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8 rock climbing destinations for novices

By: Josh Lew on March 12, 2013, 5:22 p.m.
New Zealand's Southern Alps

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New Zealand's Southern Alps

New Zealand has some amazing mountain ranges. The country’s Southern Alps are the perfect place for beginning climbers who want to challenge themselves so that they can progress to more demanding climbs. Conditions can be intense here, with harsh weather possible year round, especially in the winter. Most climbs require technical know-how, so these mountains are a good place to come if you want to progress quickly and are willing to pay for instructors or guides to show you the ropes, in all meanings of the phrase. Like climbing in Scotland in winter, hitting the slopes in New Zealand is a good option for people who want to put in the effort to improve their mountaineering skills.