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Grade Easy. Map(s) . Approximate cost $25 + Hut Fees. List Closed: 20 Jun.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

With the growing number of keen photographers in the Club, this trip is a great way to sharpen your equipment, editing and camera skills regardless of your ability. We will leave for the warm and cozy Arthur’s Pass Club Hut on Fri night so we can take some astrophotography and catch the sunrise for those who don’t like to sleep in. During Sat and Sun we will hunt out waterfalls, rivers, mountainous views, snow and ice, so you can snap an array of alpine shots. I also plan to run a fun team photo comp so you can pit your photo and editing skills against other teams. Please bring your photo editing gear with you. Trip limit is 15 people.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BV25. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 27 Jun.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

A lovely 4–5 hour easy trip with around 200m height gain. Mt Vulcan (412m) overlooks the sea in the coastal hills north of Waipara and there are good views of the coast as well as Motunau Beach. Plenty of farm tracks to follow and return via nearby Mt Venus. Round trip about 10kms.

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Grade Moderate but at an easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 27 Jun.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

A 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 useful 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 because the trip lasts till 5 - 6pm depending on your navigation skills. NB - the trip is normally limited to 4 x people at a time.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BV21. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 4 Jul.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

My plan would be to park at the bottom of the Binser Saddle Track, hike up to the Binser Saddle, then head off track and walk up the ridgeline to Mt Binser. Return leg would most likely be via the western spur down to Mt White Road and then a road bash back to the car. I suppose this would make it a moderate trip based on a 1500m elevation gain, 6-10hrs walking. Note - Ice axe and crampons required. You can contact Brendon the leader on his email or mobile number - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 021 0229 4170

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BX18, BX19. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 4 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This trip takes in three lakes in the Hakatere Conservation Park and starts part way along the Hakatere-Potts Road. Follow a 4WD track and a short access track to Lake Roundabout from where there are lovely views of the surrounding mountains. Rejoining the 4WD track, skirt around the shoreline of Lake Emma and look forward to lunch at the historic Lake Emma Hut, built between the 1860’s and 1890. Continuing around Lake Emma, along the base of Mt Harper, follow the track through to Lake Camp. The trip will require a car shuffle.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) . Approximate cost . List Closes: 11 Jul.

Departure Point: Meet at the Midwinter Breakfast Venue - tbd

Attendance at the mid-winter breakfast is a desirable but not quite mandatory requirement to go on this easy walk, it could be moderate if you eat too much. You can also bring second breakfast if you like. Godley Head circuit is a possibility, or another pleasant stroll further south along the Port Hills depending on breakfast venue and if we have breakfast at Lyttleton, we can do a car-less trip using the ferry……., or just walk out the door and go up the Bridlepath highway or the Major Hornbrooks mud. Meet at breakfast venue. This scheme is subject to change as the breakfast plan develops.

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Grade Social Event. Map(s) . Approximate cost . List Closes: 11 Jul.

Departure Point: Venue TBC - Central Christchurch

Please sign up for this trip if you would like to attend the Midwinter Breakfast. This is a great chance to catch up with fellow trampers in a more social setting, and involves a buffet breakfast in a central Christchurch location and the presentation of the prestigious "Loo Loo" award. The breakfast is traditionally followed by a "Belly Buster" walk somewhere near Christchurch. The breakfast will be organised if there is sufficient interest - start time and venue TBC. In previous years the cost has been around $25 for a generous buffet breakfast.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BV19. Approximate cost Contact Leader. List Closes: 4 Jul.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley Friday 12 July

Drive over to Hoki Friday night and stay in accommodation (TBA). Walk in Toaraoha Saturday early. Chop track on the way to Yeats Ridge Hut for Saturday night stay. Chop and walk out with soak in Cedar flat hot pool Sunday, drive home.

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Grade Training. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $80. List Closes: 18 Jul.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

What to learn how to use an Ice Axe and Crampons? This is the course to gain this essential skill set (you should never be wearing crampons without knowing how to use them correctly). We will leave Caltex Russley at 7pm and proceed to the Club Lodge in Arthur's Pass. If you own your own Ice Axe and Crampons bring them. If not they will all be supplied (you do not need to hire them elsewhere). You will need at a minimum easy/moderate fitness. We will be in snow all day so appropriate gear to stay comfortable is essential. You MUST be a club member before the date of the course to participate. Sign up on line. Costs will be transport + Hut fees + Ice Axe and Crampons hire. Approx $80 total. Any questions ph Alan Ross 021 962884 3846425

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $25 plus $5 hot tub fees. List Closes: 18 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Day trip to climb Mt Olympus (2094m). We will park in the lower car park and follow one of the ridges along summit. There is an easier route following the rope tows up as another option. Return down the quickest route then have a stop for refreshments and (optionally), a soak in the hot tub at the Mt Olympus ski lodge on the way down. Don't forget to bring togs and a towel for the hot tub option!

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Grade Moderate but at an easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 18 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

A 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 useful 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 because the trip lasts till 5 - 6pm depending on your navigation skills. NB - the trip is normally limited to 4 x people at a time.

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Grade Moderate (requires snow skills). Map(s) BH34, BH35. Approximate cost Approx. $300. List Closes: 25 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

The Tongariro Crossing is a tramp that needs little introduction. It’s iconic among people from all walks of life and experience levels. A classic hike for the keen tramper is to do it in winter, which is our goal. The plan is to fly from ChCh to Palmerston North or WEL on Tue evening on Aug 6th and return Sun Aug 11. Within this time our plan is to complete the crossing in one day then try to also climb Mt Ruapehu and/or Mt Ngauruhoe on another day. A certain level of flexibility will need to prevail depending on the best weather conditions on the day. Although we won’t be roped together, a good level of snow experience will be required, as will alpine clothing and equipment. Costs are approx. and will cover van/car hire and camping/hostel type accomodation near the crossing or mountains, (they exclude airfares.)

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Grade Training. Map(s) . Approximate cost $399. List Closes: 15 Aug.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

This is a 2 day introductory avalanche awareness course that focuses on identifying avalanche terrain and understanding what causes avalanches. Understanding the NZ Backcountry Avalanche Advisory is a vital skill that you will learn on this course. This is a practical field based course with some theory to increase your understanding. This course is approved by (MSC) Mountain Safety Council. You will gain a MSC certificate in Avalanche Awareness upon completion of this course. We will stay at the Club Hut on Friday night and the fee includes lodging and main meals at Temple Basin. This course is only open to Club Members. AVALANCHE AWARENESS COURSE INCLUDES... Introduction to the NZ Backcountry Avalanche Advisory Mountain Weather in NZ Using an avalanche transceiver Probing techniques Snow Shoveling technique Small party rescue scenarios Identifying avalanche terrain Identifying terrain traps Introduction to safe travel techniques

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Grade Moderate but at an easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 22 Aug.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

A 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 useful 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 because the trip lasts till 5 - 6pm depending on your navigation skills. NB - the trip is normally limited to 4 x people at a time.

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Grade Moderate but at an easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 26 Sep.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

A 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 useful 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 because the trip lasts till 5 - 6pm depending on your navigation skills. NB - the trip is normally limited to 4 x people at a time.

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Grade Moderate but at an easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 24 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

A 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 useful 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 because the trip lasts till 5 - 6pm depending on your navigation skills. NB - the trip is normally limited to 4 x people at a time. NB - this wil be the last TORTIS Tour for 2019.