Otago Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club

Section Event

Sebastopol Bluffs Rock Climbing Trip

Friday, February 1 2019 — Sunday, February 3 2019

The Basics
Event type: Rock climbing
Start date: Friday, February 1 2019
End Date: Sunday, February 3 2019
Registration cut-off Tuesday, January 29 2019 10:00 PM
Trip organizers
Eve O'Brien [Otago]
Cost Cost: Lodge ($40 members, $60 non-members) Transport (approx. $50 - 60 per person
Participant Information
Who's invited Members and guests
Attendee screening Attendees are pre-screened
Maximum number of participants 15
Total number registered 5
Who's registered You must be logged in to view participant list


The Plan: Rock climbing trip to Sebastopol Bluffs, a major crag just up the road from the Club's Unwin Lodge in Mt Cook National Park. Staying at Unwin Lodge for 2 nights and exploring the range of top notch climbing in the area. Many great walls that cater to a range of ability levels including excellent sport multi-pitch climbing starting at Grade 14 and upwards with magnificent mountain views.

The aim is to leave Dunedin by 5pm on Friday night (1st Feb) and travel to Unwin Lodge - to give us a full day's climbing on Saturday. We plan to leave by mid-afternoon Sunday (3rd Feb).   Please note clearly in the sign-up form if you are interested in leaving earlier or later on Friday.
The trip leader may decide to cancel or reschedule the trip at short notice depending on weather and conditions. The call will be made on the Thursday before and you will be contacted via email or TXT.

Getting There

Trip participants in each vehicle will share petrol costs for the travel to and from the destination. Based on a round trip of approx. 600km from Dunedin to Unwin and back at a rate of 40c per km shared between 4 - 5 people in a car expect to pay around $50 - 60 each for fuel.

What to Expect

This crag has a range of walls with climbs for people of all abilities but a basic level of climbing skills will be required and the ability to take responsibility for your own safety. You will need to be comfortable belaying and climbing on top rope. A reasonable level of fitness is required particularly if you wish to do multi-pitch climbs which may involve being on the wall for 2 - 4 hours.  This is not a training course and would not be suitable for absolute beginners. Multi-pitch climbing experience is an advantage but there will be some experienced club members around to give advice and tips.  If you haven't climbed there before, you can find all the details at

Possible Hazards


We will make a group booking at Unwin so do need to know if you are staying both nights.  Hut fees are $20/night for members or $30/night for non members. The Lodge is well equipped with full kitchen (with crockery ect.), showers, toilets and bunkrooms so you only need to bring sleeping bag/bedding, pillow, towel, toiletries, food, outdoor clothing and climbing gear. 

Food: We plan to cook a shared meal on Saturday night, the trip leader will delegate items for you to contribute. Dinner on Friday night is up to you (either eat before you come or grab something on the way as we will arrive late at lodge). You are responsible for bring your own food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and snacks for 2 days.
Climbing gear:
Everyone is responsible for sourcing their own climbing gear but we will bring the club's ropes and a few anchor set-ups.  If you need to rent climbing gear please contact Eve as soon as possible so that you can book what you require.   Otago has a limited range of rock climbing gear which is free for members to use or $5 per day for non-members.

Other gear: 
Trip leaders will bring a PLB & First Aid kit but please ensure you are personally well prepared for a full day in the outdoors including warm clothing and rain gear as it is a mountain type environment.


Click the button below to be taken to the sign-up form. If attendees are not screened, then you will be automatically added to the participant list.

For screened events, the trip leader may contact you for further information about your experience and skills.

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