News, Notices & Stories

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Climbing Trips for 2017

There will be ‘short notice’ climbing trips organised by the Climbing Group.   To go on one of these trips, please go along to a session of Climbing at Extreme Edge at 7 pm on a Monday evening. Read More

Monday night climbing films NOT climbing

On Monday 17th October 2016 I will not be at the normal ASC group climbing session at Panmure (extreme edge). Read More

Weather & Ski Reports

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Rapids 101

The first Tuesday of the summer camp was wet. It rained all day to a forecast of severe gales over most of the country. The camp was sheltered from the wind but the Whanganui River drains from as high as the Tongariro National Park. It certainly expanded its territory that day. After waiting a day or so for the river to go down a little, we were bursting for action, or at least Peter was. So we took the kayaks to the farmer’s property a little south of Taumaranui where he has a river kayak and jetboat business and launched... Read More

An Easy Trip That was Too Hard

An easy ramble around the coast from Ti Point to Matheson’s Bay, Lunch at Leigh and finish at Goat Island reserve. A great day out in the sun with friends. At least that was  my mental picture following Don’s description of the trip. Read More

Waitakere & Hunua Track Closures

Auckland Council and DoC have recently announced the closure of 27km of tracks in the Waitakeres and the closure of an area of the Hunuas. The particular tracks/areas affected are understood to be:Waitakeres: Cascade Kauri • Robinsons Ridge Track, Anawhata • Chateau Mosquito • RGB Track Waiatarua • Walker Kauri Track • Dreamlands Track • Taumata Track, Piha • Lucy Cranwell Track, Karekare • La Trobe Track, Huia • Nuggets Track • Bob Gordon Track (Mt Donald McLean), Parau • Crusher Pipeline Track • Nihotupu Ridge Track • Summit Track (between Nihotupu Ridge and Hamiltons Farley Track) • Farley Track... Read More

Club Forums

The club has a new electronic Forum associated with the website. Read More

A Swamp called Colenso

The idea of a trip to a blue lake nestled in the trees with sandy beaches and a chance for a swim seems to attract trampers like a cat to smelly fish. The numbers for the open tops trips in past years have been quite low so this year we opted for just one trip at anniversary weekend and had 18 book in on the trip. So many in fact, that several experienced trampers pulled out to arrange an alternative to keep away from the crowds, including me. Read More

Ruahines

The trip started with an email from Marianne asking for the details of my Ruahine trip at Auckland Anniversary Weekend. A quick think returned the germ of what looked on the map to be a nice short 2 day trip with a couple of hours at each end to allow for the long drive down to Mangaweka and back. After the experience in 2005, it was clear that trips needed to be kept from being too ambitious. A tops trip in the Ruahines needs to allow for about 4 hours continuous climbing just to get up there. Read More

A mid Winter Dunking in the Ureweras

There should be some reassurance in uncontrollable shivering. It's the body's way of trying to warm up and as Ian, reason for one of my young companions, reminds me it's preferable to the listless warmth of advanced hypothermia. But then Ian, who has come to my rescue yet again, is not soaked in freezing Whakatane River water for the umpteenth time and shaking so badly that holding a kayak paddle is utterly impossible. I have to get warm but every bit of spare clothing is soaked too. Read More

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