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Hobnail Boots Fall Short In Retro Climb On Mt Cook
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Hobnail Boots Fall Short In Retro Climb On Mt Cook on 11/27/2010 03:51:36 MST Print View

there' a reason why modern climbing equipment was developed ...

next up retro backpacking with 60 lb loads ....

Wellington, Nov 26 NZPA - Retro fashions may look stylish on urban pavements but they don't cut the ice -- so to speak -- in mountain climbing.

Coast to Coast veteran Steve Gurney and adventurer Steve Moffatt have stopped their climb on Mt Cook after Moffatt -- clad in hobnail boots and a tweed jacket -- suffered frostbite, TVNZ reported.

His climbing companion, Gurney, 47, was wearing the latest high-tech gear.

The pair were following in the footsteps of early mountaineers Marmaduke Dixon and George Mannering, who, for a decade from mid-1886, spent most summers exploring the Mt Cook region.

In 1889, the two men made an attempt to be the first to climb Mt Cook, but were forced to turn back 200 metres from the summit -- about 100m further than their modern-day imitators reached.

When Moffatt, 60, woke up with sore feet and, he discovered he was suffering from frostbite of four or five toes, they called off the climb.

"You don't get frostbite and continue, you go and get it checked out," said Gurney.

Gurney said he was very concerned for Moffatt and his team of guides and a cameraman helped the climber -- using a modern cooker and giving him a modern jacket to wear.

Moffatt said Mannering and his partner climbed for 23 hours, possibly the reason they did not end up with frozen toes.

Moffatt -- a flower grower and adventure-racing competitor from Halswell, on the outskirts of Christchurch -- was examined by a frostbite expert and told his toes should recover within a month.