Exploring this slightly creepy century old former nurses hostel earlier in the year- required a bit of nerve, decent flashlights, and a healthy dose of night-vision…
Gunner writes: I am nothing if not persistent. While I’m too old for the flashy tricks of freerunners, I enjoy their company and have learned that parkour is as much about mind, “spirit and humility” as it is about defying death and gravity. Navigating urban environments in new ways provides opportunities for us to exercise kinetic creativity. With just a little lateral thinking, our cities can become our gymnasiums, our playgrounds, our mirrors even.
A gentle breeze. Iron gleaming in the morning sun. Time to kill. All in all a pretty perfect setting for your first ever rooftop.
The fact that this location is a former mental hospital is purely incidental to the blindingly obvious truth that it just looked like a fun climb, plain and simple.
To say that this fort dissuaded Russian forces from annexing this part of the Pacific in the 1880′s might be overstating its historical role. Nonetheless it has been the backdrop of a few significant human events over its lifetime including the loss of life of two military servicemen. Today, two forces prevent it from sinking out of sight and mind beneath the scrub: the paths trod by explorers and all the brightly coloured spray paint.
The burgeoning Wellington summer has us itching for wind-swept adventure.
In the middle of the Great Depression, the faithful dug deep to fund the construction of this still-active monastery which overlooks Wellington Harbour. It was built in 1932 as a home base for the Redemptorists, who were members of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. The architect was Frederick de Jersey Clere, who designed another sacred site Gunner has climbed: youtube.com/watch?v=3sZbOIr9ahY