Head up again folks. We had such an awesome time a couple of weeks ago that we've decided to have a second Xmas Party. We'll be closing at 6pm again this Friday (21th Dec) and we'll be nursing some sore heads on Saturday, so be gentle with us please! Have an awesome festive period!!!!
Living Simply is feeling adventurous at Mount Ruapehu. Published by Aidan Vale · 1 hr · Tales from the trails - A weekly post in which one of our staff recounts a trip that taught them a lesson, or was particularly memorable for its spectacular nature. Back into winter mode, here's Katy to tell us about her AUTC Snow School experience: Despite having done my fair share of tramps, I’d never experienced true alpine conditions aside from a bit of skiing and the odd snowy tramp. So, I signed up for the Auckland University Tramping Club Snow School and spent 3 days on and around Ruapehu. After driving down from Auckland and almost leaving a member in the Huntly supermarket, we spent the night in a friends house. The next morning, we headed up to the Whakapapa ski field with heavy packs but high spirits. The winds from the south were stealing beanies left right and centre and threatening to sweep us off our feet. However, we started the steep climb up the ski fields to get to the NZAC hut. It was an absolute battle with the wind against us, and it took about 3 hours to get ¾ of the way there without seeing a single skier or snowboarder. When we rounded a bluff, the wind hit us with even more ferocity and we were forced to retreat back down the ski field, cold, tired and wind burnt. A beer and a feed at the local pub raised our spirits a fair amount and we spent that night in Tongariro National Parks’ Mangatepopo hut.
Our resident action woman Katy has been out and about again, introducing some newbie friends to the delights on tramping. She took them around the Pouakai Circuit, next to Mount Taranaki, on an epic three day excursion. Welcome to the club Katy's friends! :) #backcountry #mountains #adventure #hiking #hikingnz #tramping #wilderness #doc #trampingnz #outdoors #explore
The effort to improve the Waitakere Ranges continues! On Tuesday morning through the storm I rode out to Kitekite Track in Piha to help with some upgrades to Kitekite track. Myself and a team from AWOL Canyoning replaced old cross-track drains with more efficient ones, cleared the drainage channels along the length of the track, and reshaped the gravel surface for the placing of 'jack mats,' which will help reduce the loss of gravel from the track surface. It was back-breaking, filthy work, with the ground having turned swampy and sticky, slowing everything down. The canyoning team doing this every day deserve so much respect for their relentless efforts. They are just a small team however, and there are more kilometres of track than they can upgrade on their own, no matter how ferocious their work ethic. The more volunteers that can come out and help improve the tracks, and the more support the effort to reopen the Waitakere Ranges gets, the sooner all of those who love the Ranges can get back out there, in a way that preserves the habitat for many more generations to enjoy. If you are at all able please email email@example.com to get updates for future volunteering opportunities. Getting in touch with your local council person to register your support of the conservation and reopening effort will go a ways to improving top down support for the program as well. Thanks again for reading! - Aidan. #volunteering #conservation #tracks
Tales from the trails - A weekly post in which one of our staff recounts a trip that taught them a lesson, or was particularly memorable for its spectacular nature. And finally we have a summer themed post, about Rob's trip along the South Downs way in Ol' Blighty: It had been a while since I’d been on any long distance walks or extended travels, but my partner and I decided that we wanted to do a summer of walking, with a bit of travelling sandwiched in between for variety. Our ultimate goal was to walk the length of the French Alps, but we thought it best to work our way up to it gradually, so started the summer walking the length of the South Downs Way, across the south-east of England. This one hundred mile trail starts in the historic town of Winchester, the first capital of England, and goes all the way east to the seaside town of Eastbourne and its famous white cliffs. Along the way the trail undulates across the south downs, with many a stop at quaint countryside villages, with their cosy pubs and delicious tepid, flat beer! There is so much history scattered across the downs, from Bronze Age barrows and Iron Age hillforts, right through to beacons to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada and air defences used during World War 2. The downs had been on my doorstep for most of my life, but only by walking their length did I truly appreciate the variety of what they had to offer, both recreationally and culturally. As far as walking goes, it was an easy amble along a thoroughly tamed countryside, but I somehow managed to damage a ligament in my knee, which plagued me for the rest of the summer. Who’d have thought dodging a steaming cow pat would cause such a painful, niggling injury! - Rob #tramping #outdoors #hiking #adventure #southdownsway
Head up folks. We're having our Xmas Party this Friday (7th Dec), We'll be closing up shop at 6pm, so we can make an evening of it! No crashing dustbin lids or cymbals on Saturday please! ;-) Have a great week! :)