From the President….in October

Labour Day weekend has been and gone and we’ve got longer and longer daylight hours – this is my favourite time of year for tramping! Judging by the many names on the trip sign-up sheets you are also all getting out into the hills with less wear-and-tear on those head-torch batteries needed now. If you’ve been along to one of our club nights recently you may have seen the trailer to Dirtbag – The Legend of Fred Becky (kudos to Tony S for putting his neat idea into action). WTMC is supporting the screening of this film on Tuesday 13th November as a fundraiser for our club scholarships. Buy your ticket online in advance from Eventfinda (no door sales) for a bargain $14. Hope to see you there!


Order your WTMC Journal now

Preparation of this year’s journal is well underway thanks to Tony G, and of course everyone who has submitted a story or photos for publication.

This year the journal will be published online for everyone to enjoy, with the benefits of active links to further photos and information. But we know it’s also nice to have a hard copy for your bookshelf, to send to your grandma for Christmas or to leave as wet weather reading material in the most inaccessible hut you tramp to next year!

To order your hard copy please:


Archiving – are you hoarding any club memorabilia, documents or other material that we should archive?

A group of club members are gathering and organising club material for archiving (thank you archiving team!). Their first task is to work out who’s got what in their attic/shed/under their bed, then what’s worth saving and how best to document and store it. Over the years there are many newsletters, photos, journals, meeting minutes and other material that tell the story of our club since its creation in 1947. If you have any material that you think is of historic value to the club or/and if you’re interested in helping with the archiving efforts then please let Tong G know via .


WTMC Lodge

Check out the latest edition of Ruapehu Rumblings for the news from the WTMC Lodge. Volunteers are required for the post-season deep clean on the weekend of 3rd/4th November and we also need people to act as Lodge Leaders for the ‘Open Lodge’ over the Christmas period. Get in touch via if you can help with either of these events. If you’ve enjoyed the bumper winter season with WTMC then this is your chance to give back to the club so the lodge stays in good shape for the future.


Just a reminder that applications are still open for WTMC Scholarships. Members who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply.

This month I’ve been making the most of the Alpine season with five days in Arthur’s Pass. Twenty of us also visited Broken River ski field where I understand many club memories were made ‘back in the day’. I’ve also been mountain biking along the Heaphy Track and running round Mt Taranaki…just to keep up a bit of variety.

WTMC @ Broken River 2018
WTMC @ Broken River 2018


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