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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.

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

MTSC follows the Government's guidance and policies about Covid-19. Masks are not required to be worn in the minibus. However, we respect that some people will still want to wear a mask and we encourage people to do so.

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

Lodge

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

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

MTSC follows the Government's guidance and policies about Covid-19. Masks are not required to be worn at clubnights. However, we respect that some people will still want to wear a mask and we encourage people to do so.

Other

The Department of Conservation has released a Covid-19 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 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.


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.

Tuesday 1 November 2022 - 7:30 pm

Mel Harper

Outdoor First Aid

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

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No matter our age or experience there are times when things can and do go wrong. Knowing what to do when a medical event or injury strikes could be the thing that saves someone from further deterioration or increased injury. It could save a life. Obviously you will want as many people as possible to know what to do if you are the injured or unwell person.
Mel is an experienced outdoor first aider and will share tips on how to help and look after a person while waiting for help to arrive. This could be in the form of a helicopter but, in poor weather conditions, it may be many hours waiting for SAR personnel to arrive on foot. Please get a group together and attend this important club night.

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)

June Meeting this month: 7 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
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
15Snowskills prelimTechnicalHowie Nicholson, Ken Mercer0272 941 941, 027 364 6475
28Gorge WalkELinda Campbell027 333 4493
September Meeting this month: 6 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
10MTB Kimbolton Backcountry roads + lunchMNicki Fielder022 515 3807
24-25Cow Creek HutMTim Swale022 134 8384
October Meeting this month: 4 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
8Snowskills at lodgeTechnicalHowie Nicholson, Ken Mercer0272 941 941, 027 364 6475
15MTB Woodville Backcountry roadsMNicki F, Judy S022 515 3807
30Deadman's CircuitMLinda Campbell027 333 4493
November Meeting this month: 1 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
19MTB Waipawa TrailsMNicki F, Royce M022 515 3807
26Orongorongo WalksMLinda Campbell027 333 4493
December Meeting this month: 6 (Club Night)
DateTripGradeLeaderPhone
17-18Mangahao Flats HutMTim Swale022 134 8384

Wednesday Trips (Easy/Medium)

July
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
27Deadman's track or Rangi.John Salisbury021 160 2869
August
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
3Mangaone walkway from Waikanae endEvan Davies357 6288
10Rangiwahia Reserve, lunch at PinetumJenny Williamson328 6857
17Mania Rd (N of Rangi spur)Bill Milham356 8136
24Sunrise HutWendy Williams329 6829
31Longview HutCatherine Henderson021 939 604
September
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
7Otaki ForksAnne West021 0266 6860
14Waiterere Beach to HokioLucie Marychurch027 461 7548
21Platinum MinesAnja Scholz027 749 5811
28Totara Flats Hut (overnight), Atiwhakatu (day)Carole Kennerley027 264 0232
October
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
5Foxton to Himitangi Beach walkLorraine Barr358 5516
12Dan Lynch027 227 9751
19Waihohonu HutRobyn/William Laing358 4876
26Cheryl D & Marilyn H021 374 882
November
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
2Leonie Lowndes027 359 5015
9Harold Pettersson021 047 2055
16Margaret McKenzie358 2535
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)

July
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
21Atiwhakatu hut take 2Royce Mills021 055 2527
28Rangiwahia Village areaAudrey Shepherd / Syd Easton06 356 7462
August
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
4Powell Hut and other optionsJudy Swainson06 358 4082
11Escarpment, Te Harakeke, and Tua Tapu TrailsWayne Lincoln021 068 5237
18Sunrise HutJudy Swainson06 358 4082
25Longview HutBryce & Raewyn Buddle027 268 4807
September
DateDescriptionLeaderPhone
1Exploring in Otaki ForksRoyce Mills021 055 2527
8Sledge track / Arapuke MBPJohn & Gillian Thornley356 9681
15Waihohonu, Tongariro National ParkTony Evans278293069
22Otangane LoopDarlene Westrupp021 167 8815
29Waitahinga Dam loopJinnie 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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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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