The Climb of Torayoc (1968 WTMC Andean Expedition)

From the 21st anniversary WTMC Journal, “Impressions of a Tramping Club”. It took two weeks of interminable wrangling, four customs agents and dozens of rubber stamps and signatures to clear the two tons of expedition gear and food through customs in Lima – a very depressing time. Ken and I had stayed in Lima for … Read moreThe Climb of Torayoc (1968 WTMC Andean Expedition)

Nick Jennings – Life Member

Nick Jennings’ tramping CV is impressive. The list of roles he’s performed for WTMC, Federated Mountain Clubs, Mountain Safety Council, DOC and its predecessors, and LandSAR, is extensive. Mike Gilbert spent an afternoon talking with Nick about the times and places behind the statistics. How long ago did you start tramping? I started in the … Read moreNick Jennings – Life Member

Pete Goodwin – Life Member

I mentioned to Pete one weekend at Ruapehu Lodge that I was doing some Life Member interviews and he promptly said ‘Right we’d better bloody get on with it then’. So he regaled me with decades of club adventures over coffee surrounded by kids playing and with stunning views of Taranaki out the window. When … Read morePete Goodwin – Life Member

Ruapehu Rumblings – October 2014

What an epic season! After an inauspicious start we got the right snow at the right time and now Turoa has been able to extend their spring season through to “Snovember”. The lodge was pretty full most weekends, a great result thanks in no small part to Ray and Gareth, who between them brought over 60 … Read moreRuapehu Rumblings – October 2014

Tips and hints from the early days

Nick Jennings, a club member from way back, five times Club President and Life Member for his many contributions over the years, came to share his wisdom at a Wednesday Night club meeting recently. Here is his advice, gleaned from decades in the bush over the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and later. Don’t start reading Science … Read moreTips and hints from the early days

Sue Walsh Life Member – Some recollections from Wayne

Wayne Stevens spoke at the April 2011 AGM, supporting Sue’s nomination as a Life Member. I’ve known Sue since joining the Club in 1992. Sue has been on the Committee for the entire time that I’ve been in the club occupying a range of positions from President to Secretary, Vice President and other roles. She … Read moreSue Walsh Life Member – Some recollections from Wayne