Founder of Basecamp Wanaka Climbing Centre, Managing Director Loz Ogle is our resident Kiwi and has been climbing for over 20 years. He studied Outdoor Education and has worked in the industry, both here in New Zealand and in Italy, Wales and Australia for over 10 years. When not at work or at the local crag Loz can be found skiing at Treble Cone, volunteering for the local Search and Rescue group or developing his green thumb in the garden.
Emily’s passion for rock and the mountains brought her to Wanaka in 2013 after 6 years working as a climbing instructor in Australia. She has been a part of the Basecamp team since early in 2016 and recently attained her NZOIA Sport Climbing Endorsement to add to her Rock 1. She’s happiest when her spare time is filled with adventures in the mountains—climbing, scrambling, skiing or biking, and finishing her days creating delicious food and drinking a glass of pinot!
Nia has been climbing at Basecamp since our inception in 2009 and has risen through the ranks ever since. Luckily for us she has returned to Wanaka after finishing her degree in psychology, doing some travels and a stint in Auckland. She is excited to be back and is passionate about motivating and coaching climbers, as well as going out climbing and paddle boarding herself.
Hannah is a key member of staff at Basecamp and you’ll most often find her supervising the Sport Climbing Wall or Clip N’ Climb, making even the most nervous of climbers feel at ease.
Prior to joining the Basecamp team in 2015, Hannah managed a tree-top aerial adventure course in Christchurch so managing people and ropes is second nature to her. Her other passion is mountain biking, so on her days off, she can usually be found on Wanaka’s excellent single-track trails.
Most at home in the alpine environment, Chris is not only an excellent guide and instructor but also a talented photographer. When not leading our mountaineering trips, Chris also volunteers for the Wakatipu Alpine Cliff Rescue Team.
Growing up outside London, much of Torben’s early climbing was on plastic holds but after finishing University he moved to New Zealand to experience the mountain lifestyle and the rest, as they say, is history! He completed his NZOIA rock qualification and now works alongside Jamie to organise the Queenstown side of the hill. Whilst he has dabbled in the alpine and mountaineering he is happiest when sport climbing in the sunshine.
Jamie spent 3 years training as an outdoor instructor / guide in Timaru, where he achieved the top student award all three years. After specialising in mountaineering, rock and bush, he qualified with NZOIA Rock and Bush level 1 then chose to travel to broaden his climbing skills. Going to Australia, America, England and the European Alps and gaining experience teaching all types of people from a range of cultures and backgrounds along the way.
As well as teaching rock climbing, Scottie is a fitness instructor, offering boot camps and outdoor training in Queenstown. He also operates a film a photography business, providing location scouting and filming services in the region. Ex-Navy, Scott’s organisational and motivational skills are unparalleled and he’ll have you scaling the rock in no time.
Cam is all things outdoors. Although he’s originally from the North Island we let this slide for him. Mostly because he is a through and through outdoor adventurer, and full blown lover of New Zealand, with all it’s historic, cultural, natural and outdoor pursuits to offer.
Frankie joined the Basecamp team early in 2014 and hasn’t stopped since. Whether she is supervising the Sport Climbing Wall, or instructing climbers outdoors; Frankie’s boundless energy and enthusiasm are infectious! Her passion for climbing and the outdoors means that Frankie seizes every opportunity for adventure, be it climbing in the Arapiles, mountaineering in the Southern Alps or competing in adventure races
Stef has also been climbing at Basecamp since we opened in 2009 and has a real passion for climbing and bouldering. He began as a member of the Wanaka Cliffhangers Climbing Club, competing on a national level and representing New Zealand at the Oceania Boulder Championships.