Held in early/mid March annually for younger climbers to experience and develop outdoors, usually based around an overnight camp at Okains Bay Campground.
Castle Hill Bouldering Day
Usually the first weekend in December.
The NZ Alpine Club oversee a National Youth Climbing Camp for those 12 and over and learning to lead outdoors.
This is likely to be held in late January 2019 in Golden Bay and Geckos members are able to apply along with others from around NZ.
Blue Mountains Climbing Trip
In 2017 a Geckos group traveled for 10 days in the Blue Mountains in Australia. The second Blueys Trip may take place in April 2019 depending on interest and availability of instructors.
The Flying Geckos are extremely grateful for these opportunities, particularly the last two initiated and organised by Tony Burnell and his colleagues. Tony, John Entwisle and John Hammond’s efforts on the NZAC National Youth Climbing Camp were duly recognised at the New Zealand Recreation Association Outdoor Awards when they received the YMCA Outstanding Programme Award.
The Flying Geckos are holding a “South Island Festival of Climbing” on the weekend of May 26/27th 2018.
The annual South Island Secondary Schools Comp is usually held at the YMCA Adventure Centre in early September and is always a lot of fun.
Various national Lead & Bouldering comps.
|Open||Over 16||Lead & Boulder|
|Junior||Under 20||Lead & Boulder|
|Youth A||Under 18||Lead & Boulder|
|Youth B||Under 16||Lead & Boulder|
|Youth C||Under 14||Lead & Boulder|
|Youth D||Under 12||Top-rope & Boulder|