Taranaki West Side Story – the missing chapter

Taranaki west side

The policeman standing at the end of the track asked me, “did you see any pink ribbons?”  And then immediately said, “I hope you didn’t try to climb to the summit from Kahui Hut.”  When I answered with the second ‘yes’ he scowled. A few weeks previously Emily President had led a club trip to … Read more

Otago Mountainbiking

Obelisk Old Man Range

Club night talks can be inspiring. Tony G did a talk in 2014 about his mountain bike trip to Central Otago—and I wanted to go! Another club talk made me spent $10k for 10 days in the Sub Antarctic Islands—be careful about the thrills of a Wednesday night! During my ecology degree there was mention … Read more

Packrafting safety instruction

What a lark! Hooning down the Tararua rivers in a 1.6 kg inflatable dinghy—including all the kit (floatation device (PFD) and paddle). Welcome to the wonderful world of packrafting! Having had a very harebrained thought to do just the same thing by myself a few years ago, except with questionable gear, no training and no … Read more

Arthur’s Pass – alpine adventures with different beans

Arthur's Pass

It takes courage and skills to organise an alpine tramp for a party of 20 to go all the way from Wellington to Arthur’s Pass, and our amazing Megan Sety had the courage, the skills, and much more. With at least three months of planning, she managed to put together an outstanding frontline of six … Read more

2018 WTMC Photo Competion

The annual WTMC photo competition was held at the club-rooms on 8 August. The photos were judged by Grant Newton, and the prizes for the winners of each category were provided with a generous donation from life-member Ron Fayle. Grant’s comments were well received by all competitors and visitors. He particularly noted that although many … Read more

A bunch of tramps in the Tararuas

Soon after fuelling ourselves at a Turkish restaurant on our way to the Tararua Forest Park we arrived at the beginning of our trail and set off. The four of us had a wet two hour tramp through the darkness, lighting the trail with our head torches to our first shelter, Herepai Hut. We managed … Read more