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Photo Competitions

The results from the 2022 MTSC Photo Competition are here.

The Interclub Photo Competition between Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club, Massey University Alpine Club and Palmerston North Tramping and Mountaineering Club, is scheduled for 4 October 2022 and will be hosted by MTSC this year.

New track at Otaki Gorge Road

A new track across the slips at Blue Bluff on the Otaki Gorge Road is due to open in July. This will significantly reduce the walking time to Otaki Forks, to about 1 hour from the current car park.

Interclub Quiz

Massey University Alpine Club are hosting the Interclub Quiz event on Tuesday 16 August 2022 at 7 pm, in the MUSA Lounge (Manawatu Campus). We are looking to provide several teams from MTSC, so please come along to defend our honour, for the glory, and most importantly, the chocolate.

Health and Safety Policy

An updated health and safety policy has been released.

Subscriptions 2022

Thank you to all who have paid their annual subscriptions for 2022. Subs were due by 30 April, and invoices have been sent out. If you did not receive yours, then please check your email "junk" or "spam" folders and contact the Membership Secretary ASAP.

A reminder that when making payment, please clearly identify your payment with your 7-character membership ID and add "Subs" to the details.

Paid-up members of MTSC will receive their latest FMC "Backcountry" bulletin and discount card in mid-late June. The FMC card gives discounts on travel services (including annual DoC hut passes), equipment, publications and other services, from a long list of suppliers.

If you no longer wish to be a member of MTSC then please drop a line to the Membership Secretary.

Covid-19 Update

Minibus

Travellers in the minibus are no longer required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccinations (as from May 2022). However, masks must be worn while inside the minibus, unless an official exemption has been issued.

Lodge

Users of the Manawatu Lodge no longer need to have a valid Vaccination Pass (as from May 2022).

Please do not come to the lodge if you have any cold or 'flu'-like symptoms, or if you suspect that you may have Covid-19.

Club Nights

We expect to hold club nights at our usual meeting place - Rose City Aquatic Clubrooms, 50 Park Road, Palmerston North - under the Covid-19 Protection Framework (CPF) requirements. We strongly recommend that you bring and wear a mask if you are attending a meeting.

Other

The Department of Conservation has released a Covid-19 vaccine policy for users of all DoC accommodation, including huts, lodges, campsites, and camping by huts; this includes use by day visitors.

Minibus Rates Increased

The committee has agreed to increase the fees for using the minibus. The rates had not changed for several years and recent increases in running costs (fuel, for example) have been the driver (get it? Driver? Oh, never mind...)

The new minimum rate for the minibus is 60c per km, with a minimum per person rate of 10c per km. This means if there are only 5 people travelling in the minibus, then the rate is 12c/km per person; for 4 people the rate is 15c/km/person, etc.

Trip Card - 2022

The MTSC Trip Card is available online and will continue to be updated

Thank you to all of you who have offered to lead trips - we couldn't provide such an interesting menu of destinations without you. Contact the Chief Guide if you wish to add a trip or two.

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 16 August 2022 - 7:00 pm

Massey University Alpine Club

Interclub Quiz

MUSA Lounge - Massey University

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Massey University Alpine Club are hosting the Interclub Quiz event on Tuesday 16 August 2022. We are looking to provide several teams from MTSC, so please come along to defend our honour, for the glory, and most importantly, the chocolate.


Tuesday 16 August 2022 - 7:00 pm

Massey University Alpine Club

Interclub Quiz

MUSA Lounge - Massey University

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Massey University Alpine Club are hosting the Interclub Quiz event on Tuesday 16 August 2022. We are looking to provide several teams from MTSC, so please come along to defend our honour, for the glory, and most importantly, the chocolate.

Tuesday 6 September 2022 - 7:30 pm

Jean Garman

Tararua Aorangi Remutaka Huts Committee

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

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Tuesday 4 October 2022 - 7:30 pm

Richard Lander - convenor

Interclub Photo Competition

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

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The best images from the Massey University Alpine Club, Palmerston North Tramping and Mountaineering Club, and Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club photo competitions will be presented and judged in this annual event. Come along to see some of the best backcountry images from our local talent.

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)

August Meeting this month: 3 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
1Fern Walk, Pohangina Valley (Sunday)ELinda Campbell027 333 4493
8-9
15Branch Road Walkway, PohanginaEAlla Seleznyova027 308 9583
18Snow Skills (Pre-course evening)THowie Nicholson027 294 1941
21Snow Skills (Above the Bushline)THowie Nicholson027 294 1941
28-29
September Meeting this month: 7 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
5Cycle/Walk Whanganui to UpokongaroELinda Campbell027 333 4493
11-12
18-19
25-26
October Meeting this month: 5 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
2-3
10Manawatu GorgeEKen & Mary Mercer027 364 6475
16-17
23-24
30-31
November Meeting this month: 2 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
4-7Around Taranaki, 4 daysMLinda Campbell027 333 4493
13-14
20-21
27-28
December Meeting this month: 7 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
4-5
11-12

Wednesday Trips (Easy/Medium)

August
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
4Maharahara from Pohangina Valley East/Opawe RoadMarion Beadle323 3246
11Travers hut (A frame) from Tamaki RCheryl D & Marilyn H021 374 882
18Rangi HutRobbie Green022 398 2205
25Covid lockdownKen & Mary Mercer027 364 6475
September
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
1Covid lockdownHarold Pettersson021 047 2055
8Waitarere-Hokio beachesBill Milham356 8136
15Maungakotukutuku Road, Northern AkatarawasEwen Cameron022 034 1180
22Deadman&s Track/RangiFiona Burleigh027 359 9400
29TokaCarole Kennerley329 9694
October
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
6Bev Akers325 8879
13Paekakariki EscarpmentKevin Crawford021 984 586
20Bob Hargreaves357 0734
27William Laing358 4876
November
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
3Christine Finnigan329 7822
10Rod McKenzie357 0136
17Leonie Lowndes359 5005
24Anne West357 5716
December
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
1Margaret McKenzie358 2535
8Bob Hodgson356 2915

Thursday Trips (Easy + Medium)

August
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
5Traverse Shelter (A-frame) from Tamaki W RdCarolyn Brodie027 358 6037
11-12Totara flats overnight, Wed, Thur, wx dependantChristine Scott021 724 098
12Billy Goat CreekTony Evans027 829 3069
19Covid lockdownEwen Cameron022 034 1180
26Covid lockdownAlistair Hall357 1832
September
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
2Covid lockdownSuzanne Clark356 8322
9Old Holdsworth TrackJudy Swainson06 358 4082
16Garry Grayson027 2695934
23John Doolan (D)027 446 8740
30Wayne Lincoln (D)021 068 5237
October
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
7Royce Mills021 055 2527
14Tony Evans (D)027 829 3069
21William Laing022 099 7988
28Geraldine Fovakis356 4327
November
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
4Audrey Shepherd / Syd Easton D06 356 7462
11Carol Exton022 4047100
18Judith Tonson06 356 4191
25Norman Cooper357 5531
December
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
2Jenny McCarthy021 2152197
9Darlene Westrupp021 167 8815
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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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Most members now receive their newsletter (in colour) via email or the MTSC web page. The rate for receiving a black-and-white paper copy in the post increased last year, to offset the additional costs of printing and postage. Email the Membership Secretary if you wish to change your newsletter delivery options.

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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