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Phil Penney

Climbing Guide

Climbing since 1985, Phil is an extremely experienced senior UIAGM / IFMGA certified climbing guide. Having guided through a number of different countries, including Peru, Canada, Alaska and his native New Zealand, he holds a wealth of climbing knowledge.

Although some may say Phil’s personality is much like his hair – irreverent and hard to suppress – he is actually incredibly modest about his long list of achievements. Phil’s holds a long list of alpine and ice ascent ‘firsts’ to his name, including an ascent of the Cassin Ridge on Denali (Alaska), a traverse of Mount Cook National Park to, traverse and ski descents in the Mount Aspiring National Park, and a traverse of the Darrans mountains.

When not on the side of a mountain Phil’s often found at another of his other passions: paragliding or sailing his yacht around New Zealand’s Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds – “where the scallops live!”.

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