Newsletter, June 2017


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Name: Leah Parker

Place of birth: Nelson

Occupation: First and foremost a mummy to James (5) Tom (3) and wife to my supportive hubby Kevin. I run my own business from home: Wish Events styling and hire. I provide styling, hire and planning services for a range of events including weddings, birthdays and children’s events.

Member for: One year, following a ten year break from tramping (which I was first introduced to in my Outdoor Ed class at Nayland College).

How I have benefited as a member: I joined the club to meet new people who shared my passion for the outdoors and, in particular, find others who are available for mid-week activities. My expectations of the club have been well exceeded. I have made new friends, gained some new knowledge of the area in which I have spent most of my life and had awesome opportunities. I have pushed my comfort zones by public speaking and my fitness limits on long days in the hills.

Best trip: This is not an easy question to answer as each trip has its highlights but recently I took my two little men to Bushline Hut for the night. The 3 of us set out up Pinchgut. Tom (3) was not carrying a bag but James (5) had his sleeping bag in his little pack for the first time. They made me so proud completing both days of the trip with no complaints. If a step in the track was too big for Tom’s little legs James would go up first then turn and offer his hand. They know that with 20kg in my pack I cannot carry them and they just set about the challenge ahead.

Earlier this year I was privileged enough to be part of one of the building teams working on the Mt Fell Hut project. It was a fantastic experience and awesome working with Silvano and the team.

Worst trip: An icy slip on Gordons Pyramid 15 years ago compressed my spine and has left me with a life-long lower back injury.

Funniest moment: Waking my igloo buddy up to check he was alive. (If you want to sleep in an igloo on a frozen Lake Angelus, you should fill in the gaps between your snow bricks so the freezing wind doesn’t whistle in.) However, he did not think it was funny. He actually went on to become a builder. Let’s hope his construction has improved.

Scariest moment: Tramping alone and not reaching Browning Hut by dark. I had a late start and only planned on going to the Hacket but decided I could make it. It was chilly and the moist air was fogging up my glasses. Having not been there before I was not even sure I was on the right track. With the possums laughing at me, I decided to turn back. I was very pleased to see Hacket Hut again.

Favourite hut: Mt Fell. Slightly biased, I guess, after working on the project but it really is a neat spot. Angelus is up there on my list too.

Bucket list tramp: I would like to do parts of Stewart Island and some more of the Southern Lakes area tramps. I enjoyed the part of the Routeburn I did do, and would love to return.



This is a great one to have in the freezer ready to pop in your pack for that energy boost on a tramp.


  • 1 pkt of Wine bikkies – smashed up
  • 1 pkt mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • 300g dark chocolate melts
  • 150g butter
  • 3 TBS Golden or maple syrup

Mix bikky crumbs, marshmellows and cranberries in a bowl. Melt butter, chocolate and syrup in a heavy base saucepan and add to bikky mix. Combine quickly and press into a slice tin.


  • 150g dark chocolate melts
  • 50g butter
  • 1TBS Golden or maple syrup

Melt in heavy saucepan and spread over base before returning to the fridge. Allow to set fully before slicing in big or bigger slices.
Top with a sprinkle of icing sugar.
Freezes well.

CLUBNITES: add to your calendar

CLUB NIGHT @ Nelson Intermediate School

Date: Monday 12 June. Place: Nelson Intermediate School staffroom, Titipahi Street, Nelson. Time: 7.30pm. Speaker: Nina Dickerhof

Our invited speaker is Nina Dickerhof from Christchurch. Arriving from Germany as a student, Nina fell seriously in love with New Zealand and our great outdoors, especially the mighty Southern Alps.

   She has accomplished more hard trips and climbs over the past decade than most of us in a lifetime.

   Nina will speak on some of her recent adventures in the Hooker and Olivine wilderness areas.
This evening is not to be missed as a motivational and inspirational talk for all, particularly younger members. Illustrated with some of her images.


CLUB NIGHT @ Nelson Intermediate School

Date: Monday 7 August. Place: Nelson Intermediate School staffroom, Titipahi Street, Nelson. Time: 7.30pm. Speaker: Robbie Burton

Our invited speaker is Robbie Burton from from Potton & Burton Publishing. He is Craig Potton’s business counterpart, and also his climbing companion on their epic traverse of the Southern Alps.


Read about:

Erik Bradshaw’s ascent of Fastness Peak ‘easy’ route onto the Volta

Emily Forne’s ski-tramp on Poseidon Peak

Anthony Behren's traversing the spine of the North Island


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