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      • From the President … in February … 2021
        • 22 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • A big welcome to all our new members and a huge welcome back to our many continuing members! Covid-19 continues to present challenges but in the bigger picture we remain very fortunate and as a club we’re more prepared. If we return to level 2, it’s likely we’ll continue to run most trips and the ... Read more
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      • Red Hills Ridge
        • 18 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • It had been two years since my first experience of the Richmond Ranges, my first overnight WTMC trip, a medium grade where I bit off more than I could chew. So, when I joined the Wellington Anniversary weekend trip to the Red Hills I was a bit nervous but knew I had the chance to ... Read more
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      • Pelorus Track – Mt Richmond Forest Park
        • 16 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • “You will never get there – it’s a really long way.” Hmmm. This warning was delivered by a man pushing a bike along the Pelorus Track. I wasn’t sure how seriously I should take it given he was pushing a bike along a tramping track but decided to thank him for his advice and continue ... Read more
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      • Faerie Queene – climbing a peak near Lewis Pass
        • 15 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • As many WTMC holiday weekend trips do, this trip started with the Interislander ferry to Picton and a drive to a DoC campsite. This time Kawatiri just beyond St Arnaud and handily situated right next to the both SH6 and SH63 (handy for access that is, less handy for sound sleeping). Queueing for the loo ... Read more
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      • Taranaki maunga east ridge
        • 14 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • What do WTMC trampers do after they have declared they are ‘all tramped-out’ after many trips over the previous six weeks of fine summer weather and they are then presented with a forecast for a further one-day window of perfect weather at a cool little mountain where fine days are rare? Well – they just ... Read more
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      • Makara Beach to Red Rocks
        • 11 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • PS. Permission required from Terawhiti Station to cross private coastal land. PPS. Read Harry’s trip guide
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      • Paua Hut and Mt Matthews
        • 10 Feb 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • I had never stayed in Paua Hut (the club hut in the Orongorongo Valley) and also had not been up Mt Matthews for over four years. When I saw that this tramp required a leader I volunteered. After leaving Wellington Station as per normal on the Friday evening we drove to the Catchpool carpark at ... Read more
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      • Lodge Update – Our Maunga – January 2021
        • 28 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • The weather on the mountain seems to have settled a bit giving favourable conditions for those who will be staying at our lodge. The volcanic hazard level has returned to level 1 which means that all can visit the top of the mountain. This is a fantastic option at this time of the year when ... Read more
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      • From the President … in January … 2021
        • 28 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • Welcome to 2021! We’ve had a great start to the year with a very enjoyable and satisfying trip planning night. For any ideas or if you want to lead or co-lead a trip (we’re more than happy to help find a co-leader and/or mentor for anyone) email Chiefguide@wtmc.org.nz. There’s also been some fun and challenging ... Read more
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      • Mt Rolleston – the highs and lows
        • 21 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • In August 2016 we completed our AIC (Alpine Instruction Course) at Temple Basin in Arthurs Pass. I remember one morning after emerging from our snow cave high up above the ski field, we got the best views of the rising sun lighting up the mountains across the pass. The most prominent of the lot was ... Read more
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      • Ātene Skyline Walk
        • 18 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • Atene Skyline Track For those yet to experience the Whanganui National Park but would like a taste of what the terrain offers, there is the easily accessible Atene Skyline Track.  It is just 30 minutes drive from Whanganui on the Whanganui River Road.   Being a near loop, it will suit many – walkers and trail ... Read more
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      • Alpha Hut via Marchant Ridge
        • 18 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • Alpha Hut was our plan B, as we could not make the Southern Crossing happen due to the closing of the Otaki Forks road.  We met on Saturday bright and early at 6:30am at the train station, before driving to Kaitoke carpark (Kiwi Road end). We left around 7:45am and started walking in the beautiful ... Read more
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      • Tongariro Northern Circuit in a day
        • 18 Jan 2021
