Wye will rock you


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).