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Grade Moderate but at an easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 17 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.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost . List Closes: 17 Oct.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

Cross the Lewis River on the swing bridge near the NZDA hut on Highway 7. Then climb through the bush and along the ridge to Norma. Return the same way or we have the option of descending via the ridge on the true left of Lucretia Stream if we’re up for it.

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) BX16. Approximate cost $465. List 11 Oct .

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

Labour weekend above Franz Josef Glacier. Travel to Franz Fri evening, helicopter up to Centennial Hut on Sat morning. Organise trips from there or just hang out and enjoy the view. Grade will range from easy (hang out at the hut, glacier walking) to hard (climb one of the 2600m+ peaks nearby). *Snow skills required* The $465 amount covers return trip on the helicopter, two nights in the Hut and petrol costs for vehicles. There is a tenting option which will reduce this amount by $40. NZ Alpine Club members will also be less. We will be back in ChCh around 530-6pm Monday.

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Grade Moderate - easy pace (snow skills, ice axe, crampo. Map(s) . Approximate cost $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 17 Oct.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

**This will be the alternate trip if the Centennial Hut trip is rescheduled due to weather** Depart Sat morning from Caltex Russley and head to Klondyke Corner. Spend the night at Carrrington Hut then up the Whiter River to Barker Hut on Sun. From the hut we can look at summiting a nearby peak, take a walk on the White or Marmaduke Glacier or just hang out at the hut Sun afternoon. We'll come all that way out that Monday so it will be a longish tramp out of 23 or so kms.

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Grade Moderate+. Map(s) . Approximate cost Approx $45. List Closes: 17 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Fowler Hut base camp: The Fowler hut is a historic musterers hut in the St James Conservation area, above Hanmer Springs on Tophouse Road. We will use the hut as a base to undertake 3 x days of mod+ tramps, depending on the weather and the levels of enthusiasm. The two room hut has a cosy open fire but no bunks so a camp chair plus an air mattress would be good idea – there is plenty of space for tents, if any other trampers, hunters or horse riders are in residence. This is an ideal opportunity for people to tackle several good day trips in this remote area without having to either cart a large pack, or spend hours travelling in a car. Saturday 26th - Peters Pass, Tonga Hill, Mt Sadd, Mt Horrible & Somoa Mound circuit. How many NZ trampers can boast that they have walked from Tonga to Somoa in a day? This is your chance to add the Sadd Horrible winter trip from Tonga to Somoa to your CV. It will be a reasonably long day with some rock scrambing over Mt Horrible, before heading to Fowler Hut for the evening. There is a suitable “bail out” route down the Edwards River if Mt Horrible is a step to far for some. Sunday 27th - Mt Sebastopol Out of bed early before a bracing crossing of the Clarence River. Once dry socks and boots are fitted the route will be across farm land, over the low saddle and up the valley to camp overnight under Mt Sebastopol. Next morning climb Mt Sebastopol before dropping back down to the campsite and back to Fowler hut. A nice Plan B would be the Mt Seymour, Blue Mountain, Duncan Stream loop, with possiblilty of a look at Mt Kruse. A nice moderate alternative for those not wanting to have an early morning crack at the Mt Sebastopol.

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Grade MTB. Map(s) . Approximate cost Approx $215 + accomodation . List Closes: 17 Oct.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

This ride is relatively easy and downhill in this direction The plan is to travel to Mt Cook on Sat 26, hopefully after dropping another car off at Oamaru for the return shuttle. Public transport is available but time consuming day 2 is 89km to Twizel. Stay at the camping ground day 3 is 83km Twizel to Oamarama stay at the camping ground day 4 is 92km Oamarama to Duntroon stay at the camping ground day 5 is 54km Duntroon to Oamaru and the sea. Stay at the camping ground day 6 Oct 31st return to Chch I’m a bit flexible on the dates between Oct 26 and Nov 2 so let me know if something else is more suitable.

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) BX20. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 24 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

At 1171m, this minor peak is in the Alford Range, halfway between Mt Hutt and Mt Somers. We will access it via an easement across private land and then through the Alford Scenic Reserve – small, but includes some good stands of beech. There is a 4WD track up part of the way to 900m, then a route through sub alpine vegetation to the Summit which affords great views of the surrounding area. 600m height gain, return the same way.

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Grade Easy+. Map(s) BY25. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 7 Nov.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Here is your chance to see this little gem in the Akaroa Heads scenic zone with big cliffs, sea birds, palm trees and more. The gully is acclaimed as one of the best forest remnants in Canterbury with an amazing collection of huge nikau palms. Follow a farm track from Onuku Farm Hostel, winding in and out of headlands with good views of Akaroa Harbour as well as along the sea-cliff faces. Walk down a staircase, through the gully itself and out onto a headland, giving good views of the nikau palms. The return trip follows the “Blue Track” up to a high point, then a short section of the Banks Peninsula Track back to the hostel.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost Approx $70. List Closes: 7 Nov.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

A great chance to walk a section of the Te Araroa trail including its highest point 1925 metres over the Stag Saddle. The trip covers over 50km in 3 days from the Bush Stream car park in the Rangitata Gorge carpark to the Round Hill car park near LakeTekapo. For the more energetic tramper there may be a chance to climb Mt Hope 2086 metres on the way past. The trip will be a mixture of stream valley and tussock top travel, plus multiple river crossings with the opportunity for an overnight stay in classic musterer’s huts. It will be run as a crossover trip with numbers restricted to 10 trampers due to limited hut capacity.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost $TBC. List Closes: 19 Dec.

Departure Point: Queenstown Airport 11am on Dec 27

After a family Christmas gathering my plan is to drop my wife off at the Queenstown airport on the 27th Dec and then spend 10 days tramping in the Southland – Otago area. My Plan A is Lake Nerine and 5 Passes via the Valley of the Trolls. However if previous attempts are anything to go by I could end up doing any number of other trips chasing the good summer weather. So just like Frodo I have room in my car for 4 x tramping companions to join me on a LOTR (ladies only trans-alpine ramble). My multi days summer trips are not so much hard core expeditions but walking holidays which will generally include a number of rest days eg camping by a lake or river. These trips are run at such a pace that the idea is that at the end of the trip you should be able grab some clean clothes, fresh food and do the trip again. More detail on what these trips entail can be gained by talking to “survivors” of previous summer trips or contacting the trip leader. So if you are up for the challenge book your partner into rehab, send the kids off to summer camp, drop the dog off at the vet, sort out some transport down to Queenstown and organise the time off work so that you can have a crack. Succesful LOTR companions will have proven tramping skills and/or determination necessary to complete a multi day trip. The ability to provide fruit cake for supper and discuss the various merits of, and differences between the 1969 and 2010 True Grit movies over a cup of tea by a camp fire would be an advantage. Leader: Chris McGimpsey 027 657 3070; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.