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • DOC promote this Great Walk as a 3-4 day tramp with two or three overnight stays (Mangatepopo, Oturere, Waihohonu Huts) for good reason. The scenery is exceptional. Alternatively, it can be walked in two days with each day at least 8 hours. However, the Northern Circuit in a day is possible. Trail runners run it ... Read more
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      • From the President … in December … 2020
        • 23 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • A massive thank you to all our members – for your support and understanding throughout a difficult year for everyone and for the club. While 2020 has been challenging in many ways, there’s also been many fantastic trips and other highlights in the year, including in the last month or so. I was fortunate enough ... Read more
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      • Lodge Update – Our Maunga – December 2020
        • 23 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • The weather seems to have settled a bit on the mountain after weeks of wet weather since Labour weekend. But now just to spoil things, the maunga is now at volcanic alert level 2, which means that a visit to the top is no longer an option until a drop to level 1. I had ... Read more
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      • Back to nature in the Ruahines
        • 23 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • We were all ready for a weekend away and the best excuse is the opportunity to get back into nature. We arrived Friday night with a relaxing 30 minute walk to Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Hut. The advantage with reaching summer time is the long day light hours and arriving to the hut before dark. ... Read more
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      • Otaki Forks temporary walking access
        • 22 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • As of 21 December 2020 DOC has opened an Otaki Forks temporary walking access track. This is good news for trampers wanting to use the Field or Waitewaewae Tracks given the road is unlikely to be open for some time (12 months has been mentioned). So where does the track go? Park your car near ... Read more
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      • Taranaki West Side Story
        • 21 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • Taranaki Maunga West Side Story The unexpurgated version Contents CHAPTER 1 This latest collapse sent a massive avalanche of volcanic debris … CHAPTER 2 … and many of us were feeling a bit nervous about the loose rock situation … CHAPTER 3 … dozens of stones had now started ricocheting down the slope … CHAPTER ... Read more
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      • The Haunting of Iron Gate Hut
        • 21 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • I am not a superstitious man, but even I am loath to tempt fate by venturing out, away from civilization, on All Hallow’s Eve. On the night of Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is thinnest and the spirits of the dead are free to roam the earth, anything is possible, and good, sensible ... Read more
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      • Mountain Turks
        • 20 Dec 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • Not a hut, not a tank, but a Turk working bee……this line from the Mountain Turk Club website intrigued me as I was hobbling around Wellington in a moon boot last February. I quickly agreed to fly south to Queenstown to assist the Mountain Turk Club building a Turk for a weekend, light relief as ... Read more
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      • From the President … in November
        • 26 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • As we near the year’s end it’s a great time to reflect, not just on the challenges of this year but also how much there is to celebrate. I want to firstly celebrate and thank the many volunteers that make the club as great as it is. In helping get together a list of our ... Read more
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      • Whirinaki Forest, Te Pua-a-Tāne Circuit
        • 23 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • ‘Whio, whio’, I could hardly believe it—we had been walking for less than two hours and already my promise of sightings of the nationally vulnerable whio on this trip was coming true. I could see why the circuit we were tramping was called the Te Pua-a-Tāne Circuit—the name itself means the abundance or blossoming of ... Read more
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      • Richmond Range (a primer)
        • 16 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • We weren’t supposed to be in the Mount Richmond Forest Park – that was Plan C. But the weather had already put paid to Plans A and B. So as we were driving up Staircase Road to the Lake Chalice carpark and a pine tree fell in slow motion across the road immediately in front ... Read more
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      • Te Ao Whekere Reconaissance
        • 13 Nov 2020
        • Wellington Tramping and Mountainneering Club
        • Sometimes trips I lead are a bit chaotic. This one was no exception! High winds forecast for the Sunday afternoon ruled out camping anywhere along the ridge, so our crazy plan was to summit Te Ao Whekere and return in one VERY long day. After a booking fail (my fault) with the ferry, we ended ... Read more
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