Monthly Report

October 2023

Sunday, November 5th, 2023

Meeting held Mon.7th Oct 2023

Our meeting opened with Jenny welcoming members and our guest speaker Jan Finlayson executive member and past president of F.M.C.Jan talked about the role of F.M.C.and how it advocates for tramping clubs and others.F.M.C.(Federated Mountain Clubs) was founded in 1931 to protect public interest in the mountains and back country.
Some of the things they are involved in are Tenure reviews,concession applications, crown pastoral issues,overseas investments, legislative changes pertaining to recreation and conservation access.It also supports Trusts and provides outdoor education opportunities.lobbying the government  on our behalf is an ongoing job also.At the moment the classification of Stewardship land is the big project for F.M.C. We were impressed with the amount of work they do behind the scenes.
Trip Reports
Sailors Cutting to Benmore Dam 8 people on this walk Good weather and good views.
Trotters Gorge Dave’s Track working bee.Good days work on the track and some track markers were also installed .
Wednesday Walkers gave their report
Up and Coming Trips
White Horse Waimate
Labour Weekend Trip to Glenorchy 
Meeting Closed with a cup of tea at 8.50p.m.

August Club Night

Thursday, August 24th, 2023

The monthly meeting was held at the Lansar rooms Severn St. Jenny welcomed members and 2 new potential members.

Trip Reports
Kahikatea Lodge; 3  members walked 1hr from the carpark to the new Kahikatea lodge.A very nice building with a few finishing touches yet to be done.From there and with a lot of bush bashing
.they found and marked a route to Staircase hut making a circuit.
Jenny then gave us a taste of a trip to Pegasus Cove Stewart Island We look forward to more.       
 7 members travelled to Dunedin and met up with Rodney and Helen.They started their walk from Cedar Farm Forestry Rd and proceeded to climb Mt Martin,Mt Cutten Mt Kettle and Mikiwaka Peaks all between478 and 561 m with good views from all.          The Wednesday Walkers gave their report.
Up and coming Trips:
Station Peak near Haka
Mt Summers area from base camp
Trip Planning then took place for Sept to the end of the year.
A brief discussion was held about holding an Open Day at Herbert Forest next year.
Meeting closed 8.40pm.

July Club Night

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023

Meeting Report 10th July 2023

Last month we had For June a night out playing indoor bowls instead of the usual meeting.14 people joined in and the winner on the night was Margaret Chetwin. This was held at the Galleon Complex and some of also enjoyed a meal there.

Trip Reports Deep Stream A good day out for 3 members but hampered a little by Matagauri.
Kings Birthday Wknd. Weekend to Cameron Hut was cancelled due to bad weather
Elephant Hill A good turn out. Lots of people who have never been there before.
Millennium Track A car load left early Sunday for this walk from the Taieri river mouth.
There was no midwinter trip this year due to lack of hut accomodation and illness. Wednesday Walkers gave their report and also celebrated 35 yrs of Wednesday walking.

Up and coming trips Mt Dalgety, Staircase hut.,Peaks around Port Chalmers, Mt Sommers base Camp walks.
Our guest speakers this club night were Geoff and Mary Korver.They spoke about their trip in the Japanese Alps.It was an West to East traverse and included a climb to the summit of Mt Yari.It is a trip for the summer months in a National Park and mostly follows the ridge line. Geoff spoke of some long and hot days but the huts were very comfortable with food and bedding supplied.Mary talked about the native plants some of which grow here and how the vegatation changed with the altitude.They saw some rare plants flowering and had beautiful photos of their expedition. Meeting closed at 8.40pm

February NOTMC Meeting Report

Monday, February 27th, 2023

The December meeting was a very pleasant occasion – a 45thbirthday cake for the NOTMC was cut and shared and there was good pre-Christmas feasting followed by notice of upcoming tramps.
The February meeting was attended by 15 people.

Trips Taken:
1. 18-21 December. Nine trampers were flown in 3 trips in a little yellow aeroplane
up the Wilkin River to Jumboland, and walked from there to Top Forks Hut.A day trip was made from
there to lake Lucidus and then to Lake Castalia where the bush and alpine flowers were spectacular. The
account was accompanied by excellent photography.

2. 8 January Puketapu, above Palmerston,was climbed and this was followed by bushwalking in
Trotters Gorge.

3. 27-29 January. Arthurs Pass. 5 people went. 3 climbed Avalancheand could be walked acroos
Peak while one other did village walks and another did the Goat Pass trip visiting the new
Deception Hut and Lake Mavis on the way back down the Mingha. Cave Stream was visited and
the Cave waded through, on the way back home.

4. 12 February. Egg Lake above the East Ahuriri was reached on a clear day and much windfall was
encountered on the way up Quailburn Gorge.

Wednesday Walkers
14 December. North Temple. Mistletoe was in flower along Lake Ohau and up the track. The deep
gully was packed with snow and was walked across instead of clambering down and then up, and in the
basin there were little glaciers descending.
Other tramps included Raki’s Table, Trotters Gorge (a track clearing job followed on the weekend),
Tussocky Road, Trig L, Chinaman’s Hut and a Hampden Beach walk which went on up to the Lookout
above Moeraki.

Trip accounts were followed by the quarterly Trip Planning session.
Notice was given of Dunedin’s Arthur Street School Camp at Iona where bushcraft sessions will
be held on 8 March.

Club Night July 2022

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

11 July 2022

Trip Reports

The Quarintine Island trip could hardly be classified as a tramping trip but 19 members along with some partners took the oportunity to visit this Otago Harbour Island.
9 members walked the cliff tops and beach from Andersons Lagoon to the Shag River Mouth. Some excellent views of the local wildlife, sometimes in action, were had.
The Wednesday Walkers walked the Timaru inland walkway from Saltwater Creek, did a circuit from Windsor up Peaks Road returning via the A2O bike track, a Ngapara Farm walk, and the Seacliff- Split Rock circuit.

Coming Trips
1. Nimrod Reserve, going up the zig zag track, before returning and doing  the loop track.
2. Cass Valley weekend on the west side of Lake Tekapo.
3. An A2O bike ride from Oamaru.
4. Snow shoeing  and cross country skiing at the Pisa Range snow farm.
5. A September event reminder of a snow skills weekend at Awakino.
Please look at “What’s On” for more information and booking cutoff dates.

Quiz Night
Members enjoyed a quiz  on tramping topics organized by Bess, which included identifying bird song, recognizing huts, lakes and map points. A correct answer was rewarded with a chocolate fish and no yellow cards were issued!