• North Island Rock Deluxe Review

    Guidebooks have come a long way in their relatively short lifespan. Back in the day it was all word of mouth; one dude telling another dude where a sweet grade 16 was that wasn’t really that mossy at all, just up the back of Paul’s Cutting, park at the gate and over the stream, yeah, …

  • DEREK THATCHER

    Catch, Match, and Dispatch Thatcher. Not many of you people know this, but that’s actually what his parents wanted to name one of the strongest, most enigmatic climbers this country’s ever seen. Ever. Wisely, they went with Derek instead, and saved him a lot of trouble later in life. Can you imagine roll-call in year …

  • Uprising Rotunds

    There was always that one kid in class who had the eraser that smelt, and was shaped, like a block of chocolate. No matter how many times you told yourself it wasn’t, all you wanted to do was take a bite, sure that it would taste at least a little bit as delicious as it …

  • A GAME OF PROBLEMS

    Baratheons and Lannisters aside, what could be more enjoyable than spending a pleasant morning at Mt Eden Quarry with your broadsword and cardboard helmet? Sending the crag’s hardest boulder in twenty minutes, that’s what! Mwah, mwah! The N.I.F protected my maidenly honour by cleaning Ghost Face and putting a top-rope on it so I didn’t …