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Photo Competitions

The 2022 MTSC Photo Competition details and rules are here (9MB file). Entries are due by 22 July 2022, and will be presented at the MTSC clubnight on Tuesday 2 August 2022.

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.

Lodge Food Carry

The restocking of the Lodge food supplies is scheduled for 1-3 July 2022. This work party will include a general clean-up in and around the lodge, in preparation for Winter activities. The date is later this year, based on NIWA's seasonal forecast indicating a late arrival of snow this year.

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.

Annual General Meeting

Download the AGM 2022 booklet here.

Congratulations to the incoming committee for 2022. We welcome Nicki Fielder onto the general committee and farewell Bev Akers, who no doubt will remain active within the club.

For a list of the new committee and appointments, please see the Contacts page

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 5 July 2022 - 7:30 pm

Ken and Mary Mercer, Tim Swale and Linda Campbell

South Island Adventures

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

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In February club members Ken and Mary Mercer along with Tim Swale and Linda Campbell travelled to the deep south to enjoy some of New Zealand’s wonderful walks starting with the Humpridge Track. A few days after completing this walk they were joined by Nicki Fielder and Wendy Williams to walk the Kepler Track. After completing the Kepler the original four walked the Routeburn and Caples Tracks. They will share their experiences on these beautiful walks with you.


Tuesday 5 July 2022 - 7:30 pm

Ken and Mary Mercer, Tim Swale and Linda Campbell

South Island Adventures

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

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In February club members Ken and Mary Mercer along with Tim Swale and Linda Campbell travelled to the deep south to enjoy some of New Zealand’s wonderful walks starting with the Humpridge Track. A few days after completing this walk they were joined by Nicki Fielder and Wendy Williams to walk the Kepler Track. After completing the Kepler the original four walked the Routeburn and Caples Tracks. They will share their experiences on these beautiful walks with you.

Tuesday 2 August 2022 - 7:30 pm

Richard Lander

Photo Competition

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

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Come and see the photo competition entries for 2022. Entries close on 22 July. The images will be judged prior to the meeting and the best three in each section will be entered in the interclub competition, also hosted by MTSC, in October.
See the home page for a link to the full set of rules.
Categories
1) ABOVE BUSHLINE (With no Human Element) - Predominantly alpine scenery in NZ, above bushline, e.g. rock and snow, tussock, etc., no people or man-made objects
2) ABOVE BUSHLINE (With a Human Element) - Same as above, may include people or man-made objects
3) BELOW BUSHLINE (With no Human Element) - Predominantly bush,scrub, lowland to sub-alpine areas, no people or man-made objects
4) BELOW BUSHLINE (With a Human Element) - Same as above, may include people or man-made objects
5) HISTORIC - Photos taken prior to 1 January 2016, of historic interest
6) NATIVE FLORA and FAUNA - NZ flora and fauna
7) Long Exposure

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.

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)

May Meeting this month: 3 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
8Pohangina WalksAllLinda Campbell027 333 4493
14-15
21-22
28-29
June Meeting this month: 7 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
4-5
12Tararua District cycle tourAllTim Swale022 134 8384
18-19
24-26Wellington Walks (Matariki)Linda Campbell027 333 4493
July Meeting this month: 5 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
1-3Lodge Food CarryAllHowie Nicholson0272 941 941
9-10
16-17
28-31Thur..Sun, 12x NZAC Lvl1 at lodge
31Branch Road Walkway ELinda Campbell027 333 4493
August Meeting this month: 2 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
4-7Thur..Sun, 6x NZAC Lvl1 at lodge
5-7Fri..Sun, 6x NZAC Lvl2 at lodge
12-14Fri..Sun, 12x NZAC Lvl2 at lodge
16Snowskills prelimTechnicalHowie Nicholson, Ken Mercer0272 941 941, 027 364 6475
20Snowskills at lodgeTechnicalHowie Nicholson, Ken Mercer0272 941 941, 027 364 6475
28Gorge WalkELinda Campbell027 333 4493
September Meeting this month: 6 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
24-25Mangahao Flats HutMTim Swale022 134 8384
October Meeting this month: 4 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
30Deadman's CircuitMLinda Campbell027 333 4493
November Meeting this month: 1 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
26-27Orongorongo WalksMLinda Campbell027 333 4493
December Meeting this month: 6 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
17-18Cow Creek HutMTim Swale022 134 8384

Wednesday Trips (Easy/Medium)

June
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
1Papakirae, NE of ParaparaumuEwen Cameron022 034 1180
8Rangi HutMary Mercer027 372 5375
15Holdsworth, 3 optionsLorraine Barr022 074 9321
22Kohitere Forest TrailsAnne West021 0266 6860
29Backtrack Arapuki loopMargaret McKenzie022 473 1096
July
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
6Papakirae, NE of ParaparaumuEwen Cameron022 034 1180
13Awatere hut (E) + LongviewChristine Finnigan027 230 5032
20Blue Range Hut, Mikimiki StreamNicki Fielder022 515 3807
27John Salisbury280 0117
August
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
3Evan Davies357 6288
10Jenny Williamson328 6857
17Bill Milham356 8136
24Wendy Williams329 6829
31Catherine Henderson021 939 604
September
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
7Anne West021 0266 6860
14Lucie Marychurch027 461 7548
21Anja Scholz027 749 5811
28Carole Kennerley027 264 0232
October
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
5Lorraine Barr358 5516
12Dan Lynch027 227 9751
19Robyn/William Laing358 4876
26Cheryl D & Marilyn H021 374 882
November
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
2Leonie Lowndes027 359 5015
9Harold Pettersson021 047 2055
16Margaret McKenzie022 034 1180
23Rod McKenzie357 0136
30Mary Mercer027 372 5375
December
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
7Ewen Cameron022 034 1180
14Ken Mercer027 364 6475
January
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
24-26Club Lodge, Mt RuapehuKen Mercer027 364 6475

Thursday Trips (Easy + Medium)

May
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
5TunupoDarlene Westrupp021 167 8815
12Tokomaru Farm (Waterfall!) walkJinny Anderson021 0220 9874
19Southern Walkway, WellingtonWilliam Laing022 099 7988
26TunupoTony Evans027 829 3069
June
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
2Sledge track / Windy RidgeAlistair Hall06 357 1832
9MaharaharaJohn Brock329 4834
16Herepai HutSyd Easton027 362 8857
23Waitarere forest & beach walkBill Milham027 443 3324
30Rangi HutCaroline Brodie027 358 6037
July
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
7Kohitere ForestChristine Scott021 724 098
14Suzanne Clark356 8322
21Royce Mills021 055 2527
28Audrey Shepherd / Syd Easton06 356 7462
August
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
4Judy Swainson06 358 4082
11Wayne Lincoln021 068 5237
18Nicki Fielder022 515 3807
25Bryce & Raewyn Buddle027 268 4807
September
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
1Jenny McCarthy021 2152197
8John & Gillian Thornley356 9681
15Mary & Ken Mercer027 372 5375
22Darlene Westrupp021 167 8815
29Jinnie Anderson021 0220 9874
October
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
6William Laing022 099 7988
13Alistair Hall06 357 1832
20Tony Evans027 829 3069
27Bill Milham356 8136
November
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
3Christine Scott021 724 098
10Suzanne Clark356 8322
17Royce Mills021 055 2527
24Audrey Shepherd / Syd Easton06 356 7462
December
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
1Judy Swainson06 358 4082
8Wayne Lincoln021 068 5237

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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