Night sessions at the Cave, New Zealand

We had a couple of fantastic night-climbing sessions recently – take that winter ! Aside of being a keen climber, my friend Nick “Flashlight” Davis turned out to be a very talented photographer. By name and nature, he especially likes to experiment with artificial light sources. This is not only resulting in unique climbing pictures, but is also extending our climbing sessions beyond sunset. In this “hour of power” he has captured some of the key moments within the last month. Check out his webpage for some of his shots or if you would like to work with him.

The Cave – one of my favourite crags in New Zealand and its just behind our house !  It sometimes feels like the “Climbinggarden” back home in Germany, except that its a bit steeper… the routes offer great sport climbing on volcanic rock and are actually doable if you have worked out a decent sequence to “seeeennd iiittt”.

So far we climbed:

  1. Shrubble (26), a fantastic traverse on good holds (except that one crimp at the crux of course). One overhead move makes you really feel “warmed up”.
  2. Rubble (27), big moves between jugs lead to a balancy crux. A great climb if you like double heel hooks or heel hooks in general. Took the whole crew quite a while to work out a doable set of moves…
  3. Shedevil (28), long traverse on jugs lead to two distinct cruxes in the roof after a rest. Pretty run out to avoid rope drag.
  4. Gorilla Grip (27), the super classic line in The Cave. I especially like the clipping positions of solid heel jams. Thanks for the beta guys !
  5. Bogus Machismo (29), fantastic moves make this the NZ test piece for your stamina. I haven’t got past the last bolt yet as it is getting wet in winter, but can’t wait for summer to jump back on it.

Thanks to fallzonephotography for letting me use the pictures:

 

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