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
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
Date: 1-3 March 2019.
Trip type: Medium Tramping.
Location: Tongariro Northern Circuit, Tongariro National Park.
Trampers: Juan (leader), Bart, Huw, Anne, Anastasia, Katie, Regan, Rosanne and Simon.
Saturday morning 6:30 we set off from Whakapapa village to join Juan to tick off his final great walk. The crisp morning led us to shatter the DOC times and tramp to Mangatapopo hut in 2:15 instead of the designated 4 hours. After a quick break we joined the refugee caravan on the Tongariro crossing. Hundreds of … 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: 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
Date: 10-12 August 2018.
Trip type: Alp2 Medium-Fit.
Location: Pinnacle Ridge, Ruapehu.
Author: Nick H.
Trampers: Nick H (leader), Elisabet, Gareth, Henry.
Every time I’ve ever visited Whakapapa, like most others (I imagine) I have stared up in awe at this ridge line and wondered just what it feels like to stand on the tops and look back down at the ski field. The guide suggests it’s not difficult, but it depends on your experience. I wouldn’t … Read more
Date: 3-5 August 2018.
Trip type: Alp2 Fit.
Location: Cathedral Rocks, Ruapehu.
Author: Nick H.
Trampers: Mike P (leader), Katy, Elisabet, Gareth, Stuart, Mike B, Fiona, Nick H.
We had a slower than usual trip out of Wellington Friday, but it was made all the more interesting by a well contested game of ‘I spy’, initiated by a fellow travel buddy Oliver (who was travelling up with his Dad Simon for a weekend of the “going downhill fast in a good way” variety. … 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