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NZ Canyoning – Top of the South

Venture off the track and into the canyon in the well-visited Top of the South Island… Written by canyon guide Rosie Hadfield.  The top of the South Island is renowned for its beautiful National Parks; many are drawn each year from across New Zealand to explore the backcountry by foot, by kayak, or by bike.

An Ode to Arapiles

Now New Zealand has some pretty amazing rock to be climbed: the polished limestone of Paynes Ford and Pohara, the grippy granite of Charleston, and the special schist of Wanaka and Queenstown to mention just a few. Yet still each year hundreds, if not thousands, make their pilgrimage across the pond to the towering cliffs

The Gear You Need to Start Rock Climbing

Whether you dream of pulling on plastic gym holds, scaling big walls, or ascending mountain peaks, basic rock climbing knowledge is essential. It’s the foundation of all mountain activities — but to get started rock climbing, first you need the right rock climbing gear. If you’ve never gone rock climbing before, we suggest starting in

How to Care for and Clean Your Climbing Rope

When you’re rock climbing, mountaineering, caving, or canyoning your life literally depends on the integrity of your gear. You need equipment that functions properly every time — and that means dedicating a certain amount of time to taking care of your gear. Your climbing rope is perhaps the epitome of this mantra as it is

A Comprehensive Guide to Belay Devices

Consider the kind of equipment you use when you’re rock climbing. You have your rope, your harness, your shoes — and of course, your belay device. The integrity of all this equipment is important, as essentially your life depends on it. Picking out the right climbing equipment can be difficult because of the number of

12 Best Sport Climbing Routes in New Zealand

Amidst the lush green vegetation of New Zealand’s lovely native bush arise the compact grey limestone cliffs of Golden Bay, the steep chiseled diorite bowls of the Fiordland, and the lakeside crags of Whanganui Bay. A geologically diverse land has given rise to a variety of suitable rock climbing features including slabby, pocketed volcanic regions,

Caving Equipment Suppliers Australia

Aspiring Safety have been caving equipment suppliers for over 25 years. We stock and manufacture a wide range of caving products. All products are proven for durability, functionality, and quality over 25 years. They are reasonably priced and made to last as well. Need something custom made for your cave next caving adventure? Get in

How to put on a Fall Safe Harness

The height safety harness is provided with both front and rear attachment points, which are both labelled and rated for fall-arrest. At the rear is a D-ring, and at the front are two webbing loops. These loops must be connected together. When connecting to the rear attachment point, wherever possible connect the lanyard before putting

Harness & Rope Cleaning

Ropes, harnesses, lanyards and other webbing products used in climbing, height safety, and outdoor education are generally made from polyamide (nylon) or polyester (Dacron, Terylene). Nylon is susceptible to attack by acids; whereas polyester is susceptible to attack by alkalis, so these materials must be kept away from those chemicals. Bleaches are usually either acidic

Fall Protection Equipment Maintenance

Fall protection equipment requires careful maintenance. A record must be kept for each item showing its date of purchase and recording periodic inspections carried out at a specified interval. Typically, this could be done every six months. Ropes, harnesses, and lanyards should be stored away from sunlight in a cool place. Metallic items should be stored