Kapiti Observer : December 5th 2011
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Dave Coley 4166449AA Phone Dave Your Local Hubby 021 289 0782 or 0800 248 229 email@example.com www.hireahubbykapiti.co.nz Council renews gallery contract An agreement between the council, Mahara Gal- lery and the Field Collection Trust to expand and upgrade its building is set for renewal on Thursday for three more years. The council will renew its memorandum of understanding with the gallery trust for the planned expansion, with construction unlikely to start till the 2012-2013 financial year at the earliest , arts and museums development officer Catherine Scollay said. The memorandum commits the council to con- tinue working on the project that aims to produce a district gallery linked to the Waikanae library. Meanwhile councillors at Thursday s meeting will likely renew the council partnership with the gallery for three more years, with an annual grant of about $90,000 for general administration . Avalanche a close call One last breath Big climb: Sarah Wilson climbs the western side of Mt Cook before being buried in an avalanche. By TASHA BLACK Getting caught in an ava- lanche on Mt Cook has not dented a Waikanae climber s determination to complete her melanoma fundraising adven- ture. Sarah Wilson s climbing partner Cat Shand dug her from the snow with bare hands after she was caught in the avalanche on November 9. The climbers had made it to the summit and were on their way down when the accident happened. We had done a fantastic climb of the mountain, up a very hard route I might add, harder than anything I ve ever climbed before, said Ms Wilson. The two adventurers set themselves the Cook to Cook goal -- climbing Mt Cook, cyc- ling 660 kilometres to Picton and paddling over the Cook Strait in a double kayak -- to raise money for the Melanoma Foundation. Ms Wilson is a melanoma survivor. Recovering at home, she was somewhat reluctant to rehash the details of the ava- lanche. To be honest with you, it s still a wee bit raw for me. I m not really that interested in telling spectacular stories of death, that would just frighten people, and probably frighten myself. I m not over-dramatising it, I was one breath away from not being here. She was on her way down the Linda Glacier in deteriorating weather when, with Ms Shand, she dug a hole in the snow and took shelter for the evening. Ms Wilson told Fairfax NZ she took a good look around, and thought they had positioned it so if there was an avalanche they wouldn t get caught in it. But, sadly, that wasn t the case. Ms Shand was kneeling and Ms Wilson lying down when they heard the rumbling of an avalanche. Within seconds, their snowhole was full of snow. Ms Shand stood up, but Ms Wilson was buried in the snow. Once the snow stops mov- ing it sets like concrete. It was very bad. I couldn t believe it because we thought we had taken great care but we didn t get it right, she said. Ms Wilson said a person can suffocate quickly in an ava- lanche and she was trying to cover her mouth and get some sort of airhole . Ms Shand dug through the snow with her bare hands and managed to free Ms Wilson. Together they made it down the mountain, but both suffered damage to their hands -- Ms Wilson had to have her wedding ring cut off due to swelling. It was a combination of decision making that we are still reviewing, and bad luck. Aoraki gave us its icy hand- shake, you might say, she told the Kapiti Observer. Ms Wilson now wants to return the focus back to the reason behind her adventure -- melanoma. Something like [an ava- lanche] can kill in a moment, but so can melanoma, not exactly in a moment, but a period of months. It s less obvious, but equally as scary. That s been my lesson in life. The duo are committed to finishing their journey but on their doctor s advice have postponed it for at least a month. Ms Wilson will be speaking at an auction fundraiser for the Melanoma Foundation, hosted by the Women in Busi- ness Network, about the ava- lanche, lessons learned and reflections. Auction items include air travel, accommo- dation, a car weekend pack- age, recreational activities and gift vouchers. Wednesday, December 14, 5.30pm till 7.30pm, Southward Car Museum, $20. Follow Ms Wilson's adventure at facebook.com/cooktocook.
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