If you’re thinking about joining the club; have a read of some trip reportsIMG_0045 or come to a meeting to figure out what we’re all about. However if you’re allready convinced you can sign up right now. We also have a pretty active Facebook page.


Our meetings occur weekly in KF07 (in Kirkwood Village on campus) at 7.30pm on Wednesdays. Come along to meet everyone, learn something, sign up to trips and join the club!

Note: due to university holidays the next club meeting is on Wednesday September 9. See you then!

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A slice of Pie and a Pile of Choss

Jeff and Barbara traversing the ridge towards Avalanche Peak

Date: Feb 21-22, 2015
Location: Rome Ridge, Arthurs Pass
Words & images: Laura King

Tramps: Laura King, Jeff Ducrot, Barbara Meddick, Tania Seward

I had been cooped up in front of my computer screen deciphering the intricacies of Latex for an unpleasant amount of time, so when Jeff suggested a weekend trip to Arthur’s Pass I thought “YES!” “Outside!”. And so despite knowing that Rome Ridge was a total chosspile in the middle of summer, I decided it would be a good idea to traverse said ridge with Jeff, Tania and Barbara.

Peach Pie

Peach Pie

No tramping trip is complete without an opportunity to eat delicious food, but when I was halfway through making a peach pie to take for a shared group dessert, I suddenly remembered that Jeff was allergic to dairy and couldn’t eat the buttery shortcrust pastry I’d just made.  Having an inner aversion to margarine as a thing, let alone a foodstuff, I thought, “Never mind, I’ll just take several desserts!”.  And so I found myself on Saturday morning plodding up the Coral Track carrying a peach pie, marshmallow crispie treats and the ingredients for a dairy-free rice pudding (including a can of coconut cream). At least Alastair wasn’t there to observe the lack of ‘fast and light’ tramping going on. Continue reading

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View from the summit

Date: Aug 1-2, 2015
Location: Kaikoura Ranges
Words & images: Hans-Philipp Sültrop

Tramps: Jacob Klenner, Henry Warder, Søren Læsaa Müller Pedersen, Hans Phillip Sültrop

Route to Snowflake

Route to Snowflake

The trip started with a small disappointment: The idea for this weekend trip was to climb Snowflake (near Kaikoura) coming through Kowhai River and Snowflake Stream, to traverse the peak and to come back over Homestead Spur. But the local farmer and owner of the Swyncombe farm, worrying about his cattle, did not give us his permission. This was his given right (no real reason to be angry) and in the end we were actually lucky – we would never have made it (too long and too technical with all the snow)! Continue reading

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Quail Island and the Questionable Ferry

Words: Michelle Lambert
Images: Carla Gomez and Michelle Lambert

Date: 1st August 2015

Trampers: Carla Gomez, Melissa Broussard, Mikaere Henderson, Travis Foster, Sarah van Eyndhoven, Fleur van Eyndhoven, Nikhil Varik, Simon Chhabra and Michelle Lambert

A group of 9 tramps set off on Saturday morning to go and combat the CUTC’s carbon emissions by doing some restoration planting on Quail Island in Lyttelton harbour. We arrived just before the ferry was set to depart, only to be texted that the ferry was late and there was no rush. We had to find something to do until the ferry was ready to leave in an hour’s time… Continue reading

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Refreshers Weekend

Date: Jul 25-26, 2015
Words & Images: Kendall Coffman
Tramps: 55 all up
Location: Woolshed Creek Hut


This past weekend I hiked along the Woolshed Creek with the Tramping Club! For those asking yourself, “what is tramping???”, it is hiking! There were four different routes that the club took groups on and I went on the second hardest route. This meant 6+ hours of tramping with my pack – a challenge since this was my first time going on a backpacking trip, but a fun adventure!

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The Kegspedition


Words: Sam Stephenson,

Images: Matthew Falloon

Last years bushball was followed by something of a shenanigan.

