Sustainable Summits 2016 | photo gallery to reflect on

It’s been a privilege to both attend the conference and to compile a summation here.

It started because I’d been asked by one of the Alpine Club organisers Bob McKerrow to augment his gathering of images, and I needed somewhere to distribute about a 100 of same, so my own environmental web site seemed a good place to start what has turned out to be, for the moment at least, a-one-stop-shop.

Thanks to Ross Cullen for making the text of the programme available to me, John Cocks and Dave Bamford for checking/editing and supplying yet more content such as the summations by Don Bogie and Hugh Logan, and lastly Carla Braun-Elwert of Atara Films for sharing the podcasts

This last selection of photos below were not taken at the conference, but I gathered them from my own library to illustrate some of the topics discussed. Enjoy!


Donald Lousley | Southern Light

UIAA | NZAC hosts successful Sustainable Summits Conference

31 Aug, 2016
UIAA ~ International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation has published an overview of the conference on their web site

NZAC hosts successful Sustainable Summits Conference

130 attendees took part in the Sustainable Summits Conference, organized by the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park from 7-11 August.

Hugh Logan, former Director General of the New Zealand Department of Conservation, articulated the spirit of the conference in his Summing Up-What Can We Do? presentation.”The conference is the third in a series where people passionate about sustainable management of mountain areas have gathered to discuss social, environmental and economic issues affecting mountain areas from the perspective of sustainability.

”The conference comprised discussions from a number of emanate speakers and focused its attention on many core themes

The source >> NZAC hosts successful Sustainable Summits Conference

Or to read an overview of each day on this site >> and scroll down

Quick retreat of New Zealand’s glaciers an issue for tourism |

August 9 2016

Visitors are running out of time to see New Zealand’s dwindling southern glaciers, which are becoming a safety hazard.The central Southern Alps has lost a quarter of its ice in recent decades, and stands to lose another 50 to 60 per cent.It meant its spectacular glaciers were shrinking at an unprecedented rate, some having lost several kilometres of ice this century.It was a topic discussed at the Sustainable Summits conference at Mt Cook this week.

Read More at the Source: Quick retreat of New Zealand’s glaciers an issue for tourism |

Snow Farm NZ ~ photo gallery 1

The Snow Farm is a ski area near Wanaka, New Zealand, dedicated to cross-country and nordic skiing [including biathlon, snow-shoeing and tobogganing]

And host to:

The Merino Muster
Worldloppet Race

The Snow Farm, Cardrona, Wanaka, New Zealand
22nd Edition
Early September each year
42 / 21 / 7Km Cross Country Ski Race

Experience one of the Southern Hemisphere’s top XC ski events

The Snow Farm is also open in the summer for mountain biking and hiking

+64 3-443 7542

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Lake Wanaka ~ winter’s evening

From the bicycle seat this evening ~ Lake Wanaka, Black Peak on the left, Fog Peak in front of the sun…

Wanaka evening