Kia Ora mates?
We just arrived at the other side of the world down in Christchurch. We swaped the cold German winter for 30°C, sunshine, bouldering in shorts and picking apples. We bought a car, a personal location beacon and Gum boots (for obvious reasons). Well, we are going to drive down to the Darran Mountains in Fjordland National Park which are known for a annual rainfall of 8000mm. London has 600mm per Year.
But let me tell what had happened before: We had an intense month of planning and organizing this Expedition back home in Bayreuth while Chrissi was still writing his Bachelor Thesis (which he finally submitted the day before we took off, congrats Mr. B.Sc.). Our main aim here in New Zealand is to open a new route at Sinbad Wall. This wall is an overhanging gneiss wall located at the end of Sinbad gully. As the New Zealand Alps are not only on the other side of the world but also at the back of beyond, any undertaking there involves long offpath walk-ins, bushbashing and bivouacs.
We are well prepared, equiped from our sponsors with the latest functional clothing, best gear and shoes, backpacks, gas stoves, tent, battery drill, spyglass, ropes, sunglasses and financial support. You might figure out who provided what by having a look at our sponsors.
From what we can tell so far, Australians and especially the Kiwis (NZ Citizans) are indescribable friendly and gave us a wonderful welcome! In Melbourne Alex lost her mobile phone! But Peter and A.J of Melbourne SkyBuss Airport Shutle Service took up the challange and brought it back to us - Buss Service at its best!
Later on in Christchurch we were picked up by NZ legend and giant Derek Thatcher. We had a a couple of wonderful days with Erin and Derek and their flatmates Zach and James who gave us great support to get started and all the beta for the Darrans. This House is an affluent fountain of psychedness!
We already love the Kiwis and their accent: