Trip Report – Taranaki Snow Cave Weekend 2016

Adventures were had and memories made during our Taranaki snow cave weekend on 27-28 August! With 13 of us in total, 6 went high into Hongis to build their cave whilst the other 7 stayed low in Hongis to build three small 2-3 person caves. The snow cave digging/construction was tougher than we thought. Yet after an afternoon of sweaty perseverance, much shovelling of snow and laughter in cold windy weather, our caves looked great with tunnel entrances, kitchenette areas for dinner, platforms for sleeping and beautifully smoothed walls to stop any drips. Once dinner was cooked, everyone settled into […]

Taranaki Weekend Day Hikes September & October 2016

These Saturday or Sunday day hikes are aimed to provide regular opportunities to improve your snow craft skills and meet other club members. The hikes are adhoc and will be announced approx mid-week via our facebook page and via email to club members, pending weather and Trip Leader availability. Apologies that July day hikes didn’t happen folks – I’m hoping to ramp it up a bit for August. A bit like ‘pot luck’ weekend hikes  – watch this space! When: A couple of Saturdays or Sundays per month Where: Taranaki Trip Leaders: various Level of Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate Proposed Accommodation: […]

Tongariro Summit Weekend 2016

Following on from the success of our Mt Ngauruhoe winter summit last year, this time we will be aiming to summit Mt Tongariro! When: 16 – 18 September (reserve weekend 23 – 25 September) Where: Tongariro National Park Trip Leader: Scott Chamberlain Level of Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate Proposed Accommodation: tbc, National Park Basic itinerary: (See Facebook for updates…) Fri – drive to National Park Sat – full day beginner-intermediate hike to Tongariro Summit from Mangatepopo car park & return Sun – free day to do ‘whatever’ pending energy levels etc – then drive home Options: Trip Leader & route for […]

Snow Cave Weekend

Keen to practice your winter survival skills? Then read on! Club Trip: SNOW CAVE WEEKEND Open to TAC club members with minimum SC1 or equivalent only. When: 27-28 August (reserve weekend 3 – 4 September) Where: Taranaki Level of Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate Basic itinerary: Sat – morning walk to Tahurangi Lodge for pre-briefing followed by short hike to build your snow cave for dinner, bed & breakfast Sun – leave snow cave – hike back to Tahurangi Lodge & back to North Egmont car park Participants to provide / pay for own gear, equipment, food. TAC will provide snow […]