2015 February 7th

Registrations are now closed!
We don't have a waiting list, make sure you register early for Open Climb 2016!

Our event will be held on Saturday February 7th 2015 (Waitangi Weekend) - the reserve day will be Sunday February 8th.
On Friday Feburary 6th, our website will be updated with a 'Decision Pending' notice for the Open Climb. A decision will be made in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Check our website from 5am for the 'Go' or 'No-Go' notice to be placed on our homepage.
Please check our 'What you need' list below and ensure you have good foot wear and 2L of water.

Follow our Facebook page for updates.
Our 2015 Publicity Information sheet will give you key details on the climb, and a gear section cut-off.
If you need to know anything at all, email us at [email protected]

How to get there
Parking on the mountain is limited:
 • arrange to car pool with others in your own group
 • arrange to be dropped off at North Egmont Car Park (this works best)
Parking Updates
Please check back here or our Facebook page regularly for updates on parking information
Parking will be available at both North Egmont Car Park https://goo.gl/maps/P1i6n
and the Plateau Car Park https://goo.gl/maps/Sr9Fu
We have a Facebook Event page setup where you can arrange car pooling with others on the Open Climb.
At North Egmont - please start filling 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.
If you are 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.
There are public toilets 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.
◊ Do not wear jeans
◊ 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.
◊ The minimum age is twelve years.
◊ A guardian must accompany anyone younger than 18. 

◊ The Club also reserves the right 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.
One thing we cannot control is the weather. With the number of people involved and the varying range of experience and equipment, the Club takes a conservative approach to deciding whether the climb should proceed or not.
Should conditions be unsuitable for the Open Climb to proceed on the planned day, Saturday February 7, it will be postponed to the following day, Sunday 8th.
Should conditions be unsuitable on Sunday the Open Climb will be abandoned.
Our Safety Plan is available for you here.

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
◊ Sunglasses
◊ 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 Fact Sheet 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.

Kiwi Outdoors New Plymouth

If you're looking for gear, or are in New Plymouth and want advice, see the Team at Kiwi Outdoors; they're New Plymouths outdoor gurus.
They have really friendly staff who can help you with purchasing or hiring gear for the event.
Drop in and see them, or email [email protected].

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.

Posted: 2015-Jan-31