enjoying more-than-usual snow and climbing conditions are holding up well this summer. Get in quick for our remaining courses. One space left on the Advanced Technical Course 22-27 February.

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Alpine Recreation Canterbury Ltd was founded in 1981 by UIAGM-qualified Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, who pioneered the Symphony on Skis route, the Jubilee Fitzgerald-Copland Pass route, and achieved many notable climbing feats, including a winter ascent of Cerro Fitzroy, ascents of all New Zealand's 3000m peaks in one winter and ski traverses of the Patagonian Icecap and Alaska's Denali. One of Gottlieb's most rewarding guided ascents was with double-amputee Phil Doole on Aoraki Mount Cook. His safety research into short-roping and snow anchors continues to influence current climbing practices.
New Zealand's former Prime Minister, Helen Clark, now head of the United Nations Development Programme, continues to come back year after year to do trips with Alpine Recreation, especially ski touring.