Dale Thistlethwaite and her husband Stuart Holloway were passionate about the outdoors and snow
sports, in particular skiing, mountaineering and rock climbing, and in teaching others. They travelled
the world climbing and skiing, favouring the European Alps and the South Island of New Zealand.
They were two of Australia’s most experienced mountaineers and successfully summited Mt Cook
and Mt Tasman, the two highest mountains in NZ, on several occasions. Together they established
several new difficult routes on Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.
Dale and Stuart volunteered their time teaching outdoor education to secondary school students,
running weekend rock climbing, canyoning and outdoor leadership trips. They were also heavily
involved in teaching and mentoring university students in skiing and rope sports. Dale and Stuart
were the “go to” people for advice; they were not just friends but also mentors and leaders.
Stuart was an internationally accredited Mountain Guide and, having passed many arduous exams,
he achieved the highest qualification available. This is exceptionally rare for an Australian to achieve.
He guided backcountry ski mountaineering and ice climbing trips in winter as well as traditional
alpine climbing in summer on rock, snow and ice. He also ran avalanche awareness courses and
trained new mountain guides.
Dale was an active member of USC and regular Hotham lodge user. Both she and Stuart always
attended work parties. They provided ropes, climbing and safety equipment that were needed to
obtain access to difficult parts of the Hotham lodge for maintenance. Dale was passionate about the
club and introduced several of the newer members to USC.
Dale and Stuart died suddenly and unexpectedly in a mountaineering accident in December 2015. To
recognise their contribution to and passion for USC and the development of young people’s skills in
skiing and the outdoors, USC is offering a scholarship in their memory.
The Thistlethwaite Holloway Memorial Scholarship
The USC Committee will offer a scholarship to the value of $2000 to young members and members’
children on an annual basis. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist them with training,
competing and/or otherwise pursuing their interest or outdoor sport.
As USC has a strong commitment to the development of young people in alpine sports, successful
applicants may be involved in skiing, competition snowsports and/or other related activities, such as