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12 January: New Year Welcome Evening

We will start 2022 with a BYO meal from 6.30pm onwards. You may wish to bring outside seating as well so we can catch up with friends on the lawn outside the clubhouse if the run of glorious fine hot days continue through to next week.


19 January: Two Nature DVDs


26 January: UK Walks in the Cotswolds and on the South West Coast Path by Alan Stevens

In 2006 & 2009 Helen and Alan Stevens undertook two self-guided walks in England. Firstly: “The Cotswolds” along the pretty line of hills, dipping into and staying at some of the very picturesque towns and villages. Secondly: “The SW Coast Path” – part of the 1014km path around the rugged Cornish Coast.


2 February: Pack-rafting by FMC Development Officer, Dan Clearwater (In club rooms via Zoom)

Have you ever thought, whilst walking down a looong valley, that it would be nice if you could float your way effortlessly down the river?   For the weight of an alpine tent, you could be carrying a Packraft and be doing just that. These sturdy and capable inflatable 1 person rafts are growing rapidly in popularity; come and listen to our guest speaker and find out why.

Dan Clearwater is the FMC Development Officer, author of the Canyoning in NZ guidebook and a co-founder of the Packrafting Association of NZ and the website.  He'll speak to us about these crafty creations,  explain the pathways to get involved and inspire us with a few stories from his packrafting trips, both sublime and scary.


9 February: Shaun Barnett Across The Pass - A collection of New Zealand tramping writing



Tramping is a hugely diverse experience – it’s so much more than just putting on a pack – and this is reflected in how people have written about it. The stories collected in this anthology feature adventure, exploration, fun, purgatory, friendship, absurdity and reflection. For many of these writers, tramping has offered a mental and emotional reconnection – with themselves, with their companions, and with nature.” – Shaun Barnett. 

Tramping is a journey into mountainous country, across passes, along ridges, beside rivers or through forests. It is a journey also, perhaps, to discovering more about the native plants and animals existing in these wild ecosystems, and a journey into friendship or self-discovery. New Zealand trampers have produced a rich body of literature about their activity, with writing spanning nearly two centuries and ranging from poetry and songs, journals and newspaper pieces to magazine articles and books. These stories may hold drama or tragedy, but more often they are about companionship, enjoying nature and finding challenge in wild environments. Across the Pass includes writing from a broad spectrum of New Zealanders from the famous to the obscure. It includes writers John Mulgan, Charles Brasch and Barbara Anderson, mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary and Philip Temple, adventurer Graeme Dingle, trampers Geoff Spearpoint, Sheila Natusch and Mark Pickering, peace activist Elsie Locke and poets Sam Hunt and Blanche Baughan. The pieces range from epic tales to stories of strolls, writing that pokes fun at companions or instead celebrates that strong bond often forged when facing challenges together. Some writers appreciate the intricacies of nature or the splendour of the mountains, while for others an interest in history encourages them to tread the trails first pioneered by their ancestors.

“It wasn’t easy whittling down the selection from more than 200 stories in contention to the 100 included in this book. It was important to me that women as well as men featured, and that it included a range of contemporary trampers as well as explorers from the past .”



The club is always interested to hear from anybody wanting to be considered as a Wednesday night guest speaker and is open to suggestions


If you have any suggestions for speakers, or would like to give a presentation yourself, please contact

Pamela at club night, or email details to