First few trips of 2016...

We are 3 weeks into semester, and have had three awesome trips with the Alpine Club! The first weekend was spent up in Kawakawa Bay doing some climbing, tramping, and swimming. The trip was a massive success and got so many new (and old) students out experiencing New Zealand's outdoors while the weather is still not too shabby. One of the members who went on the trip wrote their own personal blog about their experience, which can be read here! Check out their beautiful photos too....

The next weekend a mountain biking trip was run at Mt Ruapehu. This was our first mountain biking trip since combining back with the mountain biking club, and it was such an awesome weekend! We stayed Saturday night in the MUAC hut as our first hut trip of 2016, and cycled Old Coach Road (return) on Saturday afternoon. It was a total of 28km off road with beautiful scenery and a nice intro to mountain biking. After a night of typical hut shinanigans, Sunday saw the members split in two as most of the team went for a quick tramp to Lake Surprise from the hut, and 5 of us went to do some more mountain biking down Fisher's Track in National Park. It was a beautiful ride, with some really awesome scenery! The 20km downhill was epic, but of course it was followed with the 20km back uphill and the 10km back along the state highway! Nice cold drink was much appreciated at the end of Sunday!
Old Coach Road mountain biking crew

The five of us on our way back up from Fishers track... seriously long uphill! But broken up with beautiful
views like this one

The guys who went to Lake Surprise instead of more biking on Sunday

At Lake Surprise... some were even brave enough to jump in!

The third weekend I ran a trip to Taranaki to climb to the summit. The weather forecast wasn't looking too flash in the days leading up to the trip, but we decided to set out anyway! Our group of 10 set out from Palmy at 5am of Easter Friday, and made it to the base of the volcano by 8:30am all ready to go. It was a hard slog, and got pretty destroyed by the stairs and the scree on the way up, but a few hours later all of us had made it to the top! Beautiful views the whole way up, and a seriously cool bunch of people. What an awesome way to kick off the Easter break!

Taranaki Summit crew at the base of the mountain before we conquered it on Easter Friday

We'll be back with more adventures from the 16th April, so watch this space... Kayaking, dam dropping and the Tongariro Crossing are yet to come!

MUAC 2016

Well 2016 is underway and we've had a great start to the year with clubs day on the Wednesday just passed! We had a few hundred students register interest for the club, and many more to come at our first meeting on Monday 7th March, at 7pm in the MUSA lounge!

If you're interested in signing up for Massey University Alpine Club but couldn't make it to clubs day, please head along to our first meeting on Monday to sign up! A sausage sizzle will be provided free of charge, but please bring along something sweet to share with everyone afterwards.

Membership fees for the year are $30, or just $20 if you're only here for one semester.

We are so looking forward to another year of exciting trips, and we've got a lot of new ideas for trips this year: including an Alpine Instruction Course in the winter months!!

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Look forward to seeing you all there!

Mary Williams
Massey University Alpine Club