Tramp­ing the cross­ing by moon­light

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Ton­gariro Alpine Cross­ing en­thu­si­ast Es­ther Wil­liams has com­pleted many cross­ings and de­cided it would be fun to do it with­out the crowds and with a full moon. She sub­se­quently ran a suc­cess­ful moon­light cross­ing in April and plans an­other in Novem­ber.

This is not a trip to be taken lightly. In April the group be­gan in short-sleeved tops but up high the wind rose and it be­came very cold. Cloud cov­ered the moon but the light was suf­fi­cient to see the sur­round­ings with­out torches. It was back to short sleeves when the group de­scended to the mild tem­per­ate for­est.

The Wan­ganui Tramp­ing Club group left the Man­gatepopo car park at 5.30pm and reached the Kete­tahi car park at 2am. They didn’t have the cross­ing to them­selves, meeting run­ners and a lurk­ing pos­sum by the track. Do­ing their bit for con­ser­va­tion, they picked up three bags of day trip­per rub­bish.

An­other fea­ture of the club’s pro­gramme for Novem­ber will be two multi-day trips, one ex­plor­ing the Hunua Ranges and day walks in the Thames area and the other walk­ing the Waikare­moana Track.

The club’s full pro­gramme for Novem­ber is:

Sat-Sun 3-4, Kaweka For­est Park, leader Michelle

Sat or Sun 10 or 11, Mar­ton farm walk, leader Roger

Sat 17, Otan­gane Loop, leader Mar­gret

Sun-Sun 18-25 Mi­randa/ Thames Es­tu­ary, leader Jacky

Sat or Sun 24 or 25, Ton­gariro Alpine night cross­ing, leader Es­ther

Mon-Thurs 26-29, Waikare­moana Track, leader Tracey

Make all en­quiries about trips to Bar­bara phone 348 9149 or Dorothy phone 345 7039.

The mid­week­ers have a full pro­gramme of in­ter­est­ing trips ev­ery Wed­nes­day. Those who get out on Thurs­day are in two groups, with a longer walks on Novem­ber 8 and 22 and shorter ones for the TT2 group on Novem­ber 1, 15 and 29. The Wed­nes­day con­tact is Mar­gret, phone 344 3899, and the Thurs­day con­tact is Val, phone 345 0456.

To join week­end trips call the leader by the pre­vi­ous Tues­day at the lat­est. Call by the night be­fore for day trips. As some trips have lim­ited num­bers, lead­ers have the fi­nal say about who to take as they are re­spon­si­ble for the safety and well-be­ing of ev­ery­one on their trips. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Bar­bara at 348 9149 or visit our web­site www.wan­ga­nu­itramp­ing­club.net

The next meeting at the Deer­stalk­ers’ Hall, Peat St, at 7.30pm on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7 will fea­ture an il­lus­trated talk by Mal­colm Leary on moun­taineer­ing be­tween the Dar­ran Moun­tains and Minarets in the South Is­land.

PIC­TURE / DEREK BAR­RETT.

On the Ton­gariro moon­light cross­ing in April, from left, Pippa McLay, Andy Beck and Es­ther Wil­liams.

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