Open Climb 2014 is FULLThe annual Open Climb event for the public will be held on February 15th
The reserve day will be Sunday February 16th.
Get training now, and check back here, or our
Facebook page for updates.
If you need to know anything at all, email us at
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!
do you need to do it?
The climb of Mt. Taranaki/Egmont is a physically demanding challenge of at
least ten hour’s duration.
Participants must be physically fit.
If you are not used to this type of physical activity, you should be
training prior to the climb. We recommend regular long walks and tramps with
plenty of hills.
Register early - numbers are limited.
to get there
Arrive at the North Egmont carpark at the top of Egmont Road.
You need to leave here by 6:00am to head to Tahurangi Lodge.
There are public toilets in the DOC building in the carpark.
Detailed photos of the trip can be found on our Facebook page in our
Key Locations album.
There is a public toilet 150m below Tahurangi Lodge.
The first party will leave Tahurangi at 7:00am.
On the Climb
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). To respect their beliefs please do not stand on
the summit block.
The Important Stuff
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
◊ 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 option, 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
◊ Drink: you should take at least two litres of water on the trip from
the Lodge to the summit
◊ Sturdy footwear is essential. We recommend tramping boots with good
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
◊ Camera: brings the sun out.
◊ First aid kit and plasters for any blisters. At the slightest hint of
foot rubbing or pressure points, apply 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
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.
Be considerate of other mountain users on the day (we don't take over the
mountain for the Open Climb; it's still business as usual!). DOC recommend
car pooling where possible.
Some events have been so well attended the North Egmont car-park has been
choaked to a standstill.
We'd really appreciate your help if you are able to organise carpooling or
arrange for drop off and pick-up on the day.
Kiwi Outdoors New Plymouth
If your looking for gear, or are in New Plymouth and want advice, see the
Team at Kiwi Outdoors; they're New Plymouths
They have really friendly staff who can help you with purchasing or hiring
gear for the event.
Drop in and see them, or email
Their locaton in Ariki Street is handy to central New Plymouth, and they
have customer carparking available right next door!
Click the pin, or zoom in for details.