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Be a great tramper, follow the Minimum Impact Code and Environmental Care Code

All club tramps, both daytrips and overnight tramps, are listed on our Fixture Card. To go on an trip please contact the trip leader directly; email and telephone details are on the Fixture Card.

For an overnight trip it is necessary to contact the leader well in advance of the trip date, to allow for organisation of foodgroups and transport. If you are not known to the trip leader, he or she will need to interview you to gain some idea of your tramping experience and level of fitness. The leader decides who is eligible to go on a trip.

We have regular day walks on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. In order to be on the mailing list of the trips that interest you, please contact the Trip Organiser of the day concerned. For some activities we have Yahoo Newsgroups, please subscribe to the group that interests you.

If you wish to lead a trip please discuss with the Chief Guide or the Trip Organiser of the activity that interests you. The Club Night Tramping Reporter can offer you advice on whom to contact.

For information about where the tracks are located contact the Chief Guide, read Tararua Footprints, search our trip reports, or check out New Zealand Tramper. Here is a link to the Walking Access Commission, and its mapping system WAMS, and its Outdoor Access Code

Trip Leaders are welcome to download the trip report form, complete it and email it to the Club Night Tramping Organiser to report. Tramping Organisers Sue Boyde -> mailto:ttc-tramping-organiser [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on 021 119 8085, or Tish Glasson -> mailto:ttc-tramping-organiser [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on 022 013 1516 need the reports for the following Tuesday trip announcements. However, late reports with additional information are also appreciated.

Trip Grading

Factors such as type of terrain, prevailing weather conditions, general party fitness (a party is as fast as its slowest member), and leadership, never repeat themselves in an identical fashion so times are estimates only.

RRamble2 to 3 hours, at a very leisurely pace.
BBBBus-boots-busBus to walk, and bus back to start.
EEasyUp to 4 hours per day, pace slower than EM.
EMEasy to MediumUp to 5 to 6 hrs per day, pace slower than M.
MMediumUp to 7 hours per day, at standard walking pace, some off track travel.
MFMedium to FitUp to 8 hours per day, pace faster than M, off track and above bush line travel to be expected.
Note: These trips are listed as "Off Track Exploration", their destinations can vary according to the weather.
Contact the Leader listed for further information.
FFitOver 8 hours per day, pace faster than MF.
FamilySuitable for school age family members with parents.
PreschoolSuitable for preschool children in buggies.
InstructionInstruction such as Bushcraft, Alpine instruction, or Ski Touring instruction
LodgeTrips based on lodge accommodation. Can have different grades of trip at the same time.
SkiBoard, ski, and snow trips, often based at Tararua Lodge
AlpAlpine climbing trips generally involve 8hr+ days and require AIC skills or equivalent experience. Where a number is given, this is the grade of the climb using the Mt Cook system. Contact the leader for advice on experience and skills required.
RockRock climbing trips require rope and belaying skills and experience. Where a grade is given this is the Ewbank grade. Contact the leader for advice on experience and skills required.
CycleCycle trip grades use the Kennett Bros grading system
WPWork party. An opportunity to help work on and maintain the clubs facilities

Trip grades are a guide only, for a better idea of any trip pace please discuss with the leader. For example, a medium party travelling faster and longer than an easy party may cover up to twice the distance or height of the easy party.

Gear hire charges are as follows

Ice Axencnc153050
Ice Hammerncnc153050
Touring Skis & Skins120420nanana
Tent fliesncnc152020
Aluminium fuel bottlesncnc51020
First Aid Kitncncncnc10
Insulation matsncnc101520
Belay Figure 8ncncnananc
Snow Chainsncncnananc
Snow Shovelsncncnananc
Snow Probesncncnananc
Climbing helmetsncncnananc
Bouldering Matncncnananc
No charge to hirencNot allowed to hirena

You can purchase FMC pack liners for $2 each

Club Gear

  • deposits are required by non-members on all items
  • NO deposits are required for borrowing Avalanche Transceivers and personal locator beacons
  • ropes, harnesses, quickdraws, slings, ATCs, and karabiners can only be taken out by instructors, not by anyone else.
  • charges must be paid in advance
  • equipment returned clean and dry on the first Tuesday evening
  • TTC approved courses and programmes are exempt from charges
  • non-members may hire gear only to use on a club trip, fees and a deposit will be required.
  • TTC programmes and courses have priority over usage of the gear which means some gear will not be available for general club activities at times eg AIC, Bushcraft, Ski courses, and Youth programme
  • when hiring crampons bring your boots along for fitting
  • touring skis need to be fitted by an approved person please contact Carol Kelly -> mailto:ttc-tararua-lodge [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on 972 5895 or Vivienne Radcliffe -> mailto:ttc-tararua-lodge [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on (04) 233 1398

To enable use of gear for the next weekend, all gear must be returned to the gear room by the next Club meeting.

