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Capturing Art: The Life and Art of Austin Deans

September 19, 2012
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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 of our neighbours. They were almost a status symbol, after all, Austen was a...

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2012 Next Magazine Woman of the Year

September 18, 2012
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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!

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Dozens Killed in Tajikistan Battle

August 20, 2012
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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 violence in the former Soviet republic since its civil war ended in 1997. The...

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Check out this article on my friend, Tamotsu Nakamura.

June 27, 2012
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See the article here.

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An invite to the Banff Mountain Festival

June 21, 2012
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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 speak at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, in November. Pat’s autobiographical...

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Climbing overseas in the 2000′s

January 6, 2012
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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 modicum of ice) being put to good use and Kiwi climbers challenging themselves to...

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Abandoning the sinking ship

September 9, 2010
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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. New Zealand is used to earthquakes, as it sits on a mesh of fault...

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1999-2001: Canadian Ice Climbing

May 3, 2010
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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 Polar Circus Pat and Jonathon climbing above Emerald Lake

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2002: Alaska: Northern Exposure

April 21, 2010
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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 of the steep ice-clad rock faces and knife edge ridges of this pyramidal peak...

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2010: 'Full Value' article for Alpinist Magazine (edition 30)

April 11, 2010
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March 2009: emails bounce back and forth across the climbing world, each with a ricochet of questions: Did you hear the Taliban have invaded the Swat Valley? Are you still going to Pakistan? What do you think? Will we be able to get into the country? Out of the country? Are the media blowing...

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2009: Tecnology is on my side!

March 26, 2009
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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 backside and slide. But this is what happens when you hit middle age, I...

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