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General notices

At the AGM on 19 April 2007 the following were appointed to the Committee for 2007/8:

President: Richard Wills
Senior Vice President: Andrew Turton
Junior Vice President: Warwick Dowling
Secretary: Lisa Glading
Treasurer: Malcolm Carr
Editor: Alastair Brown
Club Captain: Jim Western
Weekend Trip Organiser: Andrew Turton
Day Trip Organiser: Jenny Harlow
Hut Convenor: Dave Watson
Social Convenor: Alan Ross
Club Patron: Rex Vink
Other committee members: Peter Mortlock, John Taylor, Steve Bruerton, Mike Ny, Susan Pearson, Jeff Hall

Greta Vink was appointed Honorary Auditor
Hut Committee: Rex Vink, Steve Bruerton, Don Carnielo, Andrew Wrapson, Ken Brown, Steve Berry, Dayle Drummond, David Ellison-Smith (Hut Convenor Dave Watson).
The position of Gear Custodian was not filled at the AGM. Ken Brown has agreed to continue to hold the club gear until a Gear Custodian is co-opted.
We wish to thank everyone who served on last year’s Committee and especially those who are taking a well deserved break from Committee work this year – Sue Napier, Bernhard Parawa, Craig Beere, Bruce Miller, Ken Brown.

Internet Banking: You should have received your subs renewal form for 2007/2008 membership year with last month's newsletter/FMC bulletin. If you did not receive this please contact Susan Pearson. We have now made it possible for you to pay your subs by Internet banking. In order for the treasurer to match up payments with members, it is important when making your payment to fill in the payment boxes called "Particulars", "Code", and "Reference". The renewal form will show you what to use for these, but in general, the Particulars should be your first name initial followed by your surname, (eg spearson) the Code is "subs" (for everyone) and the Reference is your membership id on the club database (which you probably don't know). If you lose your renewal form and need to find out your membership id, ask Susan or Malcolm what it is.

Website photos: We intend changing the three photos displayed on the front page of the website regularly. So if you'd like to have one of your trip photos appear there, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Photos should be landscape format, must have CTC club members clearly visible in them (either doing some great tramping or being sociable in an interesting place) and must be eye-catching in thumbnail size as well as looking good full size.

External events of interest

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Christchurch again in 2007 for one night only: Saturday 26 May, 7:30pm at The Aurora Centre, Burnside High School. This years selection of the best outdoor adventure films includes mountaineering, kayaking, skiing, rockclimbing, Mountain biking and more. $18 from The Roxx, Bivouac Outdoor and R&R Sport. Be in quick as it is sure to sell out.

Locator Beacons: The current 121.5 MHz locator beacons (the type the club owns and probably the type you own if you have one) will be obsolete from February 2009, when monitoring will cease. The powers-that-be recommend that you are fully upgraded to the new 406MHz beacons well before then. See for more detail.

Poo Pots: DOC is now commercialising their "Poo Pots in the Park" scheme at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. The one-litre pots are $5, accompanied by five biodegradeable cornstarch liners and a tube of hand sanitiser, and recyclable outside the Visitor Centre at the Aoraki/Mt Cook village. The liners can be deposited with the poo in hut toilets or outside the Visitor Centre. The CTC support and encourage the use of the Poo Pots in the Aoraki/Mt Cook region, both for human health and for Maori cultural reasons. To obtain the poo pots, visit the Visitor Centre at the Aoraki/Mt Cook village during its opening hours - we suggest you contact DOC directly to confirm the opening hours before leaving Christchurch.

Book Review: "Coast to Coast: Who was First?"

Reflecting on 300 years of discovery and self-discovery, leading to the Coast to Coast multisport adventure race.

By Grant Hunter (published by Fifth Camp, Christchurch, New Zealand).

As the subtitle makes clear, this book is more about the background and history of coast-to-coasting, and mountain-race-type adventures around Arthur’s Pass in general, than the present Coast to Coast race itself. It starts with the history of the coast to coast route from Maori onwards, then the exploits of the surveyors and explorers like Dobson. Mountaineers like John Pascoe come into it too. The history of mountain running at Arthur’s Pass in the 1970s tells how the CTC and other Christchurch clubs started the idea of mountain running races in Arthur’s Pass in 1970 (the first mountain race, up Mt Bealey, was won by Eric Saggers of the CTC jointly with Stan Scott from the National Park Board, with John Visser, also CTC, next in). The Mt Bealey race was eventually transformed into the Avalanche Peak Challenge by Chris Cox and Dave Watson. The final chapter covers the present Coast to Coast race. The book is well-sprinkled with illustrations including photos and reproductions of drawings, maps, posters etc.

This is a good book for anyone interested in the history of exploration, recreation and racing through Arthur’s Pass.

The book should be available through some bookshops, but the easiest way to purchase (special price $21 including postage) is to contact Grant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 351 6369 (post to Fifth Camp, P O Box 34046, Christchurch).

(reviewed by Jenny Harlow)

The closing date for the next newsletter is Sunday May 27th. Please email articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Alastair Brown, or post them to The Newsletter Editor, Christchurch Tramping Club, PO Box 527, Christchurch.