We meet on Wednesdays at 7.30pm - see "Where do we meet?" for the exact venue and a map. Various social functions are organised, the atmosphere is informal, and tea and biscuits are served. We show slides or have guest speakers most nights. If you can give a presentation or have ideas, please contact the Social Convenor via the Contact Us page. Please note that formalities start at 8:00pm sharp, and if there is a guest speaker, he/she will start at 8:15 pm sharp. Other social occasions and trips are arranged at various times. Come along!

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Newsletter folding evening. A chance to catch up and discuss recent trips.
Mary traveled to Patagonia in January 2019 and completed the W trek, among other Chilean adventures. She will share stories of penguins, politics, and the best tramping treat she's found yet--alfajores. While the surprisingly harsh summer weather and reliable wind is a reminder that you're near the End of the World, Mary will share what she learned about just how easy it is to plan a Patagonian trek on your own. After all, don't we all want to wear our Patagonia gear in Patagonia? (Or at least that might explain why there are so many Americans there!) As this trip was intended to accompany an Antarctic voyage that didn't go ahead, Mary will also share the lessons learned from her work coordinating an Antarctic study abroad program in case your thinking to book a dream Antarctic journey as well.
CTC meets as usual at 110 Waltham Road at 7.30pm. Speaker TBC - watch this space. If you've been in the backcountry and would like to share your adventures, please contact the social convenor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - members' talks are what make club nights special.
In early 2020, Alison, Susan and Bryce spent four weeks in Tasmania, mostly tramping, but also taking in some of the more accessible sites of the island state. They will describe their activities over three talks presented over the next few months. In this first talk they will cover Hobart, Mt Wellington, Cockle Creek, Adamson’s Peak, Maria Island, Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula. Future talks will cover (a) The Walls of Jerusalem and Freycinet Peninsula and (b) The Du Cane Range and gentler activities around Hobart.
Markus and Janis have spent a few months in Scotland on several trips over the past 8 years. Over this time, they’ve managed a few scrambles to take in a number of munros. ‘Munro bagging’ is a popular pastime in the UK with folk striving to attain the 282 recognised summits of greater than 3000 feet (917m). This talk covers a few of those adventures including: Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor; An Tellach; The Cuillin Ridge on Skye, Anoach Eagach, and Liathach.
Christchurch Tramping Club AGM. 110 Waltham Road. Doors open 7.30pm. All members welcome - agenda will be notified in advance.
Geoff has been exploring New Zealand's most remote and hard to access places for decades. His new book, The Great Unknown, was published recently. Geoff also wants to talk about some of his favourite huts, always a popular discussion in the CTC. The Great Unknown: "A beautifully illustrated chronicle of five decades of tramping and adventuring in New Zealand's Southern Alps. Geoff Spearpoint is a legend among New Zealand's tramping and mountaineering community. For over 50 years he has been undertaking many long, adventurous trips in the Southern Alps every year, decade after decade. These trips, usually a mix of both tramping and mountaineering, have made Spearpoint New Zealand's foremost exponent of what is best described as trans-alpine tramping. In The Great Unknown he collects together personal accounts of his favourite trips into 15 geographical areas, ranging from Kahurangi in the north to Fiordland in the south." Members can expect an excellent showcase of some of the very best the Southern Alps have to offer, and some inspirational trip ideas from one of New Zealand’s most experienced trampers.
Club member Stefan will showcase his trip on the West Coast from Jackson's Bay to Big Bay.
The experts from Outdoor Education New Zealand will talk about avalanche awareness. Winter offers some of the finest tramping experiences, but the risks are higher too. Further details will be forthcoming, but we can expect to learn how to make better decisions to ensure we can safely enjoy the snow.