Climbers will follow in the footsteps and handholds of rock royalty at an annual Queenstown festival this coming week.
The resort’s climbing club holds its summer event at Wye Creek - where legendary free soloist Alex Honnold spent a day last year.
Honnold was in town for the NZ Mountain Film Festival, and gave an inspiring presentation as keynote speaker.
Dozens of climbers are expected to attend the three-day festival, which begins on Friday night.
“It’s a very social event,” climbing club president Mark Dewsbery says.
“We had 50 climbers last year and forecast a similar level of interest for 2016.
“Climbers come from as far away as Christchurch and even in the past, Australia.”
After a Friday night launch at the Events Centre, there’ll be the Wye Creek climbing marathon on the Saturday with a BBQ and prizegiving at the nearby beach, followed by an outdoor speed climbing competition on Sunday.
Dewsbery says the sport is growing rapidly, both nationally and locally.
Tickets are $35 ($45 for non-members).