FMC Regional Leadership Development Course

Please read 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. Essentially this initiative is … Read more

The 2020 Tramping NZ Calendar Blues (or Rap)

by Harry Smith (Best spoken aloud with a heavy 4/4 rap beat) (Apologies to everyone for this silly nonsense but Tony Gazley  makes me do it every year). Oh God, it’s that time of the year When Tony Gazley’s calendar’s here And he has asked me to review it And I agreed and now I … Read more

Makara Beach to Owhiro (Ohiro) Bay

Terawhiti

What better on a fine and calm Wellington day than to walk around the coast from Makara Beach to Ohiro Bay. Sarah had suggested the trip, Marie had sort of organised it, and so on a glorious Saturday at about 7:45 am we started off. And what a great day it was – lots of … Read more

Ruapehu ski touring

Ruapehu ski touring

  Some of the best skiing at Ruapehu is high on the mountain in the spring time. With this in mind Graeme organised and led a ski touring trip on Labour Weekend based at the club lodge. Over the next 2½ days we skied and boarded the Mangatoetoenui, Whangaehu, Whakapapa, and Mangaturuturu Glaciers, and dropped down … Read more

Mr Taranaki

Not so long ago many mountain gods lived happily together on the central plateau of the North Island. All the warrior mountains longed after Pihanga, the lovely bush cloaked maiden volcano— but particularly Tongariro and Taranaki. Eventually they fought ferociously, the sky darkened, there was thunder and lightning, and lava spumed from their summits. Tongariro … Read more

Tramping with Science at Mitre Flats

Tramping with Science

For the tramping with science trip we wandered into Mitre Flats observing stuff on the way – such as rainbows disappearing when you wear polaroid sunglasses (a rainbow was obligingly at hand), the changing clouds in the sky and what it meant, the surface trace of the Wellington Fault, holes in putaputaweta trunks made by … Read more

Tararua Day Trip – Phillips Stream

Phillips Stream

Canyoning is heaps of fun. Don’t believe me? Well read Megan’s newsletter story of No 1 Canyon. Or take a look at our video of Phillips Stream. There is a small group within the club that is regularly canyoning – and now summer is here it’s time for lots more trips. So seven of us … Read more

Broken Axe Pinnacles

Broken Axe Pinnacles

We arrived at the Holdsworth carpark at 8 am just in time to see the full moon setting below the western hills. Twelve hours later on the ridge between Jumbo and Mt Holdsworth we saw a blood-red full moon rise slowly above the eastern horizon. In between we enjoyed a glorious Tararua early-winter day travelling … Read more