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Team updates

Backyard and Beyond coming home

The Backyard and Beyond team gave it a great shot. The summit remains unclimbed, but they showed great courage and determination. Sport NZ Hillary Expeditions are often difficult. They are usually world-first attempts and therefore tough to triumph over entirely. more »

Applications open for 2014 – 2016 expeditions

The Hillary Expeditions are all about carrying on Hillary’s tradition of setting lofty goals, having a good shot at it, and inspiring others in the process. more »

Kiwi adventurers to take on the untamed ‘White Wave’ in Nepal

Dunedin’s Paul and Shelley Hersey will lead the expedition to Anidesha Chuli, also known as The White Wave. John Price will be the third member of the team. more »

Climber falls short, but not giving up

Neelu Memon has announced she has postponed her attempt to climb the 6960 metre peak of Mt Aconcagua, in Argentina.

“Unfortunately I have not been able to secure sufficient funding for the climb. I was really excited to attempt the expedition, but it is very expensive. Unfortunately the costs of climbing with my disability is effectively more than double that of a regular climber who employs a guide. more »

Mayan begins Yosemite climb prep in US

Mayan Smith-Gobat has arrived in Yosemite Valley, where she’s soon to begin with a few acclimatising climbs. Mayan’s sent though a recent update on schedules and general progress.  We also present a video fly-over of the awesomely sheer face of the Half Dome.   more »

Christine Burke on getting into the outdoors

Fresh from climbing Pakistan’s Gasherbrum I and  Gasherbrum II, climber Christine Burke offers tips for those  looking to get into the outdoors.  more »

Gasherbrums tour (video)

Update 30 July 2013:  Christine and the team have now summited both mountains.   more »

Christine nears Gasherbrums launch

As her expedition start, mountaineer Christine Burke updates us on preparations to become the first New Zealand woman to reach the summit of both the Gasherbrum 1 (G1) and the Gasherbrum 2 (G2) mountains on the Pakistan-China border, without using bottled oxygen.

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Ben Dare talks about the White Wave rescue

National Radio’s  Kathryn Ryan recently interviewed White Wave‘s Ben Dare about his rescue of Scott Blackford Scheele. more »