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NEW ZEALAND MOUNTAIN SAFETY COUNCIL


The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) is a national organisation who has been working for more than 50 years with a mandate to encourage safe participation in land-based outdoor activities.

THE PERSISTENT WEAK LAYER - A NEW UPDATE


Words and Images by Anna Keeling

On the 2nd of August Anna headed out once more to take a closer look at the snowpack around Cheeseman and to monitor the Persistent Weak Layer (PWL). In the last two weeks this has been THE topic within the snow safety teams and even the press picked up on this. Read up on the current conditions and general backcountry safety rules.

BACKCOUNTRY STORY: PERSISTENT WEAK LAYERS AND LARGE AVALANCHES


Words and Images by Anna Keeling

On Tuesday July 18th Anna headed out with a small group into the Crystal Valley and made some significant observations on the snow pack there. In this story she shares her discoveries and some important reminders on avalanche safety with us.

ADVENTURE STORY: CHILL SNOW SAFETY COURSE


Words & Images by Mark Bridgwater

Migrating from the relative safety of the patrolled ski area and into the back-country is a natural progression for anyone who skis the clubbies.

ADVENTURE STORY: HAUTE ROUTE CRAIGIEBURN RANGE


By Anna Keeling, Images Stu Waddel

Stu Waddel (Chill Adventures) and I, had long considered a route from Craigieburn to Olympus - or Porters for the fearsomely fit - as a brilliant alpine journey. We’d use dinner, bed and breakfast options provided by club fields and ski the many bowls between areas.

ADVENTURE STORY: EARLY SEASON SNOW HUNT


By Mark Bridgwater, Images Mark Bridgwater.

Many try to speculate about upcoming seasons, some get it right, some get it wrong, yet nearly always there’s a positive outlook.

ADVENTURE STORY: HIDDEN GEMS


By Sam Masters

Time is your most precious resource… It can’t be bought, sold, rented or financed. Seconds count during that portion of your life lived in good health and good humour.

ADVENTURE STORY: FOOTSTEPS ON SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND


By Tom MacTavish, Images by Rob Stimpson & Tom MacTavish

In October 2015, Tom MacTavish took part in the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expedition, to traverse South Georgia Island. The expedition marked the centenary of Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition (1914-1917) and is part of the Trust’s intention to inspire youth to explore and share their experiences with others.

ADVENTURE STORY: GEORGIA: PARADOXES & PARODIES


By Neil Williman and Fabian Lentsh, Images by Simon Huber

Neil Williman and Fabian Lentsch have embarked on a snow-bound mission, in their purpose-built Snowmads ‘home’ truck. They started in Austria, and are filming and documenting their travels. Neil caught Chill Manual up with their Georgia heli-mission:

ADVENTURE STORY: SYMPHONY ON SKIS


By Axel Reiser, Images by Carla Braun-Elwert

‘A ski traverse is like a well composed piece of music. It flows with harmony, surprises with the unexpected. It engages all your emotions and the melody lingers in your mind afterwards. Good music needs players who are masters of their instruments.’

Gottlieb Braun-Elwert, after completing the first ‘Symphony on Skis’, 1985.

ADVENTURE STORY: RIDDLE OF THE BACKCOUNTRY


By Sam Masters, Images by Mark Bridgwater

Lots of people talk about freedom. Others try to protect it with legislation, diplomacy or war. Backcountry skiers and snowboarders get to live it: experiencing total immersion in freedom’s joy and consequences.

ADVENTURE STORY: SNOWPOCALYPSE


Words and images by Margot Bohanon & Ben Savill

‘Snowpocalypse’ was shutting down Kamloops in British Columbia, as we drove north to Blue River for a ski touring trip into Snowy Mountain Lodge. Driving snow, low visibility and possessed truckies throwing rooster tails of snow and grit, made navigation even more exciting