Story: Mountaineering

1930s climbing equipment

1930s climbing equipment

The equipment used by New Zealand amateur mountaineers of the 1930s included an ice axe, boots, crampons, snow goggles, fuel container and rope. All were important in the snow, but the crampons were crucial in freeing climbers from depending on guides who cut steps.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-1457-1/4-F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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John Wilson, 'Mountaineering - The age of the amateur', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by John Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Feb 2017