Canyoning Scholarships

The Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club is excited to announced that we are offering scholarships to help our members gain experience and skills with canyoning. In addition, Abel Tasman Canyons and the NZ Canyoning School are offering special discounts for people who receive a scholarship. Canyoning season is now! So don’t wait, apply before you … Read more

Not Girdlestone

Ngauruhoe

As a brand-new member of WTMC, I was informed by the trip leader that the newest members have to write the trip reports. I think it’s a freshly made-up rule, but here it is anyway. The aim of the trip was to climb Girdlestone on Ruapehu.  We never actually saw Girdlestone, nor did we even … Read more

Cathedral Rocks

I’ve been ice climbing and I’ve been camping before, but never at the same time. And I suppose the spoiler of this story is that I’ve still never been ice climbing and camping. From an initial sign up of eight, disease, injury and maybe even a little pestilence took it’s toll and come the day of … Read more

Whanganui River – Te Awa Tupua

Whanganui River

On a nice sunny Thursday evening in mid-November we drove up to Ohakune feeling very excited to be having yet another long week-end—and with no need to carry any heavy packs! I was eager to get back on the river (which now has its own legal status) after a break in my annual pilgrimage, but … Read more

Te Heuheu

Te Heuheu

We left for the Te Heuheu ALP 1 trip at 5.30 pm Fri 1st Sept. Tony is a stickler for time I was told (lucky I am a teacher and I only work 9 to 3 pm—haha) so I made it in time! There were 10 of us in the group and the van headed out from … Read more

The 2018 Tramping calendar – by Harry Smith

Lake Chalice

One of my favourite pieces of poetry is a prose poem by the great 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire called Get Drunk. In English translation it goes like this: Get Drunk! It is essential to be drunk all the time. That’s all: there’s no other problem. If you do not want to feel the … Read more

Mt Matthews – make haste slowly

Mukamuka

As we climbed up to Mt Matthews’ South Saddle, I found myself thinking of Aesop’s fable The Hare and the Tortoise.  ‘Slow and steady; slow and steady’.   I did my best to keep an even—but what seemed like sedate—pace.  It was a change to how I would normally climb a hill with just a day … Read more