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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 ā€“ 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 Training. Map(s) . Approximate cost $315 + hut fees. List Closes: 22 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 and Saturday nights so bring enough food for the weekend. 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 Easy/Mod. Map(s) BV23, BW23. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 29 Aug.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This is one of the most accessible bumps in the northern foothills and makes a popular easy/moderate trip. We will start from the Grey River Picnic Area and take the Mt Grey Track which climbs steadily through native bush, before opening out onto tussock slopes leading to the trig on the summit of Mt Grey (934m). Great views from the summit. Return to the Lake Janet picnic area via the lookout. Around 600m height gain. The trip will require a car shuffle.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) . Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 29 Aug.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

Park on the Craigieburn Valley Ski Club road 2km short of the huts. Bush bash down to the Craigieburn then climb directly up Manson via the southern spur. Drop down to the coll between Manson and Pt 1828 and either descend the valley to the car or contiue over Pt 1828 to the next Pt 1828 and then drop down to the ski field access road.

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Grade Training. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $80. List Closes: 29 Aug.

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 Easy+. Map(s) BX19. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 5 Sep.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This trip in the Ashburton Lakes area follows part of the Te Araroa Trail. Starting just off the Hakatere-Heron Road, the track skirts past Lake Emily, climbs over a low ridge on Emily Hill and follows the Stour River. We will check out Manuka Lake before heading upstream to Manuka Hut, an old musterers hut. The return trip will head back the same way, continuing further down the Stour River, before rejoining the Te Araroa Trail back to the cars.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost Approx $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 5 Sep.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley 2pm Friday

Drive towards Arthurs Pass on Friday afternoon, and stay the night at Crow Hut ($5/night or Backcountry Hut Pass), a standard 10-bunk DOC hut in known avalanche paths. This means wet feet that afternoon gettting to Crow Hut from Klondyke Corner. On Saturday we summit with day packs, and either walk out that afternoon, or stay another night and leave Sunday. If the ascent day is better on Sunday, then we will tailor our plans to suit. Ice-axe, crampons a must, & helmet, harness etc recommended. We will bring a glacier rope, in case. About 1100m height gain from Crow Hut. Refer to the trip report of "4-5 August 2017: Mount Guinevere - EL 2042m".

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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 ā€“ 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 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 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 Iā€™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 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 ā€“ 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.