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

A note from Cambridge

Date: 25 April 2016 To: Subject: nothing much just saying hello and thanks Dr Michael Ellims sent a message using the contact form at Hi,For some reason I bumped into the newsletter page while conducting a search on mountaineering and brick walls and was VERY pleasantly surprised. I originally hail from Wainuiomata and … Read more

Tuneful Taranaki Tramping

INTRODUCTION Breaking historical ground (as far as we know), Frances led the first WTMC Musical Tramp with expert skill and agility. The ‘genius’ behind this trip was in the detail: if either of the tramping or musical components had not been achievable – due to adverse weather, broken strings (including hamstrings), or an overcrowded hut … Read more

Familes Group finally do Jumbo-Holdsworth

After the last attempt to go around the loop was stopped due to bad weather in the Tararuas (how surprising!), some of the punters were more than keen for another shot. Fortunately a good weather window coincided with the trip schedule. Some us were left waiting at the road end ready to go, wondering where … Read more

Mitre Flats

Some people don’t like the track into Mitre Flats—named on maps as the Barra Track after the bushman that first cut it. But it isn’t really all that bad—and anyway once there it will have been worth it for it is a delightful area of open grass among the forest, and there is plenty of … Read more

Easter Weekend in Victoria Forest Park

Hello to those of you at the club who I have not met. This is a short summary of my first trip away with the club. The long Easter weekend started with a swift jaunt from work, spare socks, billy and a toothbrush thrown in the pack and we were off! Sharing our journey down … Read more

President’s column

This is the last time that I’ll write something here as President (even if lately I haven’t been writing as often as I’d like). At next week’s AGM, a number of people will step down from Committee. I’d like to thank Steve Austin, Jo Fink, Emily Shrosbree, Rebecca Day and Richard Lardner for their efforts … Read more