Ω POWERBAND PODCAST

Episode 17: Nick Cradock, From The Top Down

November 26, 2020

Welcome to Episode 17 of the Ω Powerband Podcast - a podcast dedicated to rock climbing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

In this episode, I speak with alpine legend, NZAC life member, international mountain guide and prolific rock route developer, Nick Cradock.

In a climbing life of over 4 decades, Nick has done it all. From hard first ascents in the Southern Alps to big walls in the Valley to summits in Patagonia and the greater ranges to epic multipitch rock routes in the Darrans to consumer classic clip-ups in Wanaka and back again.

Over a 6 pack of ice-cold Coronas (beers not viruses), we have a free-range and convivial chat about life and climbing. For a man with a reputation for a quick and ruthless wit, it seems Nick may have mellowed in his middle ages. 

There's something for everyone here but for those who have climbed on one of Nick's many routes on the Moir massif in Fiordland, Nick's account of the Camp Dawg days will be especially interesting. It turns out that the secret to success on such high quality routes was to come top down, not go ground up. Who would have thought.

There's also an excellent story about the time that he pulled his mate off the top of what would have been a first ascent at Castle Hill. On purpose. Enjoy!

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