Mt Cook Base 24-26 March

Our 8am departure from Kevin’s place was slightly delayed due to car swapping after Kevin saw just how small my Suzuki Swift bootspace is. Base camps mean quite a lot of extra gear such as chilly bins, pillows and liquid refreshments

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Our two cars of four people stopped at Fairlie for an early lunch and some of us realised for the first time why this place is a must-stop as we tucked into their famous pies. I can recommend the salmon and bacon. Ask Kevin for the list of Christchurch outlets if you don’t wish to drive to Fairlie.

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Five Passes 26 Feb 2017 – 4 March 201

Originally this trip was scheduled for a week earlier so we were all watching the weather forecast hoping for the window we needed before other commitments prevailed. Finally the “start packing” from our leader. The four of us met up in Glenorchy on the Sunday night at Bruce’s house (Penny’s friend) where not only did we have 5 star accommodation in a new house with views of the lake and the mountains but Bruce cooked us a fantastic meal which included fish he had caught in the lake himself and smoked. Thanks for your hospitality Bruce

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Murchison Glacier – Tasman Glacier 4-11 February 2017

New to the club, I heard of the annual Geoff Spearpoint alpine trip while on a club trip on Show Weekend.  I heard it was to be up the Murchison Valley and down the Tasman Glacier and it was suggested I might enjoy it.  No, I couldn’t make it as I had a week planned to go tramping with my daughter the week before.  But the seed was planted and it thrived. 

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Walker Pass –Amber Col –Sudden Valley, 15- 16th March 2017

A little confused about the dates above? Yes, they are Wed – Thursday. Our PTC trip was listed in Footnotes for Sat 18 – Sun 19th March but by close off only one had enlisted. John Allan had phoned and questioned me about the route and timing as he had an OVER FORTIES group planning to go there on Wed – Thurs. He said the forecast was for a dying southerly Wed morning and fine on Thursday. If the PTC trip didn’t go, would I like to come? At noon on the Sunday I phoned John and said yes please. So this report is what PTC might have experienced.

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Hurunui Peak—Sunday 19 Feb 2017

While Chch had a grey day our eight were enjoying a sunny walk inland from Culverden. We parked at Korari Downs and quickly got reaquinted with the farm dogs. We were aware of their antics from last year. The lab arrived with a pine cone and dropped it at Norman’s feet. Norman understood the gesture and threw the cone for the enthusiastic dog. This game could have gone on and on if we’d obliged but we had a walk in mind. The other farm dog, a small mut wasn’t athletic at all. It lay at our feet and wanted its tummy scratched.

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