In preparation for a number of upcoming WTMC canyoning trips over the summer, the club will be running an introductory evening session for members interested in getting involved in canyoning.
For most of us the trip started on the rocks of Titahi Bay a week before learning canyon abseiling basics from Megan, David and Jay. Once we’d got the hang of hand signalling, figure of eights and locking off, we climbed the nearby ‘sheer cliffs’ (with only a handline) for some real descents. Megan and … Read more
As club members are beginning to explore canyoning, we’re keen to support members to develop the skills we need to get in and out of canyons safely. We’ll be organising a 1-day introduction to canyoning 101. This session will cover canyoning safety, rope management skills and abseiling. The session will give you a good introduction … Read more
Kiwicanyons says “Canyoning is the practise of descending rivers and streams, using any combination of walking, climbing, abseiling (rappelling), swimming, jumping and sliding. Canyoning is kind of like a Hydroslide theme park, carved into stone and located in the wilderness. Anyone who loves sliding, jumping and playing in water, exploring, abseiling and technical problem solving … Read more
Canyoning has become more popular in NZ recently and a small group of WTMC club members are joining in the fun. Below is a selection of photos taken on trips to the Patuna Chasm (easy), Turere Stream (not quite so easy), and Chamberlain Creek and the Eager Beaver Canyon (both definitely not quite so easy). … Read more
Launched in 2018, the WTMC scholarship programme is about supporting club members to gain experience and skills. We often think of the club’s courses in leadership, bushcraft and snowcraft or the local alpine club section courses. These are great courses and an excellent first step on your tramping and mountaineering journey, so be sure to … Read more
A new club year and Committee This year’s AGM went well – I’m pleased to welcome the new Committee. There’s a number of familiar faces, including some in new roles, and some new Committee members (welcome Beverley Holder and Mike Campbell). I’m also delighted that post-AGM we now have a new Promotions Officer, Social Convenor … Read more
Day 1 – Leatham Road end to Hidden Hut via Boulder Stream and Wye TrackStart 9.15am, Finish 5.45pmWe left our cars on the grassy patch next to the farmer’s gate, in case the ford (about 10-15 minutes further walk along the 4WD track) was too difficult to cross. We followed the 4WD track until it … Read more