Alpine Trips

Fixed Alpine Trip Schedule

Below is the list of WTMC alpine trips that are scheduled to go to specific destinations on specific weekends in Winter 2020.

Scroll down the page to find out more information about the WTMC ‘Flexible Alpine Schedule’, which is for “short notice” trips to enable more alpine trips to go ahead and more club members to get out and practice their skills.

For all trips, go to main trip page…

Last update: 24 Sep 2020

24-26 July

  • Alp 2 (MF) Tongariro NP, Ropes and pitching skills refresher from Lodge. map (Caryl Ramos), signup closes: 08 Jul 2020. Previous experience and own gear required. Max group size of 6.
  • Alp 1 (M) Tongariro NP, Oturere Hut from Mangatepopo. map (Tiffany Shih + Emily Shrosbree), signup closes: 08 Jul 2020. Fri night: Mangatepopo hut. Sat: Cross stream and up to summit of Tongariro then down to Emerald lakes and Oturere hut. Sun: Back via pt. 1727, skirt base of Ngauruhoe and join main track. Max group size of 6. Tags

7-9 August

  • Alp 1 (M) Tongariro NP, Te Heuheu from Lodge. map (Henry Fisher), signup closes: 22 Jul 2020. Max group size of 5. Tags
  • Alp 1 (F) Tongariro NP, Peak Bagging from Lodge. map (Stuart Meiklejohn), signup closes: 22 Jul 2020. Max group size of 5.

14-16 August

  • Alp 2 (F) Tongariro NP, Pinnacles Traverse from Lodge. map (Henry Fisher), signup closes: 29 Jul 2020. CANCELLED – Lodge being closed, level2. Max group size of 4.

4-6 September

  • Alp 1 (M) Craigieburn FP, Craigieburn Exploration from Criagieburn Campsite. map (Leader required), signup closes: 12 Aug 2020. CANCELLED – No Leader

11-13 September

  • Alp 1 (M) Tongariro NP, Ruapehu summit plateau camping from Lodge. map (Gareth Robinson), signup closes: 26 Aug 2020.

18-20 September

  • Alp 1+ (MF) Tongariro NP, Southern Peaks from Lodge. map (Henry Fisher), signup closes: 02 Sep 2020. This trip is full, but if you would like to be added to the reserve list please contact the trip leader or chief guide. Max group size of 6.

2-4 October

  • Alp 1 (M) Tongariro NP, Moonlight Tongariro Crossing from Mangatepopo Rd. map (Matt Conway / Emily Shrosbree), signup closes: 16 Sep 2020. This trip is full, but if you would like to be added to the reserve list please contact the trip leader or chief guide.

16-18 October

  • Alp 1 (M) Tongariro NP, Paretetaitonga from Lodge. map (Henry Fisher), signup closes: 30 Sep 2020. This trip is full, but if you would like to be added to the reserve list please contact the trip leader or chief guide. Max group size of 6.

23-26 October (Labour weekend)

  • Alp 1 (M) Nelson Lakes NP, Mt Angelus from Mt Robert Road. map (Leader required), signup closes: 30 Sep 2020. Fri night – Kowhai Pt campsite. Sat – Roberts Ridge to Mt Angelus Hut. Sun – Sunset Saddle & Hopeless – Coldwater Hut. Mon – Lakeside Track to roadend.Tags
  • Alp 2 (MF) Nelson Lakes NP, Mt Hopeless from St Arnaud. map (Leader required), signup closes: 30 Sep 2020. Sat – water taxi to Coldwater Hut, walk to Mt Hopeless Hut. Climb Mt Hopeless, return to Mt Hopeless Hut. Mon- out to St Arnaud.
  • Alp 1 (M) Seaward Kaikoura Range, Te Ao Whekere High Camp map (Aimee Paterson + co-leader), signup closes: 30 Sep 2020. Possible day off work required (so four days instead of three). Snow camp required.

Flexible Alpine Trip Schedule

The Flexible Alpine Schedule is based on using a Wednesday weather forecast to pinpoint where the best weather conditions are for that weekend, and then plan an alpine trip in that area. These “short notice” trips are to enable more alpine trips to go ahead and more club members to get out and practice their skills.

As with tramping trips, Trip Leaders have the right to refuse people on trips if they are unsure about their capabilities. This is even more important in an alpine environment, where the risks and consequences are often more serious. 

To register your interest for a trip, please email the address in column F by 12pm the Wednesday before the trip. Please include in that email:

  • Any relevant medical conditions
  • Any relevant dietary requirements 
  • If you have a cooker/gas you are willing to bring
  • If you have a car you are willing to bring
  • If you have a tent for alpine camping and how many it can sleep
  • Confirmation you can meet the trip leader’s requirements (see column E)
  • If you do not know the leader, a short description of your alpine experience
  • An emergency contact person
  • A cell phone number if the leader needs to get hold of you urgently

The Trip Leader or Facilitator will email you by 6pm Wednesday evening to let you know if you need to pick up any club gear.

They will also email you as soon as they are able to let you know:

  • The trip plan (or that the trip is cancelled due to weather)
  • Gear and food requirements/allocations
  • Any costs you are required to pay before the trip departs

It is up to you to be watching your emails and be responsive to Trip Leader or Facilitator directions and deadlines from the Wednesday onwards. The Trip Leader or Facilitator will not chase you if they do not hear from you.