Category: This and that

Capturing Art: The Life and Art of Austin Deans

Capturing Mountains: the life and art of Austen Deans, by Nathalie Brown. Wily Publications, Christchurch, NZ, 2011. Coming from the North Canterbury set of old farming families, it wasn’t uncommon to see paintings by Austen Deans gracing the living rooms…

2012 Next Magazine Woman of the Year

Check out the nominations for the Next Magazine Woman of the Year Award. I’m near the bottom, in the Sport category, along with …my God! Irene van Dyk, Temepara George and Barbara Kendal!

Dozens Killed in Tajikistan Battle

Government Attacks Onetime Islamist Stronghold, Targeting a Border Official It Accuses of Smuggling KABUL—Heavy fighting erupted in the Tajikistan city of Khorog after central government forces confronted local commanders, with dozens of people reported dead in some of the worst…

An invite to the Banff Mountain Festival

Top Kiwi Mountaineer invited to prestigious mountain fest Monday, 11 June 2012, 3:32 pm Press Release: NZ Alpine Club 11th June 2012 Top Kiwi Mountaineer invited to prestigious mountain festival Kiwi Alpinist and Mountaineer, Pat Deavoll, has been asked to…

Climbing overseas in the 2000’s

There’s no doubt the standard of technical mixed climbing in New Zealand has been boosted recently by the dedicated efforts of the Remarkables aficionada. It’s good to see this previously disregarded medium (ie. steep, rotten rock glued together with a…

Abandoning the sinking ship

At 4.35am last Saturday the city I’ve called home for the past thirty years was hurtled into wakefulness by a 7.4 earthquake. On the Richter scale, this is the same strength as the earthquake that flattened Haiti, just weeks ago.…

1999-2001: Canadian Ice Climbing

To be completed…. Pat Deavoll on the crux pitch on Sea of Vapours, Mt Rundle. Climbing Firedrake, in the Jasper area. Climbing O La Tabernac, Ice Fields Parkway. O La Tabernac, Ice Fields Parkway Pat on the crux pitch of…

2002: Alaska: Northern Exposure

An ascent of the Colton/Leach Route on Mt Huntington (3731m), Alaskan Range. ?Although it is 8000ft lower than Denali many climbers consider Mt Huntington to be the most beautiful mountain in the Alaskan Range, and anybody getting the shortest glimpse…

2009: Tecnology is on my side!

I had the first inkling something was wrong about seven years ago. My knees and ankles started to hurt walking down the hard ice of the Hooker glacier, and I didn?t want to jump crevasses, preferring to sit on my…