Top New Zealand climbers, Dan Joll and Karl 'Merry' Schimanski had both been looking at the Airport Wall in Fiordland for over 20 years. As a culmination of their careers as climbers, this is the story of patience, determination and perseverance. Airport Wall follows the unfolding of one of New Zealand's first big wall climbs:
> Did they suffer with sandflies? I've walked in Fiordland (including Milford) and they've been on a par with midges.
On a par ?! gnat bites leave a micro sting next to reaction of the larger sandfly; I suffered them during Stewart Island trekking; hopefully for climbers their habitat is strictly in agreement with their name - so you leave them behind at the beach.
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