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Section Meeting- 11th February- Summer adventures
Newsletter of the Canterbury/Westland section, New Zealand Alpine Club
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Section meetings………………………………………………………….….....2 Club trips…………………………….……………………………………..…….….3 Mt St Mary…………………………………………………………………………..6 Mid-week Mountaineers hut maintenance excursion….………8 The Mahitahi………………………………………………………………………10 Notices………………………………………………….……………….....…….…11 Gear hire and members benefits…………………..…………...……...13 Section Evenings Location: Cashmere Club, 50 Colombo St Time: Drinks from 7:30pm, talks start at 8pm sharp 11th February- Summer adventures- The Canterbury/Westland section committee wishes all members a Happy New Year. Have you taken advantage of the great weather over the break and been out in the hills? Whether you were mountaineering, rock climbing, tramping, the section would love to hear about it! What better way to fight the "back to work blues" than to select some of your images to show at the next section meeting? Bring along some of your to the next section meeting! (if you have some slides to show, be there by 7.30 at the latest so we can load people’s photos).
10th March- No Cumbre, no fiesta- Last December, Steven Fortune, Jono Clarke and Daniel Joll travelled to El Chalten, Patagonia, to try and climb Torre Egger.This was Jono's 2nd trip to the range, Stevens 3rd, and Dan's 6th. Steve will talk about their latest attempts, failures, successes and why they are drawn to keep coming back for more on this iconic range and the progression in climbing skills observed over a few short years climbing here.
April 14th- Pete Harris - First ascents in NZ 2 Cover Photo: Waterfall near the head of the Mahitahi River. Photo: Nina Dickerhof Upcoming club trips and events Events Calendar 6th & 7th of February- The Warrior. If interested please contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org 13th February- Port hills 300. Registration at Upshot Café Heathcote at 8:30am. Start at 9:00am from the café. Finish at 6:00pm at the Valley Inn, Heathcote 4th-5th March- River Crossing Safety Day- For a registration form, equipment list and further information please email Clayton on claytongarbes@Hotmail.com 12-13th March-Dunedin Rock Climbing Weekend- For all inquiries and a registration form please contact Clayton on claytongarbes@Hotmail.com Further details on following pages Lead a Trip: If you would like to lead a trip for the club, alpine, rock climbing, cycling or otherwise, contact Andrew Barrett: email@example.com Mid week Rock Climbing Runs every Wednesday evening. It happens, indoor or outdoors, depending on the weather. An email is sent out to the climbing group at the beginning of the week with details about who is organizing it. You are also welcome/encouraged to use the climbing group to organize climbing at any time, including weekend trips. If you are interested, please contact David Shearer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 418 8443.
Mid week Mountaineering The mid week group are mainly fairly mature mountaineers who still manage to plod up a few peaks, usually on Wednesdays, depending on the weather. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Pat Prendergast on 337 0 079 or email@example.com
3The Warrior (Armoury Range) - 6th & 7th of February
A trip is planned with the primary objective of climbing The Warrior on the Armoury Range. The plan will be to leave Christchurch early on Saturday morning, driving to Erewhon Station then walking up the Clyde then Sinclair Rivers where we will make a high overnight bivy. From Crossbow Saddle, we will climb nearby Amazon Peak then traverse Battleaxe Col to ascend the South Ridge of The Warrior - with names like that how could you resist!
This trip will involve two full days, returning Sunday evening and will require a reasonable level of fitness, confidence in scrambling over rock and using an ice axe/crampons.
If interested please contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dunedin Rock Climbing Weekend- 12th and 13th March.
The annual rock climbing weekend, co hosted with the Otago Section of the NZAC.
We will leave town Friday( 11th ), afternoon or evening to suit and be based at the Long Beach Community Hall for the weekend( tenting outside and using the facilities inside ).The Community Hall has full kitchen facilities and two toilets and nice flat grass areas outside for tents - there are no showers but the beach is just a 5 min walk to cool off in and have a dip !