Somehow we found ourselves in the Avoca homestead carpark with an unfinished keg of beer, two inflatable rafts and an idea…

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Deep in the Winter Snow

Words & images: Caroline Bellamy
Tramps: Caroline Bellamy, Hamish Cumming, Sam Stephenson, Kate Wootton

6.00 pm on a bone chilling Friday night in mid July we all slipped and stumbled our way up to Carrington Hut. Keen we were…braving this cold. The Waimakariri river was filled with rocks blanketed with snow illuminating the path for the five of us as chat broke up the long 4hr valley walk. Guided by Venus and a little sneaky GPS we made it to Carrington Hut on a pretty direct route sticking to the river the whole way.

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How not to go tramping

Date: 20th June 2015
Tramps: Andrew Seward, Tania Seward, Glen Baxter
Words: Andrew Seward
Photos: there aren’t any. Read on and you’ll see why.

Weekends are a precious commodity. Between full time work and study, there aren’t many free. With this in mind, we decided to make the most of it. Ball Pass, near Mt Cook was the plan. As the date approached the 10 day forecast wasn’t looking fantastic with storms, snow and sleet predicted. The tramping guru Geoff Spearpoint suggested we find a nice hut with a fire not too far from the road. He even suggested a few places. We decided to continue with our plan. Geoff is probably mellowing with age, we’ll be right, we are definitely going tramping.

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Devil’s Den Biv, Lewis Pass

Jeff, Zeinab and Rachael en route to Nina Hut

Date: 12-13th April 2014
Tramps: Zeinab Chegini, Tania Seward, Jeff Ducrot, Rachael Horner
Words: Zeinab Chegini
Photos: Tania Seward

Cuddling, huddling, huggling, snuggling; these are the terms that are discussed when four happy trampers share a two bunk biv. What would an overnight tramp be without copious amounts of huddling anyway?

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Tara Tama Traverse



Words and images: Caroline Bellamy

Participants: Caroline Bellamy, Hamish Cumming, Alastair McDowell, Philip Sültrop and Phil Wallace

After dinner at Darfield we arrived 9.00pm Friday in Arthurs Pass, where all the fun began. With our five packs loaded and ice gear secured we began our way towards Rocky creek hut on the pleasant warm night it was, pumped and excited for what was to come. We estimated a 2-3 hour walk in…. well……

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Andrews Stream



Location: Andrews Shelter, Arthur’s Pass
Date: 21 March, 2015
Participants: Matt Falloon and a crew of happy tramps

Words & Images: Susanne Birgelen

On a very sunny Saturday Matt and a group of motivated trampers met at the UCSA carpark. Everyone arrived well prepared with towels and extra clothing, since we were going to be wet. Our plan called for an adventure, so we were very glad for the great weather. We started walking at Andrews Shelter, about 25km south of Arthur’s Pass Village. Right at the beginning we had to walk steeply uphill. But the rest of the first half of the tramp was rather a nice stroll tramping up the Andrews Stream Track. We had plenty of time and pleasure to enjoy the forest, take pictures and watch birds.

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Concerning Freshers


Location: Magdalen Hut, St James Walkway, Lewis Pass
Date: March 7-8, 2015
Participants: 60+ Freshers

Images by Samuel Chau and Josie Dransfeld

“This trog is largely concerned with Freshers – CUTC’s first big annual tramping trip – and from its pages a reader may discover much of its character and a little of its history”

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A Journey to the Top of New Zealand – Aoraki Ascent


Words & images: Alastair McDowell
Participants: David Chen, Elisha Nutall, Alastair McDowell

There are only a few days each year when the many suns, stars and moons that govern perfect mountaineering conditions at Mt Cook line up. To be there ready, with a climbing partner, feeling fit and primed to pounce at this very moment – the chances seem impossibly slim. But on one such day in mid-December, the impossible happened.

Good weather was moving in for the weekend, so we made our move to advanced base-camp – Plateau Hut – on a miserably wet Wednesday. Although my climbing partners Elisha and David were quite keen, as most are, to fly from Mt Cook village up to the Grand Plateau, I was determined to make a clean ascent from the road-end, and eventually convinced them to join me.

