Marlborough Tramping Club

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ABOUT US

The Marlborough Tramping Club is in the enviable position of having some of the New Zealand's best tramping right at our back door. The Nelson Lakes, Richmond Range, Queen Charlotte Track and for the more adventurous, Mt Tapuae-o-uenuku are all less than two hours drive from Blenheim.

 Marlborough and the surrounding area is home to an enormous range of native plants, from high alpine species to the many coastal varieties.Throughout the region the Marlborough Daisy can be found clinging happily to the most inhospitable chunk of rock.

We are affiliated to The Federated Mountain Clubs and many of our members are involved with Search and Rescue and the Mountain Safety Council

 

TRIPS.  We are a very active club, holding mid-week and Sunday trips plus regular overnight tramps. Extended trips further afield are also on the program. We also have regular trips to cater for the keen cyclists in our club. We cater for all levels of fitness and capability from easy grade to the tougher fitness-essential trips.  Fun outings in the the form of kayaking, winter solstice etc generally provide much hilarity.

 If you are interested in coming out tramping please read all the information below the itinerary on our home page.

 It tells you who to ring and what you need to take. It is important that you carry plenty of  layers of clothes and food and drink at all times.  (Winter and Summer). It is essential that you carry a waterproof coat and have decent footwear, preferably boots.  Sports shoes can be okay on benched tracks but not suitable for most of our trips.

  Many of our trips are above the bushline where the weather can change dramatically in a short time.  Being prepared keeps not only you but the rest of the group a lot safer if you are caught out or delayed.  

 Trip leaders will be able to give you any particular info relevant to their trip. Departure time is listed. Generally we are back in Blenheim around 4.30-5pm. but as this cannot be guaranteed it doesn?t pay to make important evening appointments on tramping days!    A few tramps have been spoiled because someone has had to back by a certain time.

 Actual walking/climbing time is around 6 to7 hours on the average trip and a reasonable level of fitness and endurance is necessary.

 To book for any trips phone leader no later than 8.30pm Monday evening for Wednesday or Friday for Sunday tramp.   Transport cost is listed on the program-please ensure you pay your driver.

Non-members are welcome to join us (subject to being properly equipped and undertaking trips consistent with their experience and fitness). 

 Once you have completed three club trips submit your membership application to the committee for approval.  Subscription is $22 single or $25 double or family.     An application for membership can be obtained from the Secretary, Club Captain or direct from the  side bar on the left of this page.    

As well as our advertised program we have a cycling group that caters for all abilities and cycle types.  Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9am. Depart either from the Railway Station or Brayshaw Park.   No charge except for the cost of  your coffee at St Clair.

CLUB NIGHTS.  Social nights are held every two or three months, usually at the Blenheim School Hall. These include annual photo and trip , guest speakers and pot luck meals. Recently we have held several "Nostalgia Nights" where our members have put together slide shows of trips undertaken in the past years.  These are hugely popular with all of our members.     Always a great supper!!  A Christmas bar-b-que for all members and their families completes our club year.

 

TRAINING. Training programs include Snow Skills, River Crossing and Map and Compass Courses. Our 4WD owners have also undertaken a two day course covering the many issues involved in off road driving, river crossing, winching etc. This was funded by the club.

 

PROJECTS.    Recently we have upgraded the Gosling Hut and our next project will be to assist Nelson Clubs to relocate Fell Hut to stable ground.    All members are able to participate in these projects even if they are not active trampers.    Kerry Millard is our huts man and as a builder has first rate knowledge to organise and oversee our projects.

 

NEWSLETTER.    All financial members receive The FMC Bulletin and our monthly newsletter,Snowgrass and Scree keeping members up to date with a President's report, club news, itinerary and trip reports.  

  We also have a mid week info email to advise of program changes and reminders of events coming up.