The mountain has had a few sprinklings of snow indicating that things up there are gettingcooler along with the days getting shorter. Reflecting on this time last year things were a bit nerve wracking with a close down of thecountry and not knowing what the future would bring for the lodge. We can move into … Read more
Summer Lodge Ruapehu 2019/2020 To all you potential Ruapehu summer lodge users. This year we are extending our ‘Open Lodge’ period, from just the two short weeks of Christmas/New Year to include the week or so after. So, the lodge will be open from Boxing Day 2019 through to Thursday 16th January 2020, a period … Read more
Date: October 2018.
Trip type: Ski touring.
Location: Mt Ruapehu.
Author: Tony Gazley.
Trampers: Graeme Hearfield, Genevieve Luketina, Catherine Mills, James Goodchild, Sumudu Jayalath, Lincoln North, Tony Gazley.
Some of the best skiing at Ruapehu is high on the mountain in the spring time. With this in mind Graeme organised and led a ski touring trip on Labour Weekend based at the club lodge. Over the next 2½ days we skied and boarded the Mangatoetoenui, Whangaehu, Whakapapa, and Mangaturuturu Glaciers, and dropped down … Read more
On 22 September 2018 the Wellington Inter-Club Ski and Snowboard races took place at Whakapapa Ski Field. WTMC did very well: – 1st place for combined teams event which is made up of; 6 men & 4 Women – We won the Mens team: Robert Griffiths, Zac Lund, Mathew Booth and Dan Lillico – We … Read more
Date: 14-16 September 2018.
Trip type: Alp 1 (Medium-Fit).
Location: Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park.
Trampers: Henry (leader), Katy, Mike W, Erik, George, Jess, Stuart and Tereza.
A pillow, curtains, carpet, even a hot shower. I like this style of alpine climbing! Staying at the lodge on Whakapapa is a great way to soften the blow of an alpine start. Our crew were up at 5am and out the door by 6am on Saturday morning, and we enjoyed the soft glow of … Read more
Date: 27th June to 25th July 2018.
Trip type: Alpine Training Course.
Location: Ruapehu Lodge at Iwikau Village, Tongariro National Park.
Author: Henry F,.
Trampers: Instructors: Henry F, Emily S, Gareth R, Graeme H, Elisabet H, Nick H and Sophie A. Students: Aimee, Bart, Byron, George, Greta, Holly, Howard, Jan, Jess, Juan, Lukas, Maj-Britt, Matt C, Rohan, Shauna, Tim H, Tracey, Uta, Viola, Zuzana.
INTRODUCTION Snowcraft 2018 is now complete, with 20 students participating in this introductory course to moving safely and efficiently in an alpine environment. While still following the familiar and established course format of theory sessions mixed with two weekends on the mountain, we progressed with the emphasis introduced last year on keeping the skills relevant … Read more
The final day for submitting photos for the summer lodge competition was 30 May. There were not a lot of entries but regardless there are some nice images of trips that can be done from the lodge, and some of the lodge itself. The winners and runners-up will be decided by popular vote. Have a … Read more
Date: 20-22 April 2018.
Trip type: Medium Tramping.
Location: Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park.
Trampers: Kerry (leader), Jan, James, Bart, Jacob, David, Byron, Lachlan, Anna, Jen, Maj-Britt and Aimee.
Two van loads of happy WTMC trampers reached our lodge close to midnight. Everything was completely fogged in. Luckily the green lights up at XXC gave a good hint where to stop and try to find the stairs to the lodge. Most of us were lodge virgins and when we arrived we were all in … Read more