NZAC Grad Trip 2018
Departing: afternoon of Friday, 21 September 2018
Returning: Sunday, 23 September 2018
Held at: NZAC Delta Rydge Hut, Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu

Thanks for your interest in joining us for the 2018 Grad Trip.

>>A few things you need to understand and agree with before you apply<<

This trip is not for absolute beginners. You must have some experience in moving safely on snow/ice and using crampons and ice axe along with making sensible decisions for yourself in the alpine environment. Ideally, you would have completed an NZAC SnowCraft course or similar. You must be a current member of the NZAC and 18 years of age or older.

At least one experienced club member will participate and be available for advice. HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE: she/he is not available to act as a guide, you must be able to make independent decisions.

As this is the graduation trip intended for SnowCraft 2018 students priority will be given to 2018 grads. Others are welcome and we'll strive to fit you in.

>>Accommodation and access<<

We will be driving down on Friday after work, please be ready to leave as early as possible to ensure we all get up to the hut at a reasonable hour. Indicate your travel preferences in the form below. We will match drivers with passengers where necessary. If you are a passenger remember to reimburse your driver for fuel!

We'll head for National Park then drive up to the top of the Bruce Road that serves Whakapapa Ski Field. Please check the road condition prior to driving down. Chains or a 4WD might be needed in adverse conditions.

The hut is located West of the top Waterfall Chairlift on Delta Rydge at approximately 2040m. Access to he hut is via walking up the skifield! You must be mountain ready before you drive up the Bruce Road. There is a public shelter just after the Chateau where you can get changed into mountain gear.

We will all meet at the public shelter adjacent to the pickup / drop-off zone. The shelter has Public toilets. We will walk as a group. DO NOT begin the walk up without reporting in to the trip leader.

>>What we'll do<<

On the Saturday morning we will attempt to one of Ruapehu's peaks, depending on the conditions.

Saturday evening will be back at the hut for dinner. All cooking equipment is in the hut. Sunday morning we can go climbing again and return to Auckland in the afternoon

>>You will need<<

Ice axe (straight and suitable for plunging)
Full 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)
Avalanche transceiver, shovel & probe
Head torch
Sun cream & Sunglasses
Water bottle
Sleeping bag (sleeping in the hut)
Food: Bring lunch & breakfast for Saturday & Sunday; Dinner for Saturday night; Snacks for 2 days. Friday night & Sunday night dinner on the road.

You may need (depending on route selection):

Hardware (Belay device, personal safety, slings)
Technical axes
Dry-treated rope

>>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 (20 September) and you will be contacted you via email.


Accommodation at Delta Ridge is $40 total for the weekend (two nights at $20/night). Your hut fees must be paid in order to secure your spot on the trip (account details below).

Bring your own food and meet your own transport costs.

Account details for hut fees:

Account number: 38-9006-0329924-00
Reference: Grad18
Details: Your Name

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