Date: 8 October 2022.
Trip type: Alp1: Private trip.
Location: Te Heuheu, Mt Ruapehu.
Trampers: Tony G, Aimee, Jamie & Sarah.
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” This quote came to my mind as I approached the summit of Te Heuheu via Pinnacle Ridge, something I never dreamed I would be doing. I was once again chasing dinosaurs up the mountain on a … Read more
Date: 7-9 October 2022.
Trip type: Alp1.
Author: Jon K.
Trampers: Caryl, Mike W (leaders), Yen Fei, Anne, Lynsey, Mathew, Jon K.
Seven keen alpinists departed the railway station on Friday, chasing a stunning forecast promising bluebird conditions on Ruapehu. After a cosy night in the well-appointed WTMC lodge, the group made early progress up the hut ridge in the golden light of dawn. Wispy cloud and rays of light played about Ngauruhoe and surrounds. Some truly … Read more
Date: 12-14th August 2022.
Trip type: Alp 1.
Location: Ringatoto East Ridge from Rangipo Hut.
Author: James Johnston.
Trampers: Henry Fisher, Tereza Bublikova, Paul McCredie, Sophie Aitchison.
Friday – Wellington to Rangipo Hut Excitement was in the air as we left Platform 9 at 5pm on Friday – we had a great group, a promising forecast and a full moon to look forward to. 4.5 hours later we turned on to the Tukino Access Road. It’s a bumpy ride at the start … Read more
Date: Winter 2021.
Trip type: Alpine instruction.
Author: Jon K.
Trampers: Jon K.
A few weeks back I enjoyed a special opportunity to firm up some alpine skills with the support of a WTMC scholarship on a Hillary Outdoors alpine instruction course. The two days up at Ruapehu were a nice crash course in travelling in a mixed alpine environment practising the tools of the trade. Our first … 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: 19-22 April 2019.
Trip type: Cycle Packing.
Location: Whanganui National Park.
Author: Henry Fisher.
Trampers: Henry Fisher.
INTRODUCTION Over Easter weekend I took a trip through and around the Forgotten World Highway, between Taumarunui and New Plymouth. This area is surprisingly beautiful for how little I have heard about it before going, and still relatively quiet in terms of traffic. As you pass through, there are stunning views of the Ruapehu massif, … 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
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: 7-9 September 2018.
Trip type: Alp3 Medium-Fit.
Location: Girdlestone Peak, Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park.
Author: Nick H.
Trampers: Nick (leader), Elisabet.
A whole week of snow made for an ominous avalanche forecast on Ruapahu, however we knew we’d be heading up to Ohakune as we had booked non-refundable accomodation at the LKNZ hostel in the town. On the morning of departure our other two members of the team reluctantly withdrew on the basis that it was … Read more
Date: 25-26 August 2018.
Trip type: Alp 1 (Medium).
Location: Te Heu Heu Peak, Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park.
Author: Aimee P.
Trampers: Tony G (leader), Emily S, Bart S, Tim H, Aimee P.
Like the other snowcrafters who had recently completed the WTMC snowcraft course, I was itching to get out on a “real trip” to see what it was like. I had found snowcraft hard. The physical and mental effort required was so much greater than tramping, and I found it frustrating that I couldn’t seem to … Read more