Penny Webster has finished her 37-year mission to bag all of New Zealand’s 3000m peaks
Despite climbing 24 of New Zealand’s 3000m peaks, mountain climber Penny Webster still calls herself an amateur.
She’s ticked off a total of 72,000m, spread over the course of the past 35 years. Webster, now 57, finished her 24th summit last November.
To say Webster is modest is an understatement; she’s one of an estimated dozen Kiwis who’ve done the 3000m peak challenge since the mid-1950s.
Growing up in Christchurch, Webster says her childhood was full of tramping, camping, exploring for gold, and skiing. She joined her high school’s tramping club, and says it was on a trip home from Arthur’s Pass that the climbing seed was planted.
While on the train back to Christchurch, she saw a couple of climbers who were...