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Grade Moderate+ (requires snow skills). Map(s) BU20, BV20, BV21. Approximate cost $40. List Closed: 22 Jun.

Departure Point: Caltex Russley

Pfeifer Tops, Pfeifer Biv: A trip close to the road but with a real back-country feel. You start at the Deception swing bridge on the Highway 73, follow Paratu stream up to Waharoa Saddle before climbing to the tops on a recently cut route. Then easy tussock tops are followed to Pfeifer Biv which has good camping beside it. Day 2 is a little harder, up and around Mt Pfeifer before descending the long spur to Lake Kaurapataka. Some bush bashing required. The track is then followed back to the road. A good trip with lots of variety and great views.

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Grade Easy/Social. Map(s) . Approximate cost $5. List Closes: 29 Jun.

Departure Point: Sequoia Restaurant, Redwood Hotel, 340 Main North Road or contact leader

Breakfast Cost :$19.90 Followed by Loo-Loo Award and an easy Buffet Buster walk. Aiming for Pines Beach/Woodend Beach area for the walk. Easy grade, flat walking. Option to meet us at start of walk. My contact details: 03 3584580 or 0221526158

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Grade Easy/Mod. Map(s) . Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 29 Jun.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

. On tracks all the way. We will go up the steeper way through bush and pop out on the top above the bush line. We can then choose to do the whole circuit (longer but less gradient) or head back down the same way for a shorter day.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BV24, BV25. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 6 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

This easy trip follows a walkway to the east of the Kate Valley Landfill. The track loops around from the Mt Cass Road to a cliff lookout, ( Tiromoana means "view of the sea"). We will go to a beach - Mackintosh Bay - and then up to Ella Peak, 346m. Return via the Ella Ponds Wetlands which are being protected and restored.

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Grade EasyMod. Map(s) BT23. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 13 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

The usual up the steep way to the tower, then traverse the open tops and down the less steep way. All on track

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Grade ModHard. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 13 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Interesting circuit south of Porters in the Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park. This area is considered a key site for the protection of high country landscapes and ecosystems. The trip makes a 19km circuit with a long initial climb, and a further climb at the end out of MacFarlane Stream, earning its moderate hard grading. Leader needed.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BU22, BU23. Approximate cost $40. List Closes: 6 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Lake Man & Doubtful Range: Meet at 7am. Drive to just past the Engineers Camp on SH7. Ford the Boyle, Doubtful and Kedron Rivers to Lake Man and the Doubtful Range (about 13km with a height gain of 1000m). Enjoy the magnificent views of the range. Camp next to Lake Man if the weather is good or next to/in the bivouac if it's not (space is limited around the biv). Return via the the Doubtful tops (~13km).

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Grade Moderate+ (requires snow skills). Map(s) BX15, BY15. Approximate cost $50 + hut fee. List Closes: 13 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

A trip to the popular Mueller Hut, in Mt Cook National Park. Depart Fri evening for Mt Cook Village and spend the night at one of the club lodges and head up to Mueller Sat morning. Option to build snow shelters in the afternoon then have a pot luck in Mueller Hut and warm up before spending the night in our igloos / snow caves / the hut.As this trip is weather and avalanche conditions dependent, the trip may change/cancelled as a result. The trip leader will confirm the status of the trip closer to the time.

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Grade Moderate (requires snow skills). Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 20 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Mt Bruce via Cora Lynn station. Head up to Mt Bruce from car park & return via Lagoon Saddle. ice axe & crampons and knowledge of how to use them required

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Grade Varies: Depends on how hard you want to go. Map(s) CB21. Approximate cost Car $35 + Hut fee $30 + Gear hire. List Closes: 13 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Do you enjoy tramping around snow clad mountains but hate having to plug steps? Then this trip is for you. Staying at a comfortable warm lodge at Snow Farm we will hire snow shoes and do day trips over the Pisa Range. You can also bring ski touring gear if you prefer. Leaving Friday night. Early sign-up essential. A deposit will need to be paid prior to departing on the trip.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 20 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

From Harper Road, pick up a 4WD track off to the left just past Lake Georgina adjacent to a swamp. Follow the left hand track up and along the ridge line over Point 994, Kaka Hill and Point 959. Follow the track down to a fence line, then out to the road.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BW22. Approximate cost $15. List Closes: 27 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Just up and Down. Ideal for an Easy Mod person to push them selves

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Grade Easy and Mod/Hard. Map(s) BX19. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 20 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Double Hut and Mt Taylor Special: We'll leave Christchurch on Saturday morning then take a leisurely walk into Double Hut along the Swinn River Track, starting by Lake Hill carpark. We'll establish camp at Double Hut, enjoy the view and look for the rumoured Sir Edmond Hillary's graffiti in the character rustic muster hut with a wood burner heater. On the following day the Mod/Hard group will make an early start with light packs to Mt Taylor (2333m) with a vertical gain of 1450 m. The easy group will take the track back past Isolated Hill. Two separate car groups and a second leader (any volunteers) would be ideal.

