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Bushcraft 2019 - Change of Date

This trip is on 23-24 February 2019 - a week earlier than advertised on the Trip Card

This weekend is an opportunity to develop a range of outdoor skills that will help to make trips into the back country safer and more enjoyable. We will start at the Tamaki West road-end near Dannevirke where we can spend some time on topics such as clothing for tramping, navigation with map and compass, route planning, environmental care code, stoves and fuel, leadership etc.

After lunch we will make our way up Holmes Ridge to find a suitable spot just north of Stanfield Hut where we can fly camp for the night. We will discuss camp-craft, food and water, emergency communications and first aid. On Sunday the intention is to have a session on water safety and loss of route procedure before following the creek back to the road end. Please be aware that there may be some young people involved!

See the trip card for contact details.

Winter Trip Card - 2019

Say, what?

The link for the winter trip card is below. Seems crazy to be thinking of winter already but if we are to save on postage and send the trip card out with the March FMC Bulletin it needs to be printed by the middle of March. Could you please add your adventures by the end of February.

Put your trips on the MTSC Winter 2019 Trip Card.

Summer Trip Card - 2018-2019

The latest trip card is now on line! See:

MTSC Summer Trip Card

Lodge Work Parties

The plans for the upcoming changes to the lodge layout are here. Feel free to contact the Lodge Manager, John Lyttle, to provide feedback.

There is a lot of work to be done relating to the lodge alterations, and we'd appreciate your help. Please contact the Lodge Manager, John Lyttle, to find out more details and to let him know you are available. The scheduled work party dates are:

  • 2-6 Feb 2019; 23,24 Feb 2019
  • 16,17 Mar 2019
  • 6,7 April 2019; 19-22 April 2019

Summer at the Lodge

Mt Ruapehu is a nice place to be in the Summer. Make your lodge bookings early to ensure your place on the dates you want.

NOTE: Access to the Whakapapa Ski Area is limited while a new Gondola is being constructed. RAL says "there will be major construction areas from the base area to the Knoll Ridge Cafe. ALL Cafes, Lifts and Summer Sightseeing operations will be CLOSED this summer."

Photo Competition

This annual event was held on Tuesday 7 August 2018. Here are the results.

MTSC Lodge

The lodge at Ruapehu is a great launching pad for your Winter and Summer adventures. See the lodge page for further details.

Events

Coming up...

Tuesday 5 March 2019 - 7:30 pm

Glenn Pendergrast

The Arizona National Scenic Trail

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms (Next to the Lido) 50 Park Road, Palmerston North.

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In the spring of 2017 Glenn Pendergrast hiked the Arizona National Scenic Trail, aka: the Arizona Trail, aka: AZT which is part of the USA’s National Scenic Trail system and was officially opened in 2011.

The AZT is 1,300 km long and travels the length of Arizona from the Mexican border to the Utah border. The trail is walked in spring or autumn to avoid deep snow in winter and the heat and lack of water in summer. The first half is the most strenuous as the trail crosses many small mountain ranges (collectively known as the Sky Islands) whereas the second half is easier going on a high plateau.

The highlight of the trail is hiking across the Grand Canyon just a few days from the finish.


Tuesday 5 March 2019 - 7:30 pm

Glenn Pendergrast

The Arizona National Scenic Trail

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms (Next to the Lido) 50 Park Road, Palmerston North.

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In the spring of 2017 Glenn Pendergrast hiked the Arizona National Scenic Trail, aka: the Arizona Trail, aka: AZT which is part of the USA’s National Scenic Trail system and was officially opened in 2011.
The AZT is 1,300 km long and travels the length of Arizona from the Mexican border to the Utah border. The trail is walked in spring or autumn to avoid deep snow in winter and the heat and lack of water in summer. The first half is the most strenuous as the trail crosses many small mountain ranges (collectively known as the Sky Islands) whereas the second half is easier going on a high plateau.
The highlight of the trail is hiking across the Grand Canyon just a few days from the finish.

Tuesday 2 April 2019 - 7:30 pm

John Beech

Introducing High School Students to Tramping

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms (Next to the Lido) 50 Park Road, Palmerston North.

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Taking high school students into the mountains can be an extremely rewarding activity. It is where they often step up and demonstrate incredible resilience and stamina. Students love the camaraderie of each other plus enjoy the camping or staying in hut experience. Of course, there are some that struggle from time to time but most agree that spending time in the bush is a valuable experience that stretches them and provides a sense of accomplishment.

Tuesday 7 May 2019 - 7:30 pm

TBC

TBC

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms (Next to the Lido) 50 Park Road, Palmerston North.

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Tuesday 21 May 2019 - 7:30 pm

All Welcome

Annual General Meeting

Rose City Aquatic Club Rooms (Next to the Lido) 50 Park Road, Palmerston North.

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Lodge

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The club has a lodge on Mt Ruapehu where members and their guests can stay for skiing, climbing and tramping trips.

Trips

We run a variety of tramping and skiing trips for all ages and abilities.

Weekend Trips (including Sunday day trips)

October
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
7 (Sun)Turitea - SummerhillEasyKaren Tutt021 064-5918
13-14Crater Lake Walk or SkiMediumJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
13-14Cattle Creek HutMediumJean Garman021 176-0209
19-22Northern Kaimai RangeMediumAdam Matich022 358-8062
20-22Lodge Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
November
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
3-4Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
11 (Sun)Makairo TrackMedJenny McCarthy021 215-2197
17-18Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
24-25Maropea Forks HutFitJean Garman021 176-0209
December
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
1-2Mangatutu Track (Pureora Forest Park)Med/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
1-2Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
9 (Sun)Mangakokeke Stream (Western Ruahines)FitDavid Harrington021 240-9056
22-23Jumbo CreeksMed/FitJean Garman021 176-0209
January
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
13 (Sun)Tauranga-Taupo RiverFitDavid Harrington021 240-9056
19-21Western UrewerasMed/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
19-21Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
26-27Smith Stream Hut MedMark Learmonth355-9143
27 (Sun)Atiwhakatu Gorge (Walk / Swim)EasyTim Swale022 134-8384
February
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
2-6Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
6Poutaki HutMediumAdam Matich022 358-8062
9-10Mangahao Flats Work PartyMediumJean Garman021 176-0209
16-17East Waitewaewae RiverFitDavid Harrington021 240-9056
23-24Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
23-24Bush Craft: Tamaki West (NEW DATE)EasyTim Swale022 134-8384
March
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
2-3Penn Creek - Otaki River (Pack-Float / Swim)Med/FitJean Garman021 176-0209
16-18Southern CrossingMed/FitAdam Matich022 358-8062
16-17Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
23-24Triangle HutMediumHoward Nicholson027 294-1941
30 (Sat)Holdsworth CreekFitJean Garman021 176-0209
30-31Wellington Hike and BikeEasyTim Swale022 134-8384
April
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
6-7Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307
7 (Sun)Sayers HutMediumJenny McCarthy021 215-2197
19-22Lodge Upgrade Work PartyAllJohn Lyttle027 433-6307

Wednesday Trips (Easy/Medium)

October
DateLeaderPhone
3John Ridge357-3744
10Bob Hodgson356-2915
17Russell Poole022 658-0661
24Leonie Lowndes359-5005
31Allan Rae358-3962
November
DateLeaderPhone
7 Ian Brookes 358-7974
14 Dennis Jensen 329-3229
21 Jill Faulkner 323-6094
28 Christine Finnigan 329-7822
December
DateLeaderPhone
5 Anne West 357-5716
12 Denise/Chris Brunskill 354-2511
January
DateLeaderPhone
30 Sue Pither 357-3033
February
DateLeaderPhone
6 Marion Beadle 323-3246
13 Coralie/Evan Davies 357-6288
20 Rita Hodson 323-5491
27 Harold Pettersson 357-4248
March
DateLeaderPhone
6 Bob Hargreaves 357-0734
13 Richard Hunter 357-6821
20 William Laing 358-4876
27 Rod McKenzie 357-0136
April
DateLeaderPhone
3 Linda Darbyshire 354-6171
10 Bob Hodgson 357-2915
17 Ewen Cameron 022 034-1180
24 Bev Akers 325-8879

Thursday Trips (Medium)

October
DateLeaderPhone
4Chris Mercer (D)356-2635
11Glenn Pendergrast356-7487
18Syd Easton356-7462
25Richard Ellis357-6410
November
DateLeaderPhone
1 Carolyn Brodie 358-6576
8 Suzanne Clark 356-8322
15 Craig Ross 355-3445
22 Leone Lowndes 359-5005
29 Norman Cooper 357-5531
December
DateLeaderPhone
6 Ewen Cameron 356-8344
13 John Doolan (D) 355-2100
14 Barbecue
January
DateLeaderPhone
No One Rostered for this Month
February
DateLeaderPhone
7 John Brock 329-4834
14 Carolyn Brodie 358-6576
21 Bryce & Raewyn Buddle 353-5163
28 Judy Callesen 357-0192
March
DateLeaderPhone
7 Ewen Cameron 356-8344
14 Suzanne Clark 356-8322
21 Norman Cooper 357-5531
28 John Doolan (D) 355-2100
April
DateLeaderPhone
4 Syd Easton (D) 356-7462
11 Richard Ellis 357-6410
18 Geraldine Fovakis 356-4327
25 David Grant (D) 328-7788

Newsletters

The latest version of Beechleaves , our monthly newsletter, is available here to download. Previous editions can be downloaded from our newsletter archive.

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About MTSC

Membership is now available! Will you join us?

The Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club is based in Palmerston North and runs weekend and mid-week tramping and skiing trips for all ages and abilities. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, where talks are given by different speakers on topics related to the outdoors. Meetings are held at the Rose City Aquatic Clubrooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North (next to the Lido Aquatic Centre) and start at 7:30pm. You are very welcome to come along and have a look.

Payments

Bank account

The MTSC bank account for depositing your subs, lodge payments etc. is 03-1521-0220353-000 (Westpac)
Please ensure that any payments are clearly identified with your membership code and a description of the payment.

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