Dunedin is an awesome place to rock climb and there are climbs and grades to suit all abilities from grades 12 and up on sport and trad as well as top roping for those who don't wish to lead climb.
Options to climb will be the all trad crag of Mihiwaka, Adventure climbing at Lovers Leap, sport climbing at Mapoutahi and Port Chalmers Quarry and trad, sport and bouldering at Long Beach.
Festivities for the weekend will include a hot tub on Long Beach itself, prizes for best dressed climbing and Saturday evening costume and a scavenger hunt / quiz.
The cost of the weekend will be $30( cash only ), and this will cover the cost of hall hire, two nights tenting and the Saturday evening bar b que( vegetarian and gluten free options available ).
This weekend will act as a fund raiser with proceeds after expenses to be split between the C/W and Otago sections for local crag repairs and maintenance.
Non members welcome and all ages and family groups( those attending under 16 must have parental permission or be supervised by a guardian ).
For all inquiries and a registration form please contact Clayton on claytongarbes@Hotmail.com and please indicate when inquiring, what time you can leave on the Friday evening and if you can provide a car or will need to car pool with others.
4 River Crossing Safety Day- Friday 4th( evening seminar ), and Saturday 5th March( half day practical at the Waimak river ).
More people come to grief through drowning in the back country of N.Z than in any other way.
Do you have the necessary skills to know how to, and be comfortable with, safely crossing a river and have you thought about a river crossing course ?
The C/W Section has arranged 3 MSC ( Mountain Safety Council ) Instructors to run a river crossing safety day for us and this course is limited to just 18 participants.
There will be an evening seminar for 2 hours on the Friday from 6pm along with a half day practical on the Saturday starting at 10am( the evening seminar is compulsory in order to attend the practical on the Saturday ).
The cost of this course is just $25 and open to current NZAC members only.
For a registration form, equipment list and further information please email Clayton on claytongarbes@Hotmail.com
The Port Hills 300- Saturday 13th February
The Port Hills 300 is a fun, social days climbing with the aim to raise money for local crag repairs and replacement of old and worn anchors.
This event, organised by local climber Tony Burnell, is now in its third year and in the previous two years over $400 was raised and put directly back into Port Hills crags.
You don't have to be an elite climber to compete as this event is open to all abilities and is a way to meet like minded people for a great day out on the Port Hills on February 13th.
All you need to do is come along with a climbing partner, register on the day( just $10 cash, and this includes a free bar b que at the end of the day ) and have heaps of fun !
Fancy dress climbing costumes are encouraged but not compulsory.
Spread the word and support local climbing.
5 Mt St Mary-January 2016
-Pat Prendergast (for the mid-week group.. average age of group apart from young David.. about 65) Inspired by recent articles on this mountain, a group of 9 from our mid-week group (including 2 Kiwi ex-pats now living in Canada), met at the Ahuriri Base Hut in the drizzling rain, on January 3rd 2016.
Next day dawned clear & sunny so we headed across the river, up the steep tussock slopes into the upper basin. Once over the stream the going was rougher with a mix of boulder fields & scree slopes & alpine veg until we reached the lake nestled among smooth rocky outcrops. In between them, was a great variety of campsites with lake views.
Camp by the lake with Ahuriri peaks behind. Photo: Pat Prendergast
Next morning, after a frosty start, we headed up the maze of jumbled boulders, past old winter snow slopes & into the steep gully that leads to the ridge. It was slow going because the rock was so loose but finally we were on more stable ground with the main ridge under our feet. The others graciously let me (the oldest member) lead 6 up the last section to the summit. The summit team were, Daryll, Barbara & David Thompson, Chris Longson, Jan Haley, Rod Thomson & Pat Prendergast. A morning tea celebration on the top with views of Cook, Aspiring, & the peaks of the area, Barth & Huxley made for a special start to the new year. We carefully moved back down the gully to avoid rock fall then had a very enjoyable run down the snow slopes & back to the camp. Alison Longson & Di Hooper had a brew ready for us then the rest of the day was spent exploring the smaller tarn area with it’s abundance of alpine flowers, a dip in the lake & resting. After a hearty round of folk songs & poems we climbed into our sacks feeling very satisfied.
Next morning we were all packed & ready an hour before schedule. The way down was shortened by using a gully that Barbara had sussed out the day before, so it was no time before we were back down, across the river & back to the cars for lunch.
Jan, Pat, Barbara, David, Daryll, Chris on the summit of St Mary.
Photo: Rod Thomson
Last winter the idea of helping DoC with hut maintenance was discussed by some of the mid-week mountaineers, and to this end five of us (Neil Pilbrow, Dave Kennedy, Rod Thomson, Charlie Catt and Carolyn Catt) set off for the upper reaches of the Wilberforce River and some of its tributaries to administer some TLC to four backcountry huts. The work was overseen by Jim Henderson (DoC) and he was accompanied by his family; Claire, Mari (11) and Hamish (7). We carried out a range of tasks, including painting the outside of two huts, repairing windows on some others, cleaning out the insides of all of them and removing rubbish. Thanks need to go to Neil for organising things from the NZAC end, and to Jim for sorting things out on Unknown Hut with Mt Murchison in background. Photo- Charlie Catt
Thanks also need to go to Claire for providing more food, much of it home made, than we could eat. Having a grunty 4WD and a quad bike allowed a lot of fresh food to be brought up, and in some cases even our packs were transported part way to the huts, although we did a fair bit of footslogging and river crossings. It was agreed by all that the five days were both well spent and highly enjoyable, and we hope to do something similar next year.
Urquharts Hut (1933) – the team. Photo- Charlie Catt
9 The Mahitahi Over the Christmas break Nina Dickerhof and James Thornton spent some time taking in the lovely scenery of South Westland. They travelled up the Mahitahi Valley and over into the Zora, making a climb of Mount Strachan from Mueller Pass on the way.
The following day they climbed onto the Zircon Glacier, however, the summit of Fettes eluded them. The rest of the trip was spent descending into the Landsborough, which they then followed to its head. A traverse of The Gladiator brought them to Karangarua Saddle from where they climbed the striking Mount Townsend via a couloir on the northern side of the west ridge, which they then followed to the summit.
An amble down the beautiful Karangarua Valley concluded the trip.
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Guidebook Recall– closing
The recall of the four rock climbing guidebooks that had faulty, loose binding will end February 29, 2016 (Wanaka Rock, North Island and South Island Rock Deluxes, Castle Hill Climbing Guide – affects 2014/2015 editions only). This is a reminder that if you have one of these guides and are seeking to get it replaced, you will need to have the cover returned to us by that date to ensure you get a replacement copy. We need to have the outside front cover, your name, address, phone, email and tell us where the guide was purchased from, please. Send to: Margaret McMahon, NZAC, PO Box 786, Christchurch 8140. Thanks The 2016 overseas reciprocal huts stickers These have arrived and are for sale online to NZAC members only. For details on participating European clubs and/or to purchase, please see: http://alpineclub.org.nz/product/reciprocal-overseas-hut-stickers-2016/ Donated Family Memberships The Morgan Foundation have donated two Family memberships that they would like us to give to climbing families who may be finding it difficult to fund membership themselves, or failing that maybe by their involvement in the club, be deserving of free membership in recognition. The new Family Memberships are now 1-2 adults and up to 5-6 under 18yr olds (7 people max). It will be a saving of $160 for a family who might otherwise struggle to meet this cost. I’m hoping we can have these in place by the end of January if that’s possible. This is a pretty unusual donation for us and so we’d like to see it go to a couple of especially deserving families and hope you have some suggestions. Contact Margaret: email@example.com 11 Mid-week rock climbing organiser needed