Newsletter, February 2014

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBER > Elizabeth Dooley


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We all love them. They fit into a group seamlessly, do what they’re told, and never rock the boat. They are considerate, courteous, cuddly … they make great friends and are the perfect person to make up numbers on a club tramp.

Fortunately, however, there are other personalities among us, that prevent us from experiencing the same old same old. Without visionaries and secure leaders, nothing would get done. Without the colourful and playful, party-going extroverts, life would become boring. Without the quiet, thoughtful, task-oriented perfectionists, we’d lose the sense of order and attention to detail to ‘get the job done right.’

That ancient Greek scientist, Hippocrates, classified the human race into four cookie-cutter categories: Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Melancholic. Myers-Briggs complicated it all with 16 different personality indicators. Dr. Gary Smalley suggests we each have a unique blend of personality traits depicted by four animals: The Otter, Golden Labrador, Lion and Beaver. Susan Scott has aligned the four types to fit under sporting titles: Cheerleader, Team Player, Coach and Manager.

Of course, no one person can be pigeon-holed into a single personality type; we are all custom-made. So, the main point I am making is that each of us are unique, one-of-a-kind individuals. Each exhibits particular strengths, and on the flip-side of these welcome traits lie our weaknesses, for which we require grace and understanding. Lots of it!

For example, what I call perseverance or tenacity, others may see as stubbornness. Your greatest strength may be seen by others as your Achilles Heel. The Choleric Coach, can be tactless and lacking in empathy. The Melancholic Manager can be pessimistic and inflexible. To them, fun is a foreign concept. The Sanguine Cheerleader can be impulsive and impetuous, a right pain in the neck. And our favourite, the Phlegmatic Team Player, can become apathetic and indecisive.

So, let’s make room for each other and celebrate our differences.

See you at Club & Pub Nights...

Raymond Salisbury, Editor

TRIP LEADERS > Free Finger Food 6.30pm sharp

Monday 10 March > Club Pub Nite
Social Night @ Sprig & Fern, Richmond

The upcoming trip Programme is rather thin. We need YOUR IDEAS for 2014.
Where do YOU want to go tramping?

Over some fish'n'chips, or nachos, we're gonna brainstorm ideas for future tramps. Even if you've never been 'the leader', but would like to put your hand up, this is for you. Bring your maps or guide books too.

PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACONS > New Notice for Trip Leaders

Our beacons have been busy, including one recent rescue, where the helicopter could not easily locate the party. 

Please remember to:

1) Fill out the entire form. The finer details are what SAR need to find you. Explain your intended route & possible alternative routes.

2) Before activating the beacon, get into a clearing. Satellites can’t pick up signals in thick bush. Keep the PLB upright. Do not move it once activated.

3) Hold up bright clothing or pack liners to assist the helicopter in sighting your position.

4) Consider using a cellphone first - this can provide two-way communication & save money.

Our 5 beacons can still be borrowed / hired from either location:

Rollo's Outdoor Centre
12 Bridge Street, Nelson. Ph 548 1975

Stirling Sports
213 Queen Street, Richmond. Ph 544 8290

Also, please be prompt in returning the PLBs and report any damage too.

CLUBNITES > Put on your calendar!

Monday 10 March > Club Pub Nite
Social Night @ Sprig & Fern, Richmond
Bring Park Maps and meet new people!

7.30 pm > Be there!

Monday 7 April > Guest Speaker: Hudson Dodd

Hudson Dodd is general manager of the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. His professional background spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors, with extensive leadership experience in community-based wildlife habitat conservation initiatives in the United States’ Pacific Northwest.

He will speak on the urgent need for fenced mainland island wildlife sanctuaries as a key component in NZ’s wildlife conservation movement.

He will also provide an update on the plans and timelines for completing the development of the 14km pest-proof fence to enclose 700ha in the Brook Valley. This will create NZ’s second largest fenced sanctuary and visitor attraction.

 7:30pm Nelson Intermediate School, Tipahi Street. Gold coin donation.

PRIVATE TRIPS > Info re SAR requirements

If you've borrowed our beacons for your personal tramp:

EMAIL your intentions to Pat Holland, Lawrie Halkett or Chris Louth before leaving. They are our SAR contacts, especially if the hire shops are closed, (e.g. at midnight.)

PHOTO COMPETITION > Slideshow on-line

Winning photos from the December 2013 club competition can be viewed on the NTC Photo Galleries webpage.

2013 > The Year in Review

'YEAH...'                                'NAH...'___________________

Good club night turnouts     Gt White Butterfly scare

Pub nights!                           Richmond floods

Kate’s ‘knobs’                      German wasp epidemic

Maitai Valley re-opened      Graham Valley slip

Old Ghost Rd completed    That kahikatea destroyed

New members                      Kiwi numbers in decline

1st Crossings TV series      Yet another Hillary movie

 All Blacks unbeaten             K2 tragedy

Nick Smith stopped the       Monorail might still go ahead
Milford Tunnel                  

Mountain Safety Council > Courses in Nelson

River Safety > 9 March > COST: $35

Venue: DOC Motueka & Mot Rvr.

Entry-level instruction. Participants may travel 4+ hours across bouldery riverbed with full pack.

Risk Management Essentials > 10-11 May > COST: TBA.

Venue: TBA.

This course teaches participants how to apply risk management principles in outdoor activities and tests their ability to cope with emergencies.

Risk management is defined as “the process of reducing potential loss to an acceptable level”.

Outdoor First Aid: Refresher > 15 June > COST: $95

Venue: Nelson Girl Guide Centre, Lee Valley, Brightwater

Participants will work together to treat people injured in mock accidents and emergencies.

Some classroom based theory work. Must have a valid 1st Aid certifcate already.


Contact:  Evelyn O’Neill.

Mail: 23 Coleridge Place, Stoke.

Telephone: (03) 547 2426



Tramping the St James, Lewis Tops, or Harper Pass routes?
We can take the hassle out of your holiday, and add a touch of comfort at either end of the journey.

  • 65-bed lodge
  • Hot showers
  • Cooking facilities
  • $28 / night / person
  • Shuttle service to tracks – $26 for car shuttle to St James
  • Safe vehicle parking – $7 per day
  • Catering company can provide meals
  • 40 minutes from Hanmer Springs; 3 hours from Nelson

Phone: (03) 315 7082. Email:
Private Bag 55002, Orchard Road, Christchurch 8154

NEW FREEZE-DRI MEALS > Absolute Wilderness

We’re a Stoke-based company producing freeze dried meals that taste amazing, are super simple to use and are packed full of the nutrients you need in the outdoors. We’re exclusively available in Rollos, Nelson and online.

Food should taste good wherever you are


Don Schwass, who has worked for search and rescue in Nelson for decades, kindly spoke at a recent club night.

Don also provides the only FREE monitored tramping intentions service. Check out Adventure Buddy on-line:

If you need to hire tramping boots, tents, beacons, or even clothing...
Phone: 547 4817 > Cellphone: 021 111 1177







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