Odds & Ends – Avalanche Awareness night, Kapiti Volunteering, Mountain Films & Candidate Conservation Discussion – July 2014

bivouac alpine safety night posterBivouac store hosts Wellington Avalanche Awareness Evening – August 20 @ 7pm 

Bivouac is hosting Andrew Hobman from NZ Mountain Safety Council on 20 August to show some short films and discuss techniques on avalanche awareness. Tickets are just $5 and Bivouac will be providing spot prizes and offering discounts on snow gear and clothing on the night. Limited to 50 people – so get your ticket quick – available from Bivouac store in person or over the phone with credit card. Whether you just pop off the edge of the ski area or go deep into the back country, this evening will inspire and prepare you to get out there – and keep out of trouble!

Where: Bivouac, 39 Mercer Street, Wellington
When: 20 August 7pm
Cost: $5 (limited to 50 tickets)
More details: http://www.bivouac.co.nz/blog/store-news/nationwide-avalanche-awareness-evenings/

Opportunities to Volunteer on (and visit) Kapiti Island

In this newsletter you can read about the club’s recent volunteer work trip and visit to Kapiti Island. At the bottom of the post is information about additional opportunities to volunteer overnight at Kapiti Island, including leading another WTMC volunteer work trip in November. See Emily’s trip report for more details.

TTC Hosts Election Candidates Discussion on Conservation and the Environment

The Tararua Tramping Club on 5 August has invited candidates from the upcoming general election to share their thoughts about conservation and environmental issues in New Zealand. Hear from Eugenie Sage (Greens), Ruth Dyson(Labour), Paul Foster-Bell (National) and Hugh Barr (New Zealand First) . Kevin Hackwell of Forest & Bird will chair the discussion.

Everest Film included in the NZ International Film Festival

The Epic of Everest is screening as part of the film festival – tickets are sold out for the first two sessions, but still available for 10 August at 6pm at the Roxy Cinema. The film is described as

The official film of the ill-fated 1924 attempt at Everest has been spectacularly restored by the British Film Institute. It’s the most majestic and spooked of age-of-conquest documentaries, reverberant with the intimations of nature’s indifference that the filmmakers could scarcely ignore when reviewing their remarkable footage. A new musical soundtrack by Simon Fisher Turner, utilising electronica alongside Nepalese instruments, underscores the haunting effect.

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