Staff

Meet The Team

Our team is safety focussed and operates to the highest standards both indoors and out. You will find our staff to be friendly, approachable and keen to share their expertise.

Loz-Ogle

LOZ OGLE

Managing Director

NZOIA Rock 2, PHEC

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.

Frankie

FRANKIE SANDERS

Safety Supervisor/Instructor

NZOIA Rock 2, PHEC

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

Emily Warne

EMILY WARNE

Assistant Manager

Rock 1 with Sport Endorsement, PHEC

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!

Jenny Howie

JENNY HOWIE

Safety Supervisor

Originally from the UK, Jenny moved to Wanaka and joined the Basecamp team in 2017. Since achieving her degree in Sports Science and Outdoor Activities from Bangor University, Jenny has developed her career as an outdoor activities instructor and has an extensive background working with children of all ages. Her work has taken her from Wales and Scotland to Greenland, the UAE, Borneo and Norway to name a few. She is a keen kayaker, photographer and world traveller.

Tui

TUI

Office Manager - So She Thinks

Springer Spaniel

Tui has been a resident for the past 2 years (when Loz is working) she usually sleeps in the office but will come out for pats when invited.

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.

stefan

STEFAN SCHWARZ

Route Setter

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.

Nia

NIA O'CONNOR

Safety Supervisor

Nia has been climbing at Basecamp since our inception in 2009 and has risen through the ranks ever since. She features in the Wanaka rock climbing guide book and was a regular at our women’s night before moving to Dunedin last year to study Psychology and Zoology (both excellent skills for working at Basecamp!) Luckily for us Nia still returns to Wanaka in the uni holidays and is passionate about motivating and coaching climbers.

Contact us for more information on our staff and safety, Phone: 03 443 1110