What a shambles of a month! Plenty of fresh snow, probably better suited to the skiers than climbers recently and only the briefest of weather windows, usually on a Tuesday (*#!!) to get into it. Having to cancel the Ngaruahoe trip was a massive disappointment, especially to Ange our trip coordinator and a SC1 course is also in weather limbo.
However on a brighter note we have managed to run a SC2 course and two SC1 courses despite the weather and from what I saw, everyone had a great time. We’ve blooded some new instructors and it’s been awesome to see a bunch of fresh, somewhat wind burnt, faces up on the mounga. Also there are reports of some less reliable members of the workforce having been seen midweek, getting stuck into the ice on the organ pipes and lurking around the summit.
The date for the open climb has been set for the Saturday the 8th of February 2020 and this month I’ll be putting out an APB to set up the open climb committee and start emailing club members about their availability to help on the day. The Open Climb induction will be on the October Club night. This event is our major fundraiser for the year, and basically pays for the annual running of the club. So…. please put the date in your calendar and if you can set aside that weekend to help, that’d be appreciated.
Plenty planned for the coming month, with the buddy walks kicking on, and keep an eye on the face book page for confirmation of weather dependent trips planned for this month. Which include, the strangely popular overnight snow caving mission and a day trip to the summit of Fanthams Peak. Check with Ange for details. Don’t miss the Club Night this month either, Glen will have plenty of tales to tell and great photos to see.
Also if you’ve had enough of the bad weather on North Egmont, why not try the bad weather elsewhere for a change. TAC members can stay overnight at members rates at the Kapuni Lodge (East Egmont), and the Levin Waiopehu lodge on Mt Ruapehu. In the spirit of use them or lose them, maybe try planning an adventure around some of these locations as well.
See you in the white stuff!