Queenstown region, summary. Winter saw the development of Cigar Creek in the Eyre Mountains as an ice climbing venue. A few new routes were established. Johnny Davison and Rupert Gardiner made first ascents of Kapa O Panga (WI 5) and the Cold Light of Day (WI 4+), the latter reportedly fell down soon after being climbed! Davison and Andy Mills climbed Balloons and Knives (WI 4), with Mills taking a huge whipper off the top of the route, narrowly missing the ground. Dave Bolger climbed a potentially classic 60m moderate, Divine Symmetry (WI 3), and a second route he named Hybrid (WI 3+). In South Wye Valley Adrian Camm and Mai Haskins put up Bush Lawyer (WI 4), while in great early season conditions Bolger and Rupert Gardiner climbed a new route on the southwest face of Double Cone in the Remarkables. The route follows mixed terrain and is called Warthog.
Mark Watson, New Zealand Alpine Club