Membership – June 2012

This month we welcome the following new members: Senior members David Heffernan, Jo Fink, John Price and Richard Lyth Associate member Sarah Lyth, and Junior member Hamish Lyth The club has ordered the 2012-2013 Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) Discount Cards. These will be sent out with the next FMC bulletin, so look out for them … Read more

Renata Hut via Pukeatua

Renata Hut has loads of ambience. Ambience of a basic tin shed with some paint slapped on about 100 years ago with a collection of critters and the special indoor garden found in all continually damp locations. But I have never yet been sad to see it. All routes in I have taken so far … Read more

Field Hut

We left Wellington on Friday evening, so that the Medium Fits we were travelling with could hit the trail early the following morning. Parking up at the trail head we put on our head torches and made the short walk out to Parawai Hut. For Jo and I this was the first time tramping with … Read more

Papatahi Crossing: Catchpool to Wairarapa

I’ve always wondered about that lonely meandering track from the Orongorongo valley, that finishes in the unfashionable backwaters of the South-West Wairarapa. And I see that Kate Cushing must feel that way too, since she’s leading a trip here on 29 June. Two of us took a look last month on the spur of the … Read more

A natural high

It was with some trepidation that I joined a group of fellow trampers at the Wellington railway station on Friday evening. I had signed up to tramp into the Ruahines over the weekend. This was my first major tramp into one of New Zealand’s mountain ranges, near winter. I know it’s been said before but … Read more