  • all gear must be clean and dry upon return.
  • tents and flies must be neatly packed with number visible and complete with bag of poles and pegs.
  • use of equipment in first aid kits must be recorded and advised to gear custodian to enable replenishment.

Please report any loss of or damage to Club gear to the Gear Custodian. Anyone responsible for such loss or damage is required to pay an appropriate amount as determined by the Committee. The gear room is open on Club nights from 7.45 p.m. until the start of the presentation and from the end of the presentation until 9.30 p.m.

Mountain radios for trips can be hired from the Wellington Mountain radio or Christchurch Mountain radio services.

See also

Day Trips

Boots must be worn - other footwear is unsuitable unless the trip leader agrees otherwise. Always take parka, warm clothing, drink, lunch, snack food (chocolate or dried fruit) and torch. Consider the need for other Weekend Gear items. A change of clothes for the homeward journey is often a good idea.

Wednesday Trips Leader Check List

See the leadership kit.

General notes
1.Medium trips: up to 7 hours, ‘standard’ pace, possibly some off track.
2.Medium fit: up to 8 hours, probably a bit faster with more off track.
3.These times may depend on party members, numbers, state of the track, etc.
4.Ensure you have permission to cross private property.
5.Leaders have the right to tell people the trip is unsuitable for them.
6.In some terrain and weather it is prudent to have a contingency plan, or alternative trip.
7.Someone on the trip should have a basic first aid kit.
8.Look at the Fixture Card so you can tell drivers the approximate ‘fares’.

The email
1.Send the email (using Reply All) by Monday.
2.Indicate the degree of difficulty on the trip: e.g. height climbed, on or off track, rivers/streams, duration etc.
3.If the trip is dependent on a late weather forecast, state when the final email will be sent.
4.If the weather is not suitable for the planned trip, offer an alternative. \\ 5.Point out any special requirements or conditions.
6.Specify meeting places and times, i.e. where cars will leave from and where people can be collected on the way to car pool.
7.If possible, include the cell phone number for people to ring if they are held up en route.
8.If cars are needed at both ends of a trip, the leader will need to organise a car shuttle.
9.Give an estimate of time arriving back in Wellington, assuming all going to plan.

Getting to the start of the track
1.There may be places en route where people can be picked up; e.g. Haywards Hill, Randwick Golf Course, Plimmerton. Individuals to arrange these pickups.
2.A cell phone list is available, updated annually. Encourage its use when people are held up in traffic etc.

The start of the trip
1.Introduce the participants.
2.Ensure that you have everyone's name, contact details, and emergency contact on your list
3.Describe the route and show it on the map.
4.Nominate a tail end Charlie, preferably for different parts of the trip.

On the way
1.Check that the pace is appropriate for all.
2.Have a few short breaks on steep hills.
3.Ensure the whole party follows at track junctions etc.
4.Tell people to call out once they can no longer see the person behind them.
5.Stop at suitable places and times for tea breaks and lunch.
6.Ensure everyone is comfortable crossing rivers or scrambling up rocks etc.
7.Help aspiring leaders by explaining decisions, allowing them to lead, etc.

Soon after the trip
1.Prior to the next Monday, email advising the number of members and non-members, where the trip went, and anything of particular interest.
2.If the trip was noteworthy enough, write it up (or delegate) for The Tramper.

Weekend Gear


Do NOT bring cotton clothing (leave cotton clothing at home!)

