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NZAT Member Caleb Jennings Passes Away

Updated: May 2, 2023

It is with great sadness we report the passing of a member of our team, Caleb Jennings. Caleb was a great climbing partner & friend to the team, he was incredibly strong, fit and reliable on trips but also a gentle man who always exercised sound judgement in the mountains. Born and raised in Canterbury, Caleb was introduced into the mountains at a young age where he spent most of his youth hunting and tramping in the Southern Alps. After his schooling he joined the military, and spent the following 12 years of his service learning how to operate and climb in various mountainous environments. After extensive mountaineering and climbing world wide, Caleb was training to become a mountain guide in NZ while still instructing and guiding part time for the NZ military. He had a strong passion for hard technical climbs in New Zealand’s Southern Alps while also climbing overseas in places such as Norway, Yosemite, and Patagonia. Other passions included ski touring, hunting, mountain running and multi day adventure races. Caleb’s accident was a result of a wet-slide avalanche on low angle terrain in Arthurs Pass National Park during a non-NZAT team trip with his climbing partner. He passed away four days later due to his injuries. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and the NZ outdoor community.

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