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Climbing in the 1960s - Alex Parton

Apart from 2 seasons spent in Fiji and the Antarctic, Alex spent 13 summer seasons between 1958 – 1972 and 1976 climbing in the Southern Alps – mostly in the Mt Cook region. During that time he became the second person to climb all of NZ’s 31 x 3,000m peaks.

In the mid 60’s he joined the Auckland Section’s 1967 Andean Expedition to Peru and made 3 first ascents and 6 second ascents by new routes in the Cordillera Carabaya. This trip was followed by climbs in the USA (Yosemite) and Canada.

Come join Alex as he shares some of New Zealands climbing history with us. A look at the 1960s in New Zealand mountaineering, with an overview of the equipment commonly in use at the time.