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Grade Moderate Hard Challenge plus Easier options. Map(s) BX16, BX15. Approximate cost Contact Leader. List Closes: 14 Sep.

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Over night trip to historic Almer Hut overlooking the stunning Franz Josef Glacier. Well leave Fri evening and stay at a backpackers or camp in Franz Josef. Sat morning we'll helicopter up to Almer Hut. Options from there include climbing St Mildred or Drummond peak (hard option) or just hanging out at the hut and enjoying the view (easy option). Other options depending on what the group wants.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost . List Closes: 21 Sep.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Out west past Springfield. A pleasant day hike that leads in over rolling farm land and on up the valley to the little gem that is Lake Rubicon nestled in the foothills. A perfect place for lunch. Further ramblings may be possible up the valley. 12km, 200m height gain.

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 21 Sep.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

We start on the very friendly zig-zag path up to the Temple Basin Ski area. Above ski club huts, the climb is a bit steeper, leading to the final scree up to Temple Col (1774m) and the ridge between Phipps and Blimit. From the Col we start the final rocky scramble up to Mt Temple itself (1913m, a bit over 1000m up from the highway). From the summit you can have a look at all the wonderful weekend tramping opportunities on the other side . . . If this does not get you inspired, nothing will.

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 28 Sep.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

beginners guide to getting lost and what to do about it, plus some general navigation & bushcraft skills. Bring your normal day pack & gear, a good lunch and a sense of humour - some pre-torn clothes may be usefull as the trip does involve some bush bashing. Bring your GPS and/or compass if you have one , but it is not essential because they will be provided for the navigation part of the exercise. We will stop at the Rangiora pub for tea and a debrief on the way home

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Grade Easy/Social. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 27 Sep .

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This is a relaxed weekend trip based at Arthur's Pass Hut. Flexible arrival either Friday night or any time on Saturday. I'll co-ordinate the pot luck dinner and transport. The club hut will be pre-booked for club members. Easy day trips and plenty of scope for other trips depending on weather/interest/another leader. The Pot Luck tea is the social high-light. Tramps to be arranged as per weather and interest. I aim to lead two easy day trips. Suggestions are Otira Valley, and Kelly tops. It would be good if we could have a leader for a harder day trip onto the tops. Mt Te Kinga would be a good option for a moderate day trip. Maximum 16 people. My contact details: 03 3584580 or 0221526158.

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Grade ModHard. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 28 Sep.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Attempt 2: Interesting circuit south of Porters in the Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park. This area is considered a key site for the protection of high country landscapes and ecosystems. The trip makes a 19km circuit with a long initial climb, and a further climb at the end out of MacFarlane Stream, earning its moderate hard grading.

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Grade EasyMod. Map(s) BY25. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 28 Sep.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Misty Peaks is a City Council reserve above Akaroa between Stoney Bay Saddle and Lighthouse Road. The trip will start from Aylmers Valley Road in Akaroa and wind up the hill through farmland and up Stoney Bay Road. We enter the reserve just below the ridgeline, following a farm track below the rocky summit of Mt Berard ( 790m ). Leaving the track, climb up Flag Peak ( 809m ), affording great views over Akaroa Harbour and east Over bush clad valleys. Rejoin the track which heads downhill, rounds a bluff and climbs again before finishing at the start of Flea Bay Road. 600 m height gain. Car shuffle involved.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BU22. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 28 Sep.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Shifted from 7-8 October.  Meet at 7am. Drive to just past the Engineers Camp on SH7. Ford the Boyle, Doubtful and Kedron Rivers to Lake Man and the Doubtful Range (about 13km with a height gain of 1000m). Enjoy the magnificent views of the range. Camp next to Lake Man if the weather is good or next to/in the bivouac if it's not (space is limited around the biv). Return via the the Doubtful tops (~13km).

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Grade Easy+. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 12 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This trip in the Craigieburn area will start from the access road just west of Castle Hill Village and follow Hogsback Track along the Long Spur ridgeline, through beech forest, crossing Long Creek and Waterfall Creek. Leaving the track, we go up to Hogsback itself ( 1,032m ). Rejoin the track which takes us to Dracophyllum Flat, a sheltered clearing, and then up to the Environmental Education Centre. Around 16kms and 400m height gain. The trip will involve a car shuffle.

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Grade Hard. Map(s) . Approximate cost $80. List Closes: 12 Oct.

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Current plan is to leave Friday night and drive to Hokitika, staying overnight, and start walking on Sat into Cedar Flats Hut for a very early lunch (and a dip in the hot pools?). We then follow the track to Mullins Hut and spend the night there. Sunday we will make our way to Serpentine Hut, crossing the Diedrichs Range from Mullins Hut. Monday we will be using the recently cut track (whatever that means) following the Hokitika River from Serpentine Hut all the way out to the gorge. If the weather is somewhat questionable, we may want to do the trip in reverse to avoid getting trapped by flooded side creeks in the Kakariki Gorge of the Hokitika. Information about the general terrain can be found at the permolat website (http://remotehuts.co.nz/huts/serpentine). Reasonable weather is quite essential.

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) . Approximate cost approx $50. List Closes: 12 Oct.

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Walk in to the Hut on Sat, easy day. Sunday ascend direct from the pass and return to the hut - big day. Monday easy walk out.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $40. List Closes: 19 Oct.

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Pt 2140 in the Birdwood Range may not sound very special but this peak stands above all the surrounding peaks and will give outstanding views out to the main divide. Walk in via Triangle creek and camp at Casey tarn before scrambling up the peak

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 26 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

beginners guide to getting lost and what to do about it, plus some general navigation & bushcraft skills. Bring your normal day pack & gear, a good lunch and a sense of humour – some pre-torn clothes may be usefull as the trip does involve some bush bashing. Bring your GPS and/or compass if you have one , but it is not essential because they will be provided for the navigation part of the exercise. We will stop at the Rangiora pub for tea and a debrief on the way home NB This is the last TORTIS tour for 2017