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Grade Moderate+ (requires snow skills). Map(s) BX19. Approximate cost $35. List Closes: 27 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

The Winterslow Range is aligned east-west and immediately north of Mt Somers. From the Woolshed Creek car park, we will follow the Mt Somers Track north and then east, past the hut and up to the saddle above ~1150m. At the saddle we will leave the track and climb north to Pt 1625 m then turn west along the spine of the range towards Peache Saddle. Descent options back to the hut could be down to and along Woolshed Creek or to follow the ridge between Woolshed Creek and Morgan Stream. If people are interested, there is the possibility of walking into Mt Somers Hut on Saturday and overnighting.

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 27 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

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

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Grade Training. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $40-$70. List Closes: 27 Jul.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Adrian will run Basic Snow Craft Course this year. Course will cover the basics of walking on snow & on ice, strapping on & walking in crampons, the basic uses of an ice-axe including self-arrest, types of snow, terrain & avalanche awareness, and more. We will stay in the club hut on Friday and Saturday nights 4 & 5 August, returning home 7 pm Sunday 6 August. Come to a club meeting and put your name down early on that list or you can contact the leader to book your place in the list as numbers strictly limited and this course always fills up fast!! This course is for club members only and $30 advance hut fees deposit required.

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $20 + Hut Fees. List Closes: 27 Jul.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

A beautiful little peak in Arthurs Pass behind Crow hut. Leave at a sociable hour on Saturday for a nice womble in to the hut. Climb the peak on Sunday morning before walking out in the afternoon. Plan B if only Saturday has good weather: leave straight after work Friday night and walk in to Crow Hut in the dark, then do the climb Saturday morning.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BX20. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 3 Aug.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Starting at the gorge bridge, follow walkway. Half way along, over a stile, through a horse paddock, then a 4WD track up to Terrace Downs itself. From there, skirt round the edge of the golf course and a farm track to the end of the walkway which is followed back to the gorge bridge.

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Grade EasyMod. Map(s) K34. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 3 Aug.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

Learn to build an igloo or snow cave and sleep in it! Dinner and breakfast at Mt Cheeseman Lodge

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Grade Training. Map(s) . Approximate cost . List Closes: 10 Aug.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Are you already leading CTC club trips or are you thinking about becoming a trip leader or do you lead or organise private trips for your tramping buddies? Well this is the course for you. It only takes an evening and covers CTC trip leading procedures, leadership styles, available club resources and equipment, risk management and more. Put your name down on the list. Venue: CMLC Clubrooms, 7 pm - 9.30 pm approx. The course will be flexible for dates, timings and venue depending on the group. If you are interested please contact Manpreet (Mani) Singh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost $25. List Closes: 10 Aug.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

Mt Greenlaw is the second highest in the Arthurs Pass area and sits in a fascinating area. The approach route is still to decided but will most likely involve walking in on Saturday and climbing early on Sunday morning. More details in next months newsletter

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Grade Training. Map(s) . Approximate cost . List Closes: 17 Aug.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Aug-Sep Date TBD: External Instructor: Returning by popular demand, we will be running an intermediate snow craft course. This is a great opportunity for members who want to improve their alpine skills, learn proper rope skills for glacier travel, crevasse rescue and how to safely tackle steeper snow routes. Please note that there is an approximate cost of $250 per person for the course on top of travel and accommodation costs. This is not a beginner’s course – you must be confident in using ice axe and crampons. The date has not been confirmed with the instructor but if you are interested, please contact the trip organiser asap – first in first served. Last year this course filled quickly!

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 24 Aug.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

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 usefull 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

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) BJ29, BJ34. Approximate cost $unknown. List Closes: 24 Aug.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

Tom and I sharing a rental car from Wellington for a winter ascent of Taranaki via Syme hut. We have room for 2 more in our rental car. Afterwards Tom will attempt Mt Ruapehu or just Tiki tour around the Central Plateau. Departing Jetstar Sat 2 July 7am for Wellington. Returning Jetstar Sunday 10 September 8.20am from Wellington. You may join us for part or all of the trip.

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) BX15. Approximate cost $60+Camping or Hut Fee. List Closes: 31 Aug.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Departing on Friday night, climb Saturday via the standard route. Either head back on Saturday night or cruise back on Sunday

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Grade Moderate Hard Challenge plus Easier options. Map(s) BX16, BX15. Approximate cost Contact Leader. List Closes: 14 Sep.

Departure Point: Contact Leader

Over night trip to historic Almer Hut overlooking the stunning Franz Josef Glacier. Well leave Fri evening and stay at a backpackers or camp in Franz Josef. Sat morning we'll helicopter up to Almer Hut. Options from there include climbing St Mildred or Drummond peak (hard option) or just hanging out at the hut and enjoying the view (easy option). Other options depending on what the group wants.