Membership – Sept 2011

This month we welcome two Senior members: Maarten Ruiter and Yingjie Zhang, and Alex Huang as a Family member. If you have been reading our previous newsletters you would have noticed that we are currently reviewing our membership policies.  We have asked for your views and suggestions.  Thank you to a number of people who … Read more

Mount Bruce family trip

“We’ll name it Bigwheels, and it’s a he,” said Jack, as we set off on our journey.  Our rental van had enough character that we thought we’d better give it – him – a name.  Character isn’t usually a great sign in a vehicle, unless maybe it’s a Ferrari or a Monster Truck.  This van … Read more

Oatmeal for the Soul

I grew up happily located between Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks. As a youngster tramping for me was an enviable choice between silver beech in the hills or golden beach on the coast. So naturally, when I first moved to Wellington I looked down my nose at the Tararuas. A fellow Mainlander, John Pascoe, … Read more

I want me money back

The club newsletter for July listed a five day trip to the Richmond Range and commented that the leader Jenny was planning an epic. This sounded like a trip one should definitely sign up for—especially when there had recently been a very heavy snowfall throughout much of the South Island, and more snow and gale … Read more

Waitewaewae Hut

I was disappointed that we weren’t camping out on the Friday night.  It is one of the few chances that I get to see the stars without the light pollution from the city.  As it was, I had to set the alarm for 5.45am on the Saturday morning.  Times before 6am are anathema to me … Read more

Snowcraft 2 – A reply from the Elites

Quick out of the blocks on Friday night at 5.30pmish, Snowcraft 2 set off for our second trip to The Mountain. Due to delays from phaffing, traffic and phaffing, some had to consume their Bulls kebabs on-the-run. The sun-gods seemed to have turned their back on Whakapapa this time, choosing instead to warm the faces … Read more

Jumbo / Powell circuit

I had one of those days where serious lapse in judgment overtook me.  This coming Sunday weather was going to be a stunner.  So, what do I do?  I decide to enquire with Shirley (Queen of the Tararuas) if she’d like to do a day walk on the Sunday.  Left it entirely up to Shirley … Read more