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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

Remembering Nick Jennings and Fraser Walls

In early December 2019, WTMC life member Nick Jennings and former WTMC member Fraser Walls passed away. Nick died on 5 December 2019 in Palmerston North from colon cancer, aged 89. Fraser died on 6 December 2019 from a heart attack, aged 78. FRASER WALLS 20 FEBRUARY 1941 – 6 DECEMBER 2019 One of Fraser’s … 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