Story: Mountaineering

Early equipment

Early equipment

Guy Mannering and Marmaduke Dixon climbing on the Onslow Glacier in the 1890s, using ice axes and ropes but no other equipment. Without crampons, they had to cut steps to make their way up icy slopes.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Burton Brothers Collection
Reference: 1/2-047541; F
Photograph by Burton Brothers

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John Wilson, 'Mountaineering - The age of the amateur', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

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