TOURS IN TARARUAS
Fifty members of the Tarnrua Tramping Club Jei't for The Chateau on a ten days' skiing trip on Saturday afternoon. A large party of Victoria College . skiers also departed by the same train, and after a further large party of Rangiwahia Ski Club members had been taken on at Palmerston North and a number of parties of Taranaki enthusiasts at Mnrton, the 3 o'clock express became almost completely a "ski train." The express from Auckland also brought a large contingent, and approximately three hun« dred skiers had assembled at The Chateau by Sunday morning. Mare are reported to be arriving by car. Snow conditions are excellent, with good running, right down to Salt Huv The recent fine weather has consolidated. the snow and the absence of wind and rain has avoided the formation oi a crust. Tha novices' race is being run today. During the week club championships and inter-club races will be held. Tararua Club members are competing for the club's special skiing trophy. .
During the weekend some. Welling:ton skiers visited Rime Hut and reported conditions to be wall-nigh- perfect. A new cjownhHl run for more experienced skiers has been discovered on Mount Hector, from the summit down to the basin between Hector and Field Peak. Two Wellington runners shot down from the top of Mount Hector right into a gully among the leatherwood, whe,rs a stream bubbling, out from under the snow provided refreshment under a. torrid sun. THE JWITRE ASCEXDEIX A party of ten men and four women, members of the Tararua Club, and two members of the Canterbury Mountaineering Club, went from Wellington to Masterton by lorry on Saturday, tramped to the Mitre Flats Hut on Saturday afternoon, and climbed to the summit oi the Mitre, the-hlghest point in the Tararuas, on Sunday. The Mitre is several hundred feet higher than Mount Hector, the tallest Tararua summit seen from Wellington, and is a steeper climb. The hut was left1 before (5 o'clock on Sunday morning, and the sun was first seen from high up on the mountain, rising as a dull glowing orb over the ragged' sum,mlt of ' the coastal hills. The steep and hard snow slope required the use of an ice-axe,. The summit was reached in time for late Sunday breakfast, and a magnificent view extending to the Ruahines, Mount Ruapehu, and Mount Egmont, greeted the trampers.
The snow-eovcred crest of the Tararua range stretched for forty miles on either hand.
It had been intended to continue the trip to the high eastern ridge of the range from which the Mitre is an offshoot, but the steepness of the snow and ice descent from the Mitre to a saddle and the absence of climbing ropes compelled a change of plans. The rest of the morning was spent in sun bathing, and an exciting descent on the route of the climb was made at midday. Some of the party took
in a section of the Waingawa River at the lower end of the descent./
The skiing weather on the Tararuas this season lias been-excellent, practically every weekend has .been; clear. Despite the recent warm teflSperatures the snow has been abundant and generally ;of very good condition. Last year, a ski jump was constructed ou the slopes of Field Peak. ,So heavy was tho snow early this season, towever, that although standing seven feet high at the take-off the jump was completely submerged and its exact whereabouts were unknown for Borne months. Only this weekend could the jump be locate*?., '- ~ .;'<,
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SKIING POPULAR, Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 47, 24 August 1937
SKIING POPULAR Evening Post, Volume CXXIV, Issue 47, 24 August 1937
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