PLEASE NOTE that club members are not available to act as a guide. You must be able to make independent decisions.
The Plan (OCT 13-14th):We will be driving down on Friday after work and climbing up the NZAC Ruapehu hut in the dark, which is a 1-2 hour walk off-track in snow with all your gear & food on your back. Saturday morning we will walk up to the summit plateau and attempt to build caves or set up camp as conditions allow. Sunday morning will be free for self-organised climbing of the various peaks around the plateau, before packing up camp and heading back to Auckland.The hut has all cooking equipment for Friday night and Saturday morning (https://alpineclub.org.nz/product/ruapehu-hut/) but you will need to be self-sufficient while camping up on the plateau... we will try and ensure there are enough tents in case conditions do not allow us to build caves, but there is no guarantee. Please let us know if you have an alpine tent you can bring.
Gear you will need:Ice axeCramponsFull mountain clothing suitable for winter conditions on Ruapehu (please contact the trip facilitator if you are unsure what to bring, not having suitable clothing or equipment may prevent you from participating on the trip)Sleeping bag (3-4 Seasons, approximately 550 – 750gms down fill or synthetic equivalent will suffice. Sleeping bag warmth ratings are very subjective. If you feel the cold, choose a warmer bag. )Bivvy bag. Not mandatory, but a good one will keep you drier.Sleeping Matt. Closed cell foam is best, add an inflatable Therma-rest for extra comfort.Avalanche transceiver, shovel & probeHeadtorchSun cream & SunglassesWater bottleFood: Bring Lunch & Breakfast for Saturday & Sunday; Dinner for Saturday night that can be cooked on a camp stove; Snacks for 2 days. Friday night & Sunday night dinner on the road.
Shared Gear: Cooker. Gas canister or white spirits is suitable.*Full gear list will be emailed out in advance of the trip.
Just in Case:If the conditions look bad, we may call off the trip, change the plan, or change the requirements of the trip. The call will be made on the Thursday before & you will be contacted you via email.
Sharing:To ease the load and share costs, I have added an option to share a ride. If you are able to drive down and offer others a lift, please indicate in the form following. If you would like to share food with others, please arrange this for yourself. In order to keep in contact with everyone over the weekend, we ask that you give the club permission to share your contact details with everyone on the trip.
Cost: $20 for accommodation. Bring your own food and meet your own transport costs. The hut fees must be paid up to secure your spot on the trip.Bank details: THE NEW ZEALAND ALPINE CLUB. 38-9006-0329924-00. Please enter "Snow Camp" and your name in the detail fields