Newsletter, June 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Sherp Tucker who was honoured in the Queens Birthday list for his contribution to Search and Rescue.


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PRESIDENT's PIECE > 80th Anniversary

It seems like it was only a couple of years ago that our club was celebrating 75 years of tramping and adventure. Low and behold we are now 80 years of age! And, like our 75th event, we plan to celebrate our octogenarian status at St Arnaud.

As mentioned by our newsletter editor in the last issue, NTC began life as a Club in May 1934. While in those days motorised transport was in its infancy it didn’t stop members from walking, cycling and hiring a car to get to the start of  a tramp.

Our 80th anniversary celebration is scheduled for:

Saturday & Sunday, 26–27th July.

The event will start with a pot luck dinner at the new St Arnaud Hall, which will be followed by a quiz, then games and if people still have any energy left, some singing and dancing. Sunday will include a quick clean of the Hall, then an option of a short walk, a medium walk and /or a navigation exercise. Watch the Programme on the NTC website for details.

The Hall is across is directly across the road from the accommodations detailed above. The Hall will be the centre of our celebration activities and has a fully appointed commercial kitchen with tables, chairs, plates and cutlery to handle  a crowd of at least 100 people.

The Organising Committee is Kate Krawczyk, Kathy Smith, Ray Salisbury and myself. If you have ideas or activities you want to suggest be included in the celebrations then by all means give one of the Committee a shout.

Arrive at St Arnaud in time to sort out your accommodation. The hall will be open and manned from 4.00pm onwards.

So, if you want to have a fun weekend, call or email me. Register sooner rather than later. 80 years of existence is worth celebrating, so do come along and help mark this milestone event.

Lawrie Halkett, Club President


(1)  Ring Lawrie (evenings) 544 4096 or email Lawrie Halkett.

(2)  Book your accommodation (see below)

(3)  Organise transport (bring a friend along if easier or team up with other members)

(4)  Bring ‘main’ for Saturday evening’s pot luck dinner. Desserts welcome too. BYO beverages.

(5)  BYO breakfast and lunch.

(6)  Bring hiking gear for outdoor activities on the Sunday.

(7)  Cost: $10 per member to cover cost of Hall hire, plus bits and pieces for the games, cake, etc.

ACCOMMODATION @ St Arnaud, (Nelson Lakes)

A) Nelson Lakes Motels / Travers-Sabine Lodge

Backpackers (38 beds). NTC has pre-booked this facility. The first 38 to advise Lawrie of their intentions can use this cheaper facility.

A flat cost to these members will be $35 per person, which will cover the cost of accommodation (no sleeping bags, as sheets are provided) and the $10 charge for the event.

B) Nelson Lakes Motels

Same venue as above, but these are separate cabins with own toilets / showers. They range in size from single to double bedrooms and sleep between 36 people. As long as all beds (again no sleeping bags required) are used in each cabin the cost is  around the $50 to $60 dollars per person per night. If you miss out on the backpacker option (top) then you will need to book these directly with Nelson Lakes Motels. Visit their website or phone Yvonne on 03 521 1887.


June edition is coming out very soon. Collect your copy at Wises Picture Framers, Buxton Square, Nelson. Copies are also available at club nights along with Safety in the Mountains (this edition is nearly sold-out nationally!)

PERSONAL LOCATOR BEACONS > 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 9 June > Guest Speaker: Chris Mildon

Andy MacDonald from Absolute Adventure in Stoke will be there
>>> Test out this delicious range of gourmet freeze-dried food for free.

Chris from the Nelson Mountain Bike Club will speak about cycling in the Nelson region, tracks available, plans for future tracks and how such tracks are constructed - a good opportunity for trampers to understand mountain bikers and how outdoor users can collectively use the outdoors without undue conflict.

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

Monday 4 August > Guest Speaker: The Hon Dr Nick Smith, MP

The AGM is an important annual event for the Club to review the status and plan our future. Regarding the committee, we have a real need for new blood, especially for the position of Treasurer. Please consider putting your or another name forward for committee - nominations close in late July so you cannot be dragooned at the AGM; Contact the Secretary for a nomination form. We keep the AGM brief but functional so come along, contribute and enjoy the talk from Dr Smith, the Minister of Conservation - there are several recent successes for his portfolio but some on-going issues for DOC.

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.)

WANTED TO BUY > Topomaps 260 Series 1:50 000
Older projection & datum.

Maps wanted:

J32  K32  K31  K30  L30  N30  K29  L29  M29
N29  O29  O28  N25  N26  N27  L28  L27/26

Please call Rod Lewis if you have any of these superseded
Topomaps that you no longer use or want.
Phone 539 1004 or 022 099 8126 or email

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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