Tributes to Peter Hicks
David Grainger (former alpine instruction convenor). Peter joined TTC to do the club's alpine instruction in 2014 and 2015. We enjoyed a memorable weekend snow-caving high on Mt Ruapehu. Peter, with Nikki at his side, got the bug for adventure in the hills. Peter volunteered to help with the instruction in following years and I appreciated his enthusiasm for TTC and the spirit of giving back to the club. He participated fully and gave his time unconditionally. Peter was often to be seen in the Tararua Lodge kitchen, quietly organising food for a group of 15 or more hungry students. He became somewhat famous for delicious Beef Bourguignon dinners! Peter was modest about his work. It was only after marrying a nurse that I learned what a key influential figure Peter was in Wellington Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.
Thank you Peter for all your support.
Nina Sawicki Peter with son Ben, Nikki, Fiona, and Nina on Mt Matthews two weeks before his death. Peter in his element striding out ahead and Nikki providing fabulous Tararua biscuits.
Stuart Hutson My best memory on top of Peter's constant help with the AIC and this year the cooking on the Youth Programme Snowcraft is the Mt Taranaki climb we did. Where we headed to Symes hut, and spent a night there. We climbed the south route into the crater and had to contend with frisky rime ice which made the summiting a little tricky. On the way down we had to negotiate the slab ice very carefully but we all made it safely. We packed and went home. It was a memorable climb.
I will miss doing this with Peter.
Ann Matthews I will always remember you for your gentle, quiet manner. Small smile broadening into a wide grin and twinkling eyes as you relate with enthusiasm the gear room additions. I acknowledge the recent path that you and Nikki have been walking – embracing a new relationship, new skills and living life to the full. You will be sorely missed Peter. Arohanuiphotoname.jpeg"Mouseover tooltip title" | Caption line (is the format for lines between the thumbgallery directives)
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