Membership Update – July 2012

This month we welcome the Lewis family: Vivienne as Senior member, John as Associate member and Benjamin as Junior member. In addition, we welcome 2 senior members: Andrew Buchan and Rebecca Hayter. If you have any questions about membership please find me at the club on a Wednesday night or contact me on:

Social Corner – July 2012

The winners and runners up of each category in the annual WTMC photographic competition were entered into the FMC’s annual photo competition in April. The FMC announced the winners at their AGM in June: Big congratulations to Spencer Clubb and Ian Harrison. Spencer’s photo “morning light at Mountain House” won the Below Bushline category. Ian’s … Read more

Toughing it out in the Raglan Range (medium-without-fit-or-alpine trip on Queens Birthday)

Spencer said bring ice axes, crampons and helmets because we are doing an alpine trip in the Raglan Range. As a trip leader he was pleased with the uniformly high level of fitness and experience of the punters on his trip; quite uncharacteristic for a medium trip. However, there was a reason for this, said … Read more

Neill Winchcombe

The forecast for our 3 day Tararua based tramp over Queen’s birthday was excellent. So, we tramped in Friday night from the Waiohine Gorge road end to Cone Hut on the south eastern Tararuas with real optimism for nailing what looked like a substantial medium trip. Saturday morning was magnificent: neither wind nor clouds. We … Read more

Not to everyone’s liking

 This is not a trip to everyone’s taste. Few majestic views, no clearings for sunshine basking breaks, very limited amenities, scant opportunity for a natter on the middle day and no ‘racking up the miles’ or ‘peak bagging’ for achievement lists. Your gear will come out not quite the same ever again. And with regards … Read more

Burn Hut

On a dreary Saturday morning we contemplated alternative routes as we made our way to Levin. A southerly was forecast and there was already snow on the coastal foothills of the Kapiti coast. As we ascended the windy road to Mangahao Dam 2, the sunny calm weather convinced us to stick with our planned trip … Read more

X-Terra race series

The X-Terra Race series comprises three off-road running events around the capital with breath taking views, jagged coastlines and lush native forest. Runners can choose to do either a short, medium or long course so all running ability is covered so long as you have a general level of fitness and some experience of off-road … Read more

Mangahao Valley to Ohau

Friday night we made the long drive from Levin to the Mangahou road end. The evening was cold but very still at the tail end of the miserable southerly which had blown hard all week. Morning saw a cold and very light drizzle, we donned coats and warms and made haste round the lake, getting … Read more