Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Scottish Ice-Climbing Expert Visits Franz Josef


Media release, 13 November 2006

Scottish Ice-Climbing Expert Visits Franz Josef

The founder of the world’s largest indoor ice wall has arrived in Franz Josef to lend an expert hand to the construction of the ice-climbing wall that will form part of the new multi-million dollar Hukawai Glacier Centre.

Jamie Smith, is the founder and Managing Director of Ice Factor, the world’s biggest indoor ice-climbing wall located in Kinlochleven, Scotland.

The 10-metre high ice-climbing wall is part of the new $6.5 million Hukawai Glacier Centre at Franz Josef which will be the biggest facility of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

It will consist of six different ice faces, enabling up to 20 people of all levels to experience an ice climb, at any given time, as if they were outside scaling the actual glacier.

“It’s all about getting the consistency of the water and ice correct to create glacier like ice,” says Jamie Smith. “There is a very fine line that must be reached – if the ice is too cold then it will be brittle and break and if it is too warm then it will turn to slush.

“The most important aspect is keeping the air temperature consistent at -10 degrees to ensure the ice remains at an optimal consistency. We want people to climb the wall and imagine, despite being indoors, that they could be outside climbing the real glacier.”

The Hukawai Glacier Centre has been two years in the making and is planned to open to the public early next year.

The Centre will enable people to walk through an entire glacier experience – starting in a rainforest and finishing in a space reflecting the features of the Franz Josef Glacier complete with ice cave and crevasse.

The ice-climbing wall will be in a separate room with floor to ceiling windows, so visitors can sit in the café and watch the people ice-climbing in action.

Jamie Smith will be in Franz Josef until Wednesday November 15.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Kevin Field Quintet

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls, St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field that celebrated our common humanity. More>>

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.
More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland