The Club has equipment for hire to members for:

  • Assisting new trampers;
  • Club trips into remote regions where robust tents may be required;
  • One-off occasional needs for gear which people don’t have;
  • Training courses

The club’s gear also helps members to try, check and decide what to buy. 

The equipment is not available to non-members, and they will need to hire from a retailer (e.g. Bivouac, Further Faster etc.) until full membership has been obtained.

The Gear Custodian is Barney Stephenson, ph 027 358 3281 (text preferred), or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



Lightweight ice axes (Black Diamond, Faders and CT) (60, 65, 70 and 75 cm)

$5.00 per item per day ($10 per weekend)

10 point equivalent crampons suitable for tramping boots, modern style straps

CT Nuptse Evo Flex 12 point crampons with flexible bars (994 g) (may go on robust tramping boots, have sharp points)

Grivel G12 crampons, for stiff boots and mountaineering trips (straps, not clips)

Note Old style crampons and ice axes are available if other gear is booked 

Avalanche kits (Backcountry Tracker 3 transceiver  CT Finder 240 probe and shovel) 4 sets as a foundation for snow trips to equip a party or people without this kit.

Extra snow shovels

$5.00 per item per weekend

Helmets (Petzl and Black Diamond)

 No charge

Robust Pack 70 litre around 3 kg

$2.00 per weekend

Billies, 2 and 3 litre

$2.00 per item per weekend


Kathmandu Lansan 1-2 person, 1.7 kg, 3 season


$10.00 per person per night, for recently purchased lightweight tents. 


Macpac Minaret 2 person approx. 2.5 kg, 3 season 



$5.00 per person per night






Macpac Olympus 2 person, 3 at a squash approx. 3.5 kg, 4 season 



Macpac Hemisphere 4 person 6 kg, 4 season


Fairydown Trios 3 person, (4 at a squash) 4.5 kg 4 season

A number of older tents which may suffice for base camp use. 

 Please note:
Club gear on loan to you is your responsibility, including its safe use:

  • Check items before leaving and know how to use it: fit crampons to boots, check ice axe loops are tied on, practice putting tents up and check their zips and anchors etc.
  • For backcountry snow trips, learn about avalanche hazards and how to use avalanche safety equipment (transceivers, probes and shovels); carrying a transceiver and turning it on is only a small but necessary part of keeping yourself and others out of trouble;
  • Carry tents inside pack; when outside they can be punctured or lost e.g. during bush bashing;
  • As appropriate for the weather, select sheltered and well drained sites for pitching tents, and avoid places which might puncture the floor;
  • Assemble tent poles section by section; don’t let them snap together as this can weaken and crack the joins;
  • After use, wipe off dirt, clean out leaves and rubbish and thoroughly dry tent inners and outers; wash and dry the pegs;
  • Make sure all other gear you borrow is clean and dry before returning it;
  • Report damage or performance concerns.

Pay hire fees directly to the club account via internet banking, labelling entries with your name and "Gear Hire".

The Custodian checks items on return and can advise the Club to seek reasonable recompense for loss or damage and may refuse future loans.