Sunday, May 21, 2006

The New Zealand Alpine Club

The New Zealand Alpine Club recently ran a Creative Writing competition. I'm enjoying reading my way through the entries ... it's a taste of home I guess.

Anyway, just in case anyone else is curious, you can find them here .

The online magazine is full in interesting things ... like Paul Clarke's downloadable pdf titled Mountains of New Zealand. In it, he answers questions like 'how many mountains are there in New Zealand?'

The criteria was that those mountains counted must reach an altitude of 1400 metres or higher and that they are at least 300 metres above the lowest saddle between them and the adjacent 'mountain'.

There are at least 856 mountains in New Zealand; 35 in the North Island and 821 in the South Island.

What can I say ... the South Island always does it better. ;)

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