Ruapehu Rumblings – May 2016

We’re getting excited about the 2016 Whakapapa snow season.  The Ruapehu crew have secured a licence renewal with DOC, and so a flood of money is set to hit the Whakapapa facilities.  This means a new quad express lift to replace the Centennial Chair this year, and a quad chairlift to replace the Waterfall T-bar in 2017.  Good … Read more

The Climb of Torayoc (1968 WTMC Andean Expedition)

From the 21st anniversary WTMC Journal, “Impressions of a Tramping Club”. It took two weeks of interminable wrangling, four customs agents and dozens of rubber stamps and signatures to clear the two tons of expedition gear and food through customs in Lima – a very depressing time. Ken and I had stayed in Lima for … Read more

Nick Jennings – Life Member

Nick Jennings’ tramping CV is impressive. The list of roles he’s performed for WTMC, Federated Mountain Clubs, Mountain Safety Council, DOC and its predecessors, and LandSAR, is extensive. Mike Gilbert spent an afternoon talking with Nick about the times and places behind the statistics. How long ago did you start tramping? I started in the … Read more

Pete Goodwin – Life Member

I mentioned to Pete one weekend at Ruapehu Lodge that I was doing some Life Member interviews and he promptly said ‘Right we’d better bloody get on with it then’. So he regaled me with decades of club adventures over coffee surrounded by kids playing and with stunning views of Taranaki out the window. When … Read more

WTMC Trail runners represent at Tarawera Ultramarathon

WTMC Trail runners recorded some some great results in the 2015 Tararewa Ultra Marathon on  7 February. This is an event for people who scoff at a mere 42km marathon and carry on to do 60, 85, even 100km.   Sarah was buzzing after she got her fantastic 4th in agegroup: “My goal was simply to get … Read more

11 Feb is New Trampers Night

The next WTMC New Trampers Night is 11 Feb – at the usual time (from 7:30pm) and the usual place (Tararua Hall, Moncrieff St, Mt Vic). We need you to come along – it doesn’t matter if you are new to the club, if you have only been with us a short while, or if you are … Read more