The North Face, the world’s premier supplier of authentic, innovative, and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment, and footwear, today announced the winner of The North Face/AG Outdoor Adventure – Mark Sedon from Wanaka, New Zealand.

Mark’s winning application will see him climbing and skiing 18 2500m plus peaks in the
Southern Lakes District of New Zealand’s south island during winter 2012.

“I was looking for an adventure close to home in Central Otago; southern New Zealand. So I scanned the local topographical maps looking for something original. I found 18 peaks over 2500m in the Southern Lakes District, all skiable!”
 describes Mark about how he originally discovered his idea.

Mark will approach the expedition in two phases; the first in July, and the second in September/October. He will use various means of transport (including foot, canoe, paraglide and where necessary helicopter) to reach the snowlines of each peak before beginning each ascent. Mark will be accompanied by various partners throughout the peak bagging mission, but his most regular companions will be his mate Kane Henderson.

“The aim of the adventure is to have a good old Kiwi adventure, to do something which has never been done before”. Mark hopes that his adventure “will inspire young kiwis to get off the couch and explore the fantastic country we live in”.

The 18 peaks on Mark’s list:
Mt Head 2585m – Forbes Mountains     Popes Nose 2700m – Aspiring
Sir William Peak 2610m – Forbes Mountains     Mt Avalanche 2606m – Aspiring
O’Leary Peak 2570m – Forbes Mountains     Mt Rob Roy Peak 2644m – Aspiring
Mt Earnslaw 2830m – Earnslaw Range     Mt Huxley 2505m – Huxley Range
Centaur Peaks 2525m – Richardson Mountains     Mt Maori 2535m – Snowdrift Range
Mt Brewster 2516m – Southern Alps     Mt Maoriri 2595m – Snowdrift Range
Mt Castor 2518m – Wilkin River     Mt Edward 2620m – Snowdrift Range
Mt Pollux 2536m – Wilkin River     Mt Lydia 2517m – Snowdrift Range
Headlong Peak 2510m – North Harris     Mt Ian 2502m – Snowdrift Range

For more information and to follow news of Mark’s adventure as it unfolds keep an eye out on AG Outdoor’s website ( and Facebook Page. Mark’s adventure will be featured in a future issue of AG Outdoor, keep an eye out for that.

The North Face, AG Outdoor and the Australian Geographic Society would like to congratulate Mark on winning the 2012 grant and thank all the other adventurers for submitting their applications. There was an amazing array of applications submitted this year from a broad range of people with diverse interests.