Club Night March 2018

Two new trampers were welcomed to the monthly club night at the NOSAR rooms in Severn St. by a full room of members.
Trip Reports
The Ahuriri valley provided 2 day walks from the hut. One up to the Dingle saddle and the other up canyon creek to above the cirque.
Janes bike ride explored the back roads between Maheno and Herbert. Seven members cleared an area in Glens Reserve so trees could be planted. Weston School have done some planting there.
Our Guest Speaker was Ian Sutherland who told us of his mountain bike trip in Patagonia through tour organisers Latin Link. Flying to a town one hour south of Santiago, five New Zealanders biked along roads and tracks heading south, initially in Chile and then over the Andes in Argentina. Places visited included Puerto Montt, Chiloe Island with its Humbolt and Magellan Penguins, Villa Cerro Castilla, Lake Buenos Aires with its Marble caves, El Chalten, towering Mt. Fitzroy, the 4 km wide and 35 km long Perito Moreno Glacier and the Torres Del Paine with its majestic three towers. Ian compared Patagonia to a supercharged New Zealand landscape, similar to ours but larger and more spectacular.
Coming Trips and events
Lindis Peak 18 March with great views from Mt. Aspiring to Mt Cook.
Aniversary Weekend is a tramp along the TeAraroa Trail from the Ahuriri Valley to Lake Hawea with half starting from Lake Hawea.
The Easter tramp is to Lake Wilson off the Routeburn Track with a possible climb of Mt. Erebus.
The Club is running an Introduction to Tramping course over two weekends where those interested in tramping can learn the basic skills and find out about the clothes food and equipment that makes tramping safe and enjoyable. Sunday the 8 April is a theory day at the NOSAR rooms, with a practical learning weekend 14-15 April at Trotters Gorge where things such as map reading, risk management, hut etiquette, first aid and river crossings can be learnt. More information is available on this website. Look for “What’s on”.