We arrived at the Holdsworth carpark at 8 am just in time to see the full moon setting below the western hills. Twelve hours later on the ridge between Jumbo and Mt Holdsworth we saw a blood-red full moon rise slowly above the eastern horizon. In between we enjoyed a glorious Tararua early-winter day travelling … Read more
Photos submitted for the 2017 WTMC competition will be judged by Grant Newton on Wednesday 19 July at the usual club night time of 7:30 pm. So – all of you who take photos of NZ mountain scenery and mountain related activities are invited to send the best results of your efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 … Read more
Taranaki always seems a lonely mountain separated from all his mates on the Central Plateau. The Maori story of how he ended up standing alone, sad, and badly wounded explained it all perfectly—although nowadays the theory of plate tectonics seems even more plausible. But whichever you believe it is still a fun peak to climb … Read more
WTMC Annual General Meeting (AGM) We are pleased to invite all club members to the AGM of the WTMC to be held on Wednesday 5 April, 2017, at the Sustainability Trust (our temporary club-rooms) at 7:30 pm. An agenda will be sent with a second notification before the 15 March 2017. Tony Gazley President
The WTMC hosted the 2016 Bum Sliding Competition at Mt Ruapehu on Saturday 5 November. There was a large turnout of enthusiastic riders (5 total) and many spectators lined the courses to watch (3 total for the last 10 minutes). The weather was described as ‘atmospheric’, meaning mist, rain, snow, and wind in various combinations … Read more
Sayer Hut is one of the oldest tramping huts in the Tararuas and has a fascinating story to tell. In 1878 Sayer and Potts were prospecting for gold at Totara Flats and accidentally burnt much of the bush on the river banks to form the flats that we know so well. In 1889 Sayer tried … Read more
The life cycle of a wilding pinus contorta in the Eyre Mountains 2016. Photos by Megan Sety. Now NZ wide only about 50 million to go!
On most tramping trips someone will be appointed to carry a club first aid kit. These kits are not intended for general use such as attending to minor cuts and abrasions etc for which you should have your own small kit, but for more serious injuries. Hopefully you will never be required to use one … Read more
A trip in the Mt Owen area of Kahurangi National Park in search of an Owen Ice Cave.
This club easy tramp was made very special because of both the pretty place we went to, and also because everyone on the trip got on so well together. There was never a harsh word, and all those little camping jobs were done as if by magic. Lake Chalice is a delightful place. We arrived … Read more