  • synthetic shirt/polypropylene or wool/merino singlet
  • bushshirt/polar fleece jacket/wool jersey
  • quick drying shorts
  • underclothes
  • two pairs wool/polypropylene socks
  • boots
  • gaiters
  • handkerchief

Storm clothing

  • Waterproof parka and windproof overtrousers
  • wool/synthetic mittens
  • balaclava/hat

Change of clothing

  • polypropylene/wool top
  • polypropylene/wool long johns
  • socks
  • underclothes
  • hut footwear

Sleeping gear

  • groundsheet
  • sleeping mat
  • sleeping bag and liner

Other gear

  • GPS device, compass and Topo maps of the area, track description
  • Personal Locator Beacon (available on loan from the gear room)
  • Headlight or torch, with spare batteries, (and spare bulb if applicable)
  • personal first aid, first aid manual, or Red Cross First Aid phone app
  • DoC hut tickets/annual pass
  • toilet paper
  • insect repellent
  • whistle
  • matches in waterproof container, or lighter
  • candle, or led lantern
  • 1 litre of water
  • camera, spare camera battery
  • antihistamine tablets
  • water purification tablets
  • small towel
  • sunhat
  • sunblock
  • sunglasses
  • togs
  • toilet gear
  • stove and fuel
  • billy, billy cleaner
  • pot mitt or billy handler
  • tent, poles, pegs
  • fly
  • poles and pegs

Line pack with large plastic survival bag to keep all gear dry, or use smaller waterproof bags.

Snow, Winter, and Alpine conditions

  • additional top layer and longs, socks
  • overmitts
  • snow goggles
  • crampons and ice-axe (check with trip leader)

Extra pack weight approximately 3 kg.

Weekend Food

Please check with the leader regarding communal food, e.g. dinners.

For a normal tramping weekend two breakfasts, two lunches, one evening meal, and snacks are required as follows. Note that this is a guideline only and individual tastes and requirements will vary.

The approximate total weight per day is 1 kg per person.
Each Breakfast
150gm muesli or
cereals or
75gm porridge and milk powder or
75g macaroni and 50gm cheese.

Each Lunch
150gm bread or
biscuits or
Tararua biscuits and spreads,

One Evening Meal
150gm pasta or rice,
meat or beans,
dried or fresh vegetables,
dried soup,

Beverages (per weekend)
10gm tea or
tea bags or
25gm coffee or
50gm Milo,
milk powder.

Condiments (per weekend)
Salt, pepper, herbs etc (according to party tastes) 15gm.

Snacks and Scroggin (per weekend)
scroggin (nuts, dried fruit, seeds), chocolate or carob, barley sugars, muesli bars. Total 300gm.

spoon. Total pack weight 12 to 15 kg.

Overdue Trips

Note to parents, relatives or friends of members on Club trips: Should a party be late in returning, please do not worry unduly as this happens often and there are probably good reasons for their delay. If you are in doubt please contact the Chief Guide, a Tramping Organiser or the President.


If you have any concerns about safety on a Club trip please contact the Chief Guide, Safety Officer or President.

  1. Plan your trip thoroughly
  • register and email your trip intentions with Adventure Smart, or
  • leave an Intentions Form with a responsible person
    this should include
    • the route you intend to take
    • the party size, and experience level of the group
    • time and place of return
  1. Carry sufficient clothing, equipment, food, and water
  • take appropriate equipment
  • take extra equipment in case of emergencies
  • take navigation equipment and know how to use it
  1. Carry a means of emergency communication
  • Mountain radio[1], satellite phone, or PLB (personal locator beacon).
    A radio communication device is necessary in the outdoors where cell phone reception may be limited or unavailable. Emergency communication devices can be hired at minimal cost or purchased.
  1. Check the weather forecast
  • monitor the weather in the days before you leave
  • continually monitor the weather conditions during the trip
  1. Check the track and hut conditions
  • check with the Department of Conservation, locals, local tramping clubs, Regional Authorities, or District Councils
  1. Beware of rivers - if in doubt DO NOT CROSS
  • know when, where, and how to cross
  • attend a river safety course before you go
  1. Prepare for emergencies
  • when things go wrong, use the STOP model for making decisions:
    Stop, take a breath, sit down, and remain calm
    Think, look around you, listen, brainstorm options
    Observe what is around you, evaluate the potential consequences
    Plan what to do what is necessary to keep alive, then act. Water, shelter, warmth, and the will to survive are the essential elements to your survival, but if in dougt stay put.

Trampers First Aid

Have a read on the Bushcraft Pages for basic Trampers' First Aid. Take a lightweight first aid manual and a first aid kit that you know how to use. People take kits that suit their level of knowledge, so here are links to Nina Sawicki's First Aid Kit and Dave Reynold's First Aid notes.


If a Club Trip is involved in or with an accident, please contact one of the Club Search and Rescue officials, Chief Guide or a Tramping Organiser. A report of the circumstances and actions taken should be filled out and sent to the Chief Guide as soon as possible.

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