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possibly SNOW SKILLS TRAINING at Robert Lodge

Nelson Lakes National Park

Grade: Easy

Event Status: Completed

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From Saturday 12 September 2020 -  08:00
To Sunday 13 September 2020 - 17:00

Cost: $18

Trip Leader:
Debbie Hogan

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Phone: 035530427 or +64211920080
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Based on the success of the 2019 training, this is proposed to be a combined Golden Bay Alpine & Tramping Club, Waimea Tramping club, Marlborough Tramping Club and NTC trip.

Regret, due to lack of snow in the area of the hut, the snow skills training trip will not go ahead in the current format. 

Walk in to Robert Lodge early Saturday, and stay the night.

The current plan for the training weekend is low keyed and will depend on final numbers. We would include some training aspects over the weekend, but it will be informal training in action rather than a formal navigation training event. 
  • I will print out and laminate some maps of the area, which we can use for " Where the heck are we?" and "Help, how do we get back to the hut safely?" scenarios while out tramping. We will concentrate on moving safely on steep ground and determining the safest route while off track. Probably on a walk to Christies ridge to practice steep ground work & enjoy the views. 
  • On Sunday morning we will walk to Julius summit in search of snow. If found, we can try out our crampons and ice axes. (GBTC, we do have crampons & ice axes for hire from MTC & NTC). If not, we will enjoy the walk along the ridge, returning to the lodge for lunch, clean up and head for home. 

Kerosene heating and gas cooking are provided in the lodge, but no showers. No candles are to be lit, so bring your head torch (+spare battries). Toilets are flushed by bucket. Self catered, but some may wish to pool their food for Saturday evening. Open to ideas on this. The fee for Robert Lodge for club members is $20, (children $15), for visitors ($30 and children $25) additional to the transport charge. Maximum capacity of Robert Lodge is 30. We also can make use of the Christy lodge (30) for sleeping as well, but neither the heating or water are connected. Some may need to bring a sleeping mattress. If the weather forecast is dire, the trip will be postponed.

Please take note of the following information received: 8/7/20:

VFML has been engaged by the Department of Conservation(DOC) to carry out an aerial predator control operation in the Nelson Lakes National Park during the months of August & September 2020 which includes an aerial application of 1080 pellets.

This operation is weather dependant, hence, we are not able at this stage to give a specific date as regard when it will occur.  However, the operation has to be completed by the 30th September 2020. 


Once a definitive date is able to be determined VFML will advise all interested parties giving 48 hours’ notice.

Note also this later update;

Hello Mt Robert Hut Users


Further to my earlier email (below) I write to confirm that all the necessary consents have been granted and as such we will look to execute the helicopter Prefeed and 1080 Toxin drops at the first available weather window.


If you have any questions relating to this please don’t hesitate to contact me and could I please ask that you send me a return email confirming your receipt of this email.


Many thanks


Matt McCormick

Vector Free Marlborough Ltd | PO Box 5171 | Springlands | Blenheim 7241

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