Backcountry

Big Hollyday

Exact dates in December 2022 TBD. A SCAR (self contained adventure racing) event. Cruise around the Hollyford-Big Bay-Pyke circuit utilizing a packraft.

WTF (Wilderness Traverse of Fiordland)

Exact dates in January 2022 TBD. This is part of our SCAR series, but feels more like an adventure race than the Big Hollyday because of the numerous route choices.  Teams of two to four will trek and paddle their way from a start somewhere in Fiordland to a finish line somewhere else.

Kaikōura Mountains to the Sea

Kaikо̄ura Mountains to the Sea is a community-focused event, open to participants of all ages. A new event running around Kaikoura's iconic peninsula and up towards Mt Fyffe. Categories from marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km. 

Near-Miss  How (Not) to Get into Canyoning

'We're cold, wet, tired and it's about to get dark. And we've still got that big abseil to go...' Safely home after her first foray into canyoning, Megan Sety and her team reflect on their type-2 adventure. They learn firsthand that while canyoning is an ideal sport for trampers and climbers to explore, it requires its own set of technical skills and expertise.

Mountain Adventure  How to Go Fastpacking

'Every piece of gear that you bring needs to be examined and optimised. A ruthless and analytical attitude needs to be taken.' Breaking down each component to allow for the lightest and safest travel, Alastair delves into the nitty gritty of fastpacking.

Rescue  Cheeky Keas, I Reckon

Chris Sommer and his new climbing mate take on Friday’s Fool – a 200 meter mixed (rock and ice) route at the heart of the Remarkables range. After their rope gets mysteriously cut, the pair face a life or death situation resulting in a Search and Rescue evacuation.

Rolleston Range  Turret Peak

A fun, sociable weekend as Nina Dickerhof, Rob Munro, James Thornton, and Simon Bell visit the Rolleston Range at the head of Lake Coleridge and climb Turret Peak. This is Simon’s account of the trip, which was previously published in NZAC’s 'Vertigo.'

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

The NZAC Intro to Backcountry Skiing Course (IBSC) is a four-day course designed for strong intermediate (or better) skiers with excellent aerobic fitness wanting to get a good grounding in ski touring so they can go experience the winter backcountry by themselves.

Volunteering  Getting More Than You Give

'There always seems to be more to gain no matter how much you give.' Guided by this philosophy, Cath and her partner become active volunteers in the trapping community in Southland. After relocating to Central Otago, the pair are introduced to a new landscape, as well as the wildlife and pest diversity that comes along with it.

Youth Award Grant  Stewart Island

Well known for being one of the muddiest tramps, Brianna Loan learns firsthand the frustration (and fun) of being stuck in the mud with mates. As a recipient of the FMC Youth Award Grant, she and her team share laughs, forge friendships, and together face a crucial safety decision when the weather turns.

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