Kiwi mountaineers Alastair McDowell & Hamish Fleming set out on a mission to enchain New Zealand’s 24 highest mountains above 3000 metres in a continuous, human-powered, 31-day transalpine journey. From the west coast jungles to high-alpine glaciers, along serrated ridges of rock, snow & ice, this was a voyage through some of New Zealand’s most dramatic landscapes, pushing the pair to their physical & mental limits. The uncertainty of their success spurred them on through exhaustion, wild weather, and a ticking clock, with the final peak Tititea/Mt Aspiring – a 280km bike ride away – always hanging in the balance.
Alastair & Hamish’s talk will surely provide inspiration that satisfying human-powered expeditions can always be found right in your own backyard.
Alastair McDowell is a keen mountaineer & adventurer, with over 10 years mountaineering experience in NZ and overseas. He has been a member of the NZ Alpine Team since 2015 and now provides mentoring to younger climbers through the NZAT and the Canterbury Mountaineering Club. Rather than chasing pure difficulty in the mountains, he prefers challenges based on endurance or speed over moderately technical terrain. He has climbed a first ascent in Peru, visited Patagonia and Alaska, spent seasons living in the alpine meccas of Chamonix and Canmore, and now focuses his energy in the New Zealand mountains.