Author: patd

And another bike…

I have replaced my Yamaha WR250 that was stolen. One came up for sale in Wellington, and as they seem to be as scarce as hens teeth, I nabbed it. An older cheaper model than my last bike, but in…

Exciting news, new bike!

My exciting news is that I have bought a bike in Ireland for my overland trip next year. This is a huge weight off my mind as I was drawing a complete blank as far as shipping a bike from…

The rocky road to becoming an adventure motorcyclist

My fledgling adventure motorcycling career has had a few hiccups recently. Last weekend (easter) I headed off south on the Suzuki DR650 intending to go to Fairlie, then over Hakataramea Saddle, down the valley, over Dansies Pass to Clyde and…

Reinventing myself

Giving up something that’s been the driving force in my life for the past 40 years has been a monumental move for me. The writing has been on the wall for the past decade, but it was only after an…

New Zealand Hindu Kush Expedition (Pakistan) 2014: Langua-tai-Barfi 7017m

Thankyou To start with I want to thank a number of people and organisations: Firstly, my climbing partner Chris, without whom we wouldn’t have got as high on the mountain as we did. Secondly, Abdur Razaq and Proffessor Karim Baig…

New Zealand Expedition to the High Hindu Kush

Its just over a month before Chris Todd and I head off to Pakistan to potentially make the first ascent of the South Face of Langua-tai-Barfi (7016m) (above) and if all goes well, the first ascent of the South West…

2014 New Zealand Expedition to the High Hindu Kush, Pakistan

Objectives: Unclimbed South Face of Langua-tai-Barfi ( 7071m) Unclimbed SE Face of Shakawr (7016m) Summary Summary The objective of this expedition is to make the double first ascents of the South Face of Langua-tai-Barfi (7071m) and the South East Face…

That God made mountain tops

At midnight, snow is patterned glass. Diamond bathroom window glass. Our crampons spike its surface with command. It stirs ambition as the halo of our torches spot the mountain walls. A fissure here, a jag’d rock there, a crevasse, a…

Climber in a storm

The mountain casts a shadow like a net, it’s reach as vast as an ocean. It hauls in the sombre glaciers, subtle pathways, lapping ridges, valleys of complacency. He climbs the mountain into a sky as clear as a pearl,…

The visitor

It came in spring with the stealth of a worm, as insidious as mold, as sly as a ferret, slunk out of the ditch and onto the road, sidled up the drive and in thru’ the door, slipped down the…

Everest 1953. The Epic Story of the First Ascent. Mick Conefrey.

Nowadays, climbing Mt Everest has become almost a rite of passage for those who want packaged adventure and can afford it. Who can forget the images of the hundreds of climbers queuing for the summit that inundated the media last…

Four Aspects of the Compass: Eastern Promise

THE RAMSAY FACE OF MT WHITCOMBE. Slightly built, reserved and with a disarming smile, Guy McKinnon doesn’t give the appearance of being New Zealand’s most active solo climber. He used to work as a museum host, managing to save money…

Four Aspects of the Compass: Northern Exposure

THE NORTH BUTTRESS OF MT HOPKINS Paul says he’s not mentally tough enough to match the ‘really top guys,’ but admits that over the years he has notched up a solid reputation for making first ascents in the less obvious…

Brief how-to-do-it to the Afghan Hindu Kush

This information is collected from my two expeditions to the Afghan Hindu Kush Range; the first in 2011, which resulted in a successful ascent of Koh-e-Baba-Tangi (6530m) and the second in 2012 which resulted in an ascent of Koh-e-Rank (approx…

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (updated)

If there’s a place so remote, so lost, that the seeds of curiosity don’t grow, it is the Wakhan Corridor of North East Afghanistan. Abandoned by government and severed from the rest of the world by geography, politics and ignorance,…

South Ridge

In 2011 there was a big national debate in New Zealand on whether to rename the South Ridge of Mt Cook the Hillary Ridge in remembrance of our iconic Sir Ed who’d died the year before. There was a country-wide…

Review of Joy of the Mountains by John Wilson

On Sunday 19th June 1966 four young men from Christchurch set off to climb the Otira Face of Mt Rolleston, an alpine route considered technically challenging and arduous for the era, and one the climbers approached with caution. When they…

Jetboil Flash Review

I have owned a Jetboil bivvy stove since 2005, used it primarily on expedition climbs at altitude where weight is an important factor, and mainly for melting snow and boiling water for drinks and de-hi/ instant noodle meals. I recently…

Review of Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald

Freedom Climbers By Bernadette McDonald After the commercialized palaver and generated news to come from the 2012 Everest season, it’s inspiring to read a different story in Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald. The book tells of the post WW2 achievements…

Review of ‘A Day to Die For ‘ by Graham Ratcliff

Since the ill-fated Everest guiding season of 1996, there have been numerous books written on the storm that killed eight people on the mountain on May 11, including Kiwi guides Rob Hall and Andy Harris. So my first reaction to…

Article on me and my North Canterbury family in Essence Magazine.

Fifty-three-year-old mountaineer Pat Deavoll, who grew up on a farm in North Canterbury, has been climbing for more than three decades in the Southern Alps, the Canadian Rockies and Alaska, and the Greater Ranges of Asia. In spite of severe…

South Ridge

South Ridge By Pat Deavoll In 2011 there was a big national debate in New Zealand on whether to rename the South Ridge of Mt Cook the Hillary Ridge in remembrance of our iconic Sir Ed who’d died the year…