Derek Quickfall

Stuff; Taranaki Alpine Club veteran ready to celebrate club’s 90th anniversary

This item was published by Stuff, 31st July 2020 Long-serving Taranaki Alpine Club member Derek Quickfall​ has lived his whole life with Mt Taranaki at his doorstep. The mountain’s reputation as one of the most dangerous peaks in New Zealand to climb did not deter the adventurous 20-year-old joining the club in 1952. Within a year he was involved in helping rescue a group of nurses as they descended icy slopes in the dark. Six people were killed in the July 26, 1953, tragedy, which remains the highest number of deaths from one incident on the mountain. Quickfall, 90, gave […]

HiTAC July 2020

President’s Desk Hi folks, We’ve past the shortest day already but does anyone else feel like it’s been a phoney winter so far? After some reasonable snow fall over a month ago there’s been nothing but mild temperatures and recent rains have all but washed that all away. Some of us have all but given up hope and headed north to the Waikato crags instead, so here’s hoping the forecast snow arrives this week. It better, because the winter season is about to get up and running. That kicks off with the train the trainers day on the 11th of […]