It’s icy Matty try not to slip

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Australian climber Matthew Scholes (right) makes the first winter ascent of Stone Free on the Remarkables during the inaugural Ice and Mixed Climbing Festival. 

The route is on the west face of Telecom Tower. The weekend festival saw 115 climbers tackling new routes and old favourites. 

Climber Steve Fortune was judged New Zealand Alpinist of the Year and set a new record for the traverse of Double Cone and Single Cone. 

Fortune completed the route, which takes an average climber at least eight hours, in just an hour and 29 minutes.