Two Thumb Range

As is a common occurrence, this trip started life as three days of perfect weather camping in the basin below the Dasler Pinnacles and attempting to climb one of the Pinnacles. Of course, the weather made us consider a few alternatives as there had been some significant rain during the week previous, which meant we … Read more

Hollyford Pyke

Lake McKerrow

Hollyford Pyke packraft The Hollyford Pyke circuit seems to defy gravity. You start at the Hollyford Road end and paddle down the Hollyford River, across Lake McKerrow, and down the estuary to the wild west coast at Martins Bay. You walk north around the coast to Big Bay and then inland for 3 hours on … Read more

Hard to find huts – putting navigation to the test

I first learned about Punga Hut a few years ago at a WTMC social night talk on the best huts and tracks not on the map. Ever since, it has been on my adventure wishlist. When we did the number 1 canyon, I tried to convince the guys to make the short jaunt to visit … Read more

Jam Hut and Hornby Bivvy

Jam Hut

Jam Hut and Hornby Bivvy by Megan Sety . We had booked flights to Christchurch with the plan to go over Ball Pass in the Mount Cook area. But the weather forecast was for rain throughout the main divide and high winds everywhere. The Seaward Kaikoura Range seemed about the only place that would be … Read more

Old Man Hut, Richmond Ranges

Lake Chalice, Richmond Ranges

On Friday afternoon I met with Elly our trip leader at 2.30pm at the car rental office to collect a fancy SUV. We drove to the train station to get Matt (whom I have been tramping quite a lot with on recent club trips) and Nicole who is a colleague of Elly’s. We arrived at … Read more

Waterfall Hut

Walking up a shingle spur

We set off on Friday after work with the club van and headed for Hawke’s Bay. After dinner in Carterton and a few driver changes, we parked at North Block Rd end at 10pm, and were asleep by 10:30pm at Triple X Hut. On Saturday we could take it easy and have a relaxed breakfast … Read more

Mangatoetoe Hut

The trip in pictures What people thought of the trip Well organised and it provided a really good introduction to club trips. I gained some useful tips on the basics, like how to properly pour out of a billy when it’s full of boiling water! and what ongaonga looks like. I liked the scenery, the … Read more

FMC Regional Leadership Development Course

Could be worth your time reading FMC Regional Leadership Development Course – February 2020 Earlier this year the FMC kicked off an initiative that is intended to assist tramping clubs recruit and train trip leaders. Most clubs have a systemic problem with recruiting and retaining a sufficient number of members who can capably lead trips. … Read more

Crooked Spur Hut

Snow covered mountain

DATE: 29 August to 1 September 2019 TRIP: ALP1 LOCATION: Crooked Spur hut, Two Thumbs Range AUTHOR: Byron TRAMPERS: Byron and Tiffany “A bit overweight, but that’s alright,” said the Air NZ staffer, as they attached a “heavy” label to my bag. “Excellent,” I thought to myself. “I look forward to putting that on my … Read more

Restorative Retreat Weekend at Gosling Hut

Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm we careened out of Platform 9 (¾) and skidded to a halt outside the Interislander. Personally I was thrilled to be in the van, having only ever been a foot passenger on the ferry—what a treat! We arrived in Picton around 8:00 pm and that was the extent to which … Read more