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Grade Hard. Map(s) BV19. Approximate cost $80. List Closes: 12 Oct.

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Current plan is to leave Friday night and drive to Hokitika, staying overnight, and start walking on Sat into Cedar Flats Hut for a very early lunch (and a dip in the hot pools?). We then follow the track to Mullins Hut and spend the night there. Sunday we will make our way to Serpentine Hut, crossing the Diedrichs Range from Mullins Hut. Monday we will be using the recently cut track (whatever that means) following the Hokitika River from Serpentine Hut all the way out to the gorge. If the weather is somewhat questionable, we may want to do the trip in reverse to avoid getting trapped by flooded side creeks in the Kakariki Gorge of the Hokitika. Information about the general terrain can be found at the permolat website (http://remotehuts.co.nz/huts/serpentine). Reasonable weather is quite essential.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BT24, BT25. Approximate cost Approx $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 12 Oct.

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Drive to Fowler Hut & use it as a base to complete 3 x mod day trips in the Hanmer area

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 19 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Starting just beside the Bealey Bridge, we walk up the true right of the Waimakariri river where there is a clear track. Further up, cross Turkey Flat where Jordan Stream comes in from the Black Range on the left. We arrive at Anti-Crow Hut, opposite Mt Bealey for lunch and return the same way. Mostly straight forward with flat walking for about 8km each way, marvellous scenery all around.

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Grade ModHard (requires snow skills). Map(s) BW18, BX18, BW19. Approximate cost approx $50. List Closes: 12 Oct.

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Walk in to the Hut on Sat, easy day. Sunday ascend direct from the pass and return to the hut - big day. Monday easy walk out.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BT24. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 19 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

From Historic Fowler hut behind Hanmer Springs, head up to Fowler pass and pop along the ridge, over Mt Picket to Mt Clara. Great views

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Grade Easy+. Map(s) BX18. Approximate cost $30. List Closes: 19 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Please Note: earlier start time, 7.30am from ā€œZā€. This trip in the Hakatere Conservation Park will start at the Potts River bridge and follow the Te Araroa Trail, then the Mystery Lake Track, gradually climbing in open tussock country above the river escarpment to Mystery Lake at the foot of the Dogs Range. Continuing along the Mystery Lake Track down the glacial moraine, we re join the Te Araroa Trail, over a low saddle and back to Lake Clearwater. Height gain 500m, round trip 16kms. The trip will involve a car shuffle.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BW22. Approximate cost . List Closes: 26 Oct.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

On the other side of the Ashley Gorge, Mt Storm is 1254m high. This is a trip that the club has not done in a long time. We will ascend 800m one of the Eastern ridges, and possibly do a loop trip for a change in scenery.

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BW20. Approximate cost $40. List Closes: 19 Oct.

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Pt 2140 in the Birdwood Range may not sound very special but this peak stands above all the surrounding peaks and will give outstanding views out to the main divide. Walk in via Triangle creek and camp at Casey tarn before scrambling up the peak

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Grade Moderate - easy pace. Map(s) . Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 26 Oct.

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 ā€“ 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 NB This is the last TORTIS tour for 2017

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Grade Moderate. Map(s) BU20, BU21, BV21. Approximate cost Approx $40 + hut fee. List Closes: 26 Oct.

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I really can't recommend this hut enough. Its sits in a beautiful location overlooking the Taramakau River. Continue along the ridge past Mt Koeti and then down the track to Lake Kaurapataka.

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Grade Hard. Map(s) BV20. Approximate cost Approx $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 26 Oct.

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Stay Friday night in Arthur's Pass. On Saturday, gain Waimakariri Col via the Rolleston River, climb Mt Armstrong, and stay in Waimakariri Falls Hut. On Sunday, either climb Carrington Peak or enjoy a lie-in, then walk out to Klondyke Corner.

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Grade Easy. Map(s) BV21. Approximate cost . List Closes: 2 Nov.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Just upstream of the bridge near Andrews Shelter, a marked track begins on the true left and climbs through open scrub to the beech forests above. It continues to climb but then meanders across regular side creeks, while generally keeping much to the same contour. Eventually it rejoins Andrews Stream at Hallelujah Flat (about 2 hr 30 min from the shelter)

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Grade Easy+. Map(s) BW21. Approximate cost $20. List Closes: 2 Nov.

Departure Point: Z Station Papanui

Prebble Hill ( 902m ) is a nice little bump to the north of the Torlesse Range and in the middle of a limestone area. The trip will start opposite the Castle Hill Scenic Reserve and follow a farm track, then the true right of the Porter River. From there, follow the escarpment up to the summit of Prebble Hill. The return trip offers a great opportunity to explore all the beautiful limestone formations. Around 5kms each way and 200m height gain.

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Grade Moderate+ (requires snow skills). Map(s) . Approximate cost Approx $35 + hut fees. List Closes: 2 Nov.

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Pito peak is 2401m high and sits on the true right of the South Branch Ashburton River. A good chance to practice your snow skills before summer arrives. More details in next months newsletter

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Grade ModHard. Map(s) BV21. Approximate cost $30 + hut fees. List Closes: 16 Nov.

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Leave on Friday night for Hawdon Hut. On Saturday climb up to the col and traverse across Rugged Peak, Smooth Peak and Mt Valiant before dropping down to camp at East Hawdon biv. Out early on Sunday. There is a rock step on the way up to the col which will require a certain degree of comfort with exposure. This will be a great trip to a seldom visited corner of Arthur's pass.