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Mature Mountaineers Meetings

At the 2006 Home of Mountaineering Opening, ex-President, Dave Bamford, floated the idea of afternoon get-togethers for the Club’s more mature mountaineers.

It was envisaged that these meetings would be held every couple of months in the third-floor Library area of the Club’s new premises in Christchurch. The meetings are designed around members aged 65 years and over, to give them a chance to meet in the daytime and talk over past exploits with their fellow climbers. Attendance is by invitation as space is at a premium, but if you are an out of town member and wish to attend, please feel free to check in with the National Office.

As a bonus, speakers are sourced for each meeting and there are often slides and images available. Light afternoon tea is also served.

In 2018 the venue for these meetings was changed to allow for better access and in March the meeting was held at The Cashmere Club, Christchurch. However, this proved too big a venue and the next meeting, which wasn’t held until February of 2018 took place at the St Martin’s Community Centre in Wilsons Road. In 2019 the meeting venue switched to the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church Lounge, 288 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch.

Upcoming Meetings 

Next meeting – TBA

Past Meeting Dates and Speakers

The Inaugural meeting of the New Zealand Alpine Club’s Mature Mountaineers was held from 1-3pm, on Friday, October 27th, 2006. The speaker for this meeting was Bill Beaven. He regaled the many attendees with a half-hour reflection on some of his more humorous mountaineering adventures.

  1. Oct 27, 2006 = Bill Beaven “Mountaineering Adventures”
  2. Apl 24, 2007 = Norman Hardie “Antarctic Adventures”
  3. Jun 13, 2007 = Colin Burrows “The work of Julius Haast and changes to the NZ environment”
  4. Oct 10, 2007 = Peter McCormack “Life as a mountain guide, Franz Josef”
  5. Dec 7, 2007 = Dave Bamford “The changing world of mountaineering and his life as a Tourism Consultant”
  6. Apl 11, 2008 = Geoff Harrow “The Hutton’s Shearwater, NZ’s only mountain seabird”

    Limbo Thompson and Norman Hardie (August) 2013 Mature Mountaineers

  7. Aug 29, 2008 = Pat Prendergast “Insights into Israel”
  8. Oct 10, 2008 = Ray Slater “Alpine Rescue Operations”
  9. Nov 21,2008 = Margaret Clarke “Off-shore adventures since retiring”
  10. Mch 24, 2009 = Mike Brosnan “Dryland and desert conservation work in China, Africa and NZ”
  11. Jul 23, 2009 = Ian McLeod “Living in the mountains, then and now (Grasmere Station)”
  12. Sep 23, 2009 = John Wilson  “John Harrison – Canterbury Mountaineer”
    Transcript of meeting by David Harrowfield (PDF 70kb)
  13. Nov 5, 2009 = NZAC Antarctic Expedition 1959-60 reunion
  14. Feb 25, 2010 = Graham Foulds “Nepal – education, environment, and politics”
  15. Aug 20, 2010 = John and Diane McKinnon “Remembering Ed – 40 Years in the Himalaya”
    ‘I was the 1st doctor at Ed Hillary’s hospital, at Kunde in Nepal and am a member of the Himalayan Trust. My wife Diane and I have been involved with Ed’s work since I went with him to Nepal in 1964 and climbed Thamserku. We have both been to Nepal many times. I was also on the 1st ascent of the south face of Cook. When Ed died, I developed a talk “Remembering Ed” about our involvement with Ed and his significance to Nepal, and how his work in Nepal was an excellent example of community development. Although this talk is not strictly mountaineering, it does have quite a lot of mountain involvement and may be of interest.’
  16. Oct 5, 2010 = Miguel (Mike) Mahoney “Here and There – Everest and South America”

    Jim Wilson (September) 2009 Mature Mountaineers

  17. Dec 9,2010 = Max Dorflinger “My Climbing in Switzerland and The Eiger”
  18. Feb 11, 2011 = Shaun Norman “Three Summers on the Other Side of the Ice”
  19. Jul 25, 2011 = John Moore “The 1970’s at Mt Cook and Riccarton Bush Today”
  20. Mch 21, 2012 = Ross Cullen “Barron Saddle/Mt Brewster Region”
  21. May 23, 2012 = Peter Strang “Mountain Dreaming”
  22. Jun 20, 2012 = Steve Moffatt “In the Footsteps of Mannering and Dixon” A historical re-enactment (with Hugh Logan and Steve Gurney) of their 5th attempt on Aoraki, before paddling out to the coast in Roby Roy’s canoes.
  23. Jul 18, 2012 = Gordon Hasell “A Historical look at the Cook River and La Perouse Glacier, including the Ruth Adams’ Rescue which opened up the access for major climbing from the 1950’s”
  24. Sep 28, 2012 = Bill Beaven “Personal recollections of the Ruth Adams rescue and the background of three previous alpine rescues that influenced it.”
  25. Nov 30, 2012 = Mike Brown “Horse Trekking through the South Island High country”

    Geoff Spearpoint (August) 2013 Mature Mountaineers

  26. Aug 21, 2013 = Geoff Spearpoint “Huts and Trips in Remote Parts of New Zealand”
  27. Nov 8, 2013 = Colin Burrows “Travels in the Colorado Mountains”
  28. Dec 6, 2013 = Ross Cullen “Photos and Stories of Norse Mountains”
  29. Feb 14, 2014 = Rob Frost “White Wave Expedition”
  30. Mch 7, 2014 = Dave Kennedy “Dave Massam’s Antarctic Adventures”
  31. Feb 27, 2015 = Limbo Thompson -Mountaineer, Rogue and Oral Historian “Memories, Myths and Mountains”
  32. Feb 27, 2015 = Limbo Thompson -Mountaineer, Rogue and Oral Historian “Memories, Myths and Mountains” – Limbo talks about a misspent youth
  33. Dec 3, 2015 = Sam Newton, NZAC General Manager and Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow “NZAC Challenges, Opportunities, and Comparisons to European Clubs”
  34. Mch 31, 2017 = Peter Bain “The 1955 Masherbrun Expedition in the Karakoram Range, Pakistan”
  35. Feb 20, 2018 = Bob McKerrow “Ebenezer Teichelmann and his Influence on West Coast Mountaineering”
  36. May 7, 2019 = Colin Monteath “Journeys in Mongolia”
  37. July 22, 2019 = presented by Lindsay Rowe with assistance from Geoff Harrow “The Hutton’s Shearwater: Geoff Harrow’s legacy and the current status”
  38. November 4, 2019 = presented by Bob McKerrow “Another Short Walk in the Hindu Kush”
     “Bob spent three years in Afghanistan between 1993-96 and returned countless times since. In his holidays, he went climbing in the Hindu Kush. Bribes, theft, dodging landmines and kidnappings were just everyday events in Afghanistan in the 90s. When Bob wrote his personal account of the spirit of the Afghan people and the beauty of their mountains, he reckons getting enough power to charge his laptop was harder than climbing a 6000m peak! Afghanistan – Mountains of Our Minds was published in 2003 in India, and never had a NZ book launch until the 2019 Wanaka Mountain Film and Book Festival.” 

Where possible any transcripts or images taken at meetings will be uploaded for your interest. Future meetings will also be listed. Invitations are usually sent out to the Canterbury/Westland and South Canterbury Section members only. If older