Words by Steve Moore, Photos courtesy of Grubbie.
A total of twenty five people attended the event, with ages ranging from 16-65 years old. The level of experience ranged from relative novice to very experienced climbers. The crags that we visited included Holmes Bay, Coffin Rock, Stony Bay Peak and Otepatotu. This year the weather was very co-operative, albeit a little windy. There were a number of shiny new cams evident in the trad rack of a number of the participants!
Saturday evening BBQ at Little River Campsite was well attended and a great time was had.
On Sunday, a team made the trip to Holmes Bay with a rack of the new Black Diamond UL Camalots supplied by Bivouac Outdoor. Evidently these performed well; the relative lightness of a full rack was remarked on. There was a suggestion that the UL Camalots walked a bit more due to their lightness (“walking” is an issue that can affect all cams, and can be minimised by careful placement and rope management, extending slings and even the use of double ropes, where appropriate, to effectively isolate the protection from movement transferred from the rope).
Sunday afternoon the prize giving was held, prizes for four categories were given out. The Camalot C4 #2 Bivouac kindly supplied went to the category for the biggest fall… a two cam ripping fall at Otepatotu (no injuries incurred!).
Also, eleven participants ordered the custom event Black Diamond Icon Hoody.