21 Nov 2015

Derek Andrews: high-altitude garbologist

From This Way Up, 12:15 pm on 21 November 2015

Derek Andrews lives in New Plymouth and climbing nearby Mount Taranaki (altitude: 2,518 metres) is his pastime.

So far, he's been up the mountain nearly 700 times collecting rubbish and making sure it's clean and tidy.

Derek Andrews near the summit

Derek Andrews near the summit Photo: RNZ

Derek on top of Mount Taranaki

Derek on top of Mount Taranaki Photo: RNZ

It's the kind of behaviour you'd expect from a longtime stalwart and treasurer of the The New Plymouth Tramping Club.

His house is full of all the bits and bobs of climbing gear he's found left up there... from coins to pieces of aeroplanes, flags and especially glass –​ he's amassed a collection of 14,000 pieces and counting! 

Derek's glass collection

Derek's glass collection Photo: RNZ