CLIMBER / SCIENTIFIC DIVER / NURSE
Liz works for a research team monitoring and studying marine protected areas around southern Australia. Her skills include knowing a few hundred species of seaweed, climbing adventurous run-out trad routes, paragliding, hanging off aerial silks in outrageous places.
CLIMBER / OUTDOOOR GUIDE / ECOLOGIST
Rosie is a post doctoral research fellow at Charles Darwin University and the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. She runs a project that aims to examine the impact of feral cat control on the critically endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart. Her skills include fire fighting in the Kimberley, living in remote bush camps, tramping, climbing.
CLIMBER / CONSERVATIONIST / EXPLORER
Ana is dedicated to stoat management in New Zealand. She walks long hours and distances through wild and rugged country in Fiordland National Park trapping a pest that has had a devastating effect on New Zealand’s unique birdlife. Stoats alone are responsible for up to 60% of kiwi chick deaths. Her skills include finding and exploring unclimbed and inspiring peaks, climbing committing rock routes and identifying plant species.
CLIMBER / PHOTOGRAPHER / WRITER
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" The Travel Play Live Women’s Adventure Grant is not about ‘Insta-worthy’ pictures of smiling women with perfect hair or pink washing the adventure / outdoor space.
It is a genuine effort to improve the visibility of women’s participation, skills and sense of achievement, promoting tangible results to encourage women of all experience levels and create an entry point for women and girls on the peripheral of adventure " - Travel Play Live.
OBJECTIVE: To attempt a first all-female mountain peak traverse and first mountain ascent, deep in the steep and remote north of Fiordland, NZ. To hike in on foot with all supplies, climbing gear and camera equipment. To LNT.
LOCATION: North Fiordland, New Zealand. Summer 2019.
Due to Fiordland’s rugged landscape, isolation and temperamental weather, few of the countless mountain peaks have been explored let alone climbed, especially by female parties or individuals. Walls are hard and dangerous to approach: sheer cliffs, crevasses, ice-fall, glaciers, high avalanche risk, thick impenetrable rainforest, deep flowing rivers, and exposure to the elements do well to discourage many.
Fiordland has endless adventure and climbing possibilities. Things we had to keep in mind choosing our expedition were: season, time availability, skills, knowledge, weather conditions ... and filming.
ROUTE: Our journey will take us off track through rugged and unforgiving country. Our sights are set high onto the exposed ridge-lines linking Terror Peak, Danger Peak and Lady of the Snows. To our knowledge no one has attempted parts of the traverse due to the exposure and complicated terrain. We will be the first team to attempt an entire traverse.
As part of our traverse we plan to scope the stunning yet foreboding Terror Peak, for challenges yet to be climbed. There flows Terror Falls, 2,461 feet (750 meters). We will also scope Lady of the Snows Peak for a FA. Weather and time will dictate where we spend our energy scoping an FA, Terror Peak and Lady of the Snows Peak sit at the beginnings/ends of the traverse.
We will pass and attempt to summit "Willoughby's Tusk", near where a member of a Kakapo research team tragically fell in 1977. It is unknown if he summited the Tusk, leaving the peak open for a possible first ascent - or at least a first climbing ascent. There we wish to survey the last known mainland stronghold of the critically endangered flightless bird, the Kakapo.
FILM ANGLE: This is a story about four female climbers brought together by the spirit of adventure, a love of nature and the lust for climbing untouched aesthetic granite lines in rarely explored regions. United in their desire to push their limits, they dream to achieve something that can inspire the next generation of females to be explorers, adventurers, thinkers and eco-warriors - in a time when urbanisation and industry is threatening the natural environment, and humanity’s connection to it.
LEAVE NO TRACE: We will climb in traditional style. All climbing equipment and climbing protection, nuts and cams, will be cleaned after the ascents.