Otago Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club

Section Event

Mid Winter Christmas Party

Saturday, June 22 2019 — Sunday, June 23 2019

The Basics
Event type: Tramping
Start date: Saturday, June 22 2019
End Date: Sunday, June 23 2019
Registration cut-off Friday, June 21 2019 12:00 PM
Trip organizers
Riley Smith [Otago]
Cost Hut: NZ Alpine Club members: $15 Non-members: $25
Participant Information
Who's invited Members and guests
Attendee screening Attendees are pre-screened
Maximum number of participants 20
Total number registered 14
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This year the Otago Section will return to French Ridge Hut, the site of the first mid-winter Christmas trip in recent history. We will retrace those early explorers from 2008 by driving to the road end after work on Friday and walking to Aspiring Hut for the night. On Saturday we will continue the tradition by carrying far too much food, Christmas decorations, and a Secret Santa present up to the hut for our festivities. Sunday will offer a possible climb of Mt French, before returning to our cars and to Dunedin.

Getting There

We will organize shared transport from Dunedin. You will be required to pay your share of the petrol costs, which you are to negotiate with the driver.

Possible Hazards


It's winter... its cold! Warm layers will be essential. There is more than likely to be snow on the track, requiring good boots. If you are interested in climbing Mount French, crampons and ice axe will be essential. I will determine closer to date if we will all need to take crampons and ice axes, but it is likely we will, looking at the future forecasts!


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