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Brilliant Ball Pass


Words & images: Enda Walsh
Participants: Simon Litchwark, Jeff Ducrot, Enda Walsh

So Ball Pass. It had been on my mind for some time. I’d first heard about it from Alex Warnaar when we did our Basic Alpine Skills course with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club. We were up at Mueller hut and Alex mentioned it as a route from across the Mount Cook Range from the Hooker to the Tasman Valleys, one that was good to do in Winter if you were confident in your snow and ice skills.

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The Brass Monkey Balls Up

Participants: Enda, Alex, Simon, Joe, Mark, Clare and Richie

Date: 16th & 17th August 2014

Words and images: Richie White

Right so my first Trog, and what a tramp I’m picking to write about! As per usual, we met at the slightly earlier time of 7am, packed up our gear and were quickly under way. The plan was to meet at Culverden Bakery, grab a coffee, munch down some pies and hit the road again fairly promptly. Next stop was the drop off point for the passengers while the drivers went off to leave one car by Rough Creek (our exit point on day 2 if all goes well). While they were gone we got ready and had a peek about the place. Just round the corner of a track there was a little frozen lake, it was just the start of some of the most stunning sc Continue reading

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Jolliebrook Hut

Participants: Mathew Falloon, Sergey White, Clara Voirol, Lisa Wiesent, Jenny Hamilton, Samuel Rademaker, Timothy Manning, Marie Riis, Amalie Watchmann, Andrew Nesbit, Kevin Polak, Dan Goodwin.

Date: 2-3rd August 2014

Words: Matt Falloon


Well shit. Earlier in the week I’d indicated to the club that I intended to lead an overnight trip to Kirwans Hut by the town of Reefton on the Westcoast and at the time the weather forecast looked promising. Alas as most of us know a week is a long time in New Zealand forecasting. By the Wednesday meeting the Metservice was predicting a great big red blob of rainy doom to descend upon the location of the intended trip and loiter for the duration which would probably cause a few issues. For one the track I intended to take followed a reasonably substantial river with a large catchment for most of the second day raising the risk of getting caught by a flooding… Continue reading

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Frozen Snowcraft

Participants: The 6 Ice Masters (Tania, Glen, Woulter, Richard, Enda and Sam) + 36 brave ice wanderers

Dates: Aug 9 – Aug 10

Words: Josie Dransfeld

Once upon a time when the beloved and yet accursed Mistress Winter finally decided to bless New Zealand’s mountains with a decent dumping of fresh and powdery snow, it was time for another attempt of getting Snowcraft underway. Postponed and cancelled due to a lack of the fluffy white stuff countless times earlier it now so happened that we almost had too much of it. The Ice Masters had to assess the situation, call up highway and ski patrols alike to make sure the roads were clear and avalanche danger manageable. Luckily, everything could go ahead! Continue reading

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High Country Winter Slog


Participant: Alex Warnaar
Location: Mt Catherine, Taylor Range
Date: 26th July 2014
Words and images: Alex Warnaar

The Canterbury High Country is special. That is all there is to say.

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The cold, the pools, the stars…and a crazy challenge

Little Mount Peel

Participants: 39 cray-cray tramping club members

Date: 27-28th July 2014

Words and images: Josie Dransfeld

You want a proper introduction to tramping in New Zealand?

Come along to Refreshers and learn one of the two most essential skills to survive the back country straight away:

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The Three Passes and the Ellerslie Flower Show

Participants: Rose Pearson (scribe), Andre Eger, Nick Riordan, Mathew Falloon

Dates: 2013

It began with a text:

Mathew F: Would you be interested in going to the Ellerslie Flower show? For extra difficulty Saturday or Sunday.

Rose P: Oh maybe Sunday. I’m planning to fast pack the 3 passes tramp around Arthurs Pass. Depends on how fast we go.

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