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Boxing Day Bog Boys

The mission was to install the new dunny at Maungahuka. And Gerard was excited! He’d been waiting for a “window” of fine weather and at last he had it! He rang Roger excitedly: Gerard:The weather’s looking good. Real settled. There are four suns! Roger: Four what? Gerard: Four suns! On TV there was a sun … Read more

A Walk in the Park – a 48 hour S-K

The weekend was fun!?! Friday evening – we left the car at Kiwi Ranch and caught the Club transport up to the Putara roadend. We started walking at 9.42 pm so we had to be out by 9.42 pm on Sunday evening to do the 48-hour S-K! We arrived at Herepai Hut at 11.16 pm … Read more

There’s No Limit to where a Pair of Jandals Will Get You

“Take your fishing rod! You’ll regret it if you don’t.” We were headed off to the us of A for a holiday and in between planning on how many hundred miles a day we would drive and the quality of the barbecue, I had mentioned that Montana was famous for its fishing. I knew this … Read more

Mt Arrowsmith: Snow, Slots, Slabs, Slips and Stock Bridges

Mt Arrowsmith was the challenge.  All 2,781 metres of her on the Main Divide west of Ashburton.  Steve Reeves pulled out on the eleventh hour due to straining his back at Rock ‘n’ Roll dance classes.  The group was now down to eight with Joe Fraser (leader), Tony Reeves, Charlie Batho, Andrew Downes, Simon Wakeman, … Read more

Wellington Tramping & Marine Club Goes Sailing

“Only one more sleep before sailing!” was the excited call from skipper Roger on Thursday night. Three yachts: 31 ft Raport, 35 ft Benedictine and 36 ft Syrena and their crews of 21 trampers were to set sail in the Marlborough Sounds the following day. Three of those trampers claimed to know enough about boats … Read more

River Bashing in the Ruahines

For those who find it tedious to wade through lengthy trip reports of trips they missed here is a quick precy: Two-hour Friday night grunt to Travers Hut; leatherwood crawl; river-bash to Forks Hut; vertical bush-bash to Makawakawa Stream; river-bash to Diggers Hut; quick grunt; mud slide to West Branch of Tamaki River; more river-bashing; … Read more

Squire Celebrates 30 in Aspiring

Following a cruisey venture over the Five Pass trip, 5 punters (Eric, Roger, Andrew, Garry and I) sat in Wanaka, taking it easy, trying to work out what was next on the list. With only 3 days we were restricted but finally made up our minds, it would be a jet boat assisted trip through … Read more

Franklin. My Dear, I don’t give a damn!

I was too young to die. Between myself and the summit lay Newton’s Folly. Beyond that, the De Rose Step. I was way too young to die.  You know how the Royal Family never travel all together, in case the plane goes down. Well, it would be the noble thing to pass on the summit … Read more

Catching a Slow Boat to China (almost)

Our jackets had only just dried from the last soaking. Another shower looks imminent. Bracing against the gunwales we lean towards the centre of the narrow boat, hoping those in front will take the brunt. Waves stand up to meet us, spitting spumes of silty water.  At first glance there was nothing extraordinarily daunting about … Read more

Moonlight Southern Crossing

When I saw the Moonlight Southern Crossing on last winter’s trip schedule I was immediately taken by a strange urge to join in to go and walk among the moonlit clouds. But it clashed with the AIC (like this year, more about that later) so, as Lyndsay had asked full commitment of all AIC punters, … Read more