Open Climb 2016 is Saturday February 13th 2016.
The reserve day is Sunday February 14th 2016.
Should conditions be unsuitable on Sunday the Open Climb will be abandoned
On Friday night, we'll place a notice on our homepage that a decision is pending on the Open Climb going ahead.
Saturday morning at 5am we'll update this with either the Go or No Go for the event so plan to be up early and checking our webcam and website!
How to get there
Parking on the mountain is limited:
- Follow our Facebook page for updates, tips and help.
- arrange to car pool with others in your own group
- we have a Facebook event page where you can arrange car pooling with
others on the Open Climb as well
- arrange to be dropped off at North Egmont Visitors Centre (this
works best) as parking is limited
- fill the car park from the bottom, parking as closely to the car
next to you as you can (ignore the line markings). DOC will have closed
off some car parks.
- parking on the road, please park as closely to the bank as possible.
- TAKE CARE when walking and driving on the road early in the morning.
You need to arrange to leave early enough to arrive at
Tahurangi Lodge by 7:00am when the first party will leave; our last party
will depart no later than 8:00am. The only public toilets are in the DOC
building in the carpark, and 150m below Tahurangi Lodge.
On the Climb
Detailed photos of the trip can be found on our Facebook page in our
Key Locations album.
- You'll be placed into parties of twenty and escorted by a Party crew
of at least two members of the Taranaki Alpine Club.
- We will have medical and other specialist teams on the
mountain all day, and all are in constant radio communication.
- The summit of the mountain has special cultural significance
to Tangata Whenua (local Maori/Iwi).
The Important Stuff
- For safety reasons, the Club reserves the right to send anyone down
it believes is unfit to complete the climb.
- If you have a medical condition that may potentially affect you on
the climb, we need to know beforehand.
- We reserve the right to decline your participation or to refuse
participation on the day, of anyone coming unprepared.
The Taranaki Alpine Club reminds you that
mountaineering can be hazardous. The Club takes due care to manage and
minimise the risks but cannot eliminate them. Of the many inherent risks of
mountaineering, the risk of being hit by falling rock, falling/stumbling,
lack of fitness, underlying health problems and the effects of adverse
weather are the most likely to adversely affect participants. If you are not
able to meet the requirements detailed here, or are unable to accept the
risks, do not participate in this Open Climb. The Club does not accept
liability for any personal accidents, personal injury, equipment loss or
equipment damage on the Open Climb.
What you'll need
- 2L of water - you should take at least two litres of water on the trip from the Lodge to the summit
- Sun hat
- Sun block SPF15+ and lip sun block.
- As an option, we recommend an old, long-sleeved business shirt
- Raincoat or weatherproof jacket.
- As an optional extra, we recommend over trousers or leggings
- Jersey or jacket of insular material
- Warm hat or balaclava
- Warm trousers or track pants
- Woollen mittens or ski gloves
- Lunch and snacks
- Sturdy footwear is essential. We recommend tramping boots with good ankle support.
What might help you
◊ Trekking poles: great knee savers. Consider a short pair of ski poles.
◊ Putties/gaiters: these stop the stones getting in your boots when coming down.
◊ Camera: brings the sun out.
◊ First aid kit and plasters for any blisters. At the slightest hint of foot rubbing or pressure points, apply
a plaster before blisters develop.
◊ Pack and Porters. Someone somehow has to carry all this stuff! Porters must register as well.
If the weather stays fine, shorts and a shirt maybe all the clothes you need when starting out. However, it can easily change for the worse requiring all
of the warm and weatherproof clothes you have. Come prepared. Warm clothes should be woollen or fleece. Cotton is unsuitable because in soaks up and
holds sweat and rain. If the temperature drops, the damp cloth removes body heat rapidly.
DOC have prepared a
which is a really good one-stop-shop for information on access, the mountain and the summit climb.
DOC also have information on their website about the
Summit Track as well as general information on safety, weather and maps.