Pell Stream Pioneers – Mission Accomplished! (mostly)

Background As far as we can tell, no WTMC club trip has visited Pell Stream hut in the Lewis Pass area in recent years. The hut is considered to be ‘remote’, receiving few visitors. This was the club’s third attempt to get to Pell Stream hut since January 2016, and Catherine, David, and I had … Read more

Studholme Saddle Hut

Labour weekend was a good chance to venture further afield so four of us set off from Wellington for the Kawekas on the Friday evening. Kuripapango campsite, on the Napier-Taihape road, is a long-way from Wellington and with holiday weekend traffic and a pizza stop in Carterton we didn’t arrive until 11.45 pm.  Kuripapango campsite … Read more

Randonée in the Ruahines

Many trampers choose to take on a challenge to give their tramping adventures a purpose. Te Araroa trail hikers are one example, Kuldeep Nandurkar, who is bagging 900 huts in 900 days, is another. Even amongst our own club members we have some ambitious hut-baggers and long-distance adventurers. Maarten Ruiter is one of them. Earlier … Read more

Mount Matthews and Ocean Beach: wild and wonderful weather

Long summery evenings are a most wonderful thing. It was still light as we bounded along the Orongorongo Valley track on Friday evening; dark only settling down upon us as we reached the river. Using a waypoint that Bram had marked on his gps we successfully navigated in the, suddenly rather dark darkness, to the … Read more

Wellington Mountain Radio Service

The Service is a volunteer, non-profit organisation dedicated to providing radio communications in remote areas where no other forms of communication is available. It was set up by trampers for trampers and others. The service urgently needs a volunteer to assist with bookings and handling radios in the Wellington city area.  Tramping experience is very … Read more

Refreshed WTMC Policies

You might have noticed we’ve been gradually migrating information from the old WTMC website to this flash new one. The latest information to be moved are the WTMC policies. These policies are our guiding stars for running the club safely, fairly and efficiently. They are written with WTMC’s core purpose of enjoying the outdoors at … Read more

Women Mountaineers Reach for the Heights

Jan Bolwell’s new play Taking the High Ground delves into the lives of two outstanding climbers. Freda du Faur, an Australian, was the first woman to scale Aoraki/Mount Cook in 1910. Lydia Bradey, a New Zealander, was the first woman to scale Mount Everest solo and without oxygen in 1988. Bolwell pushes the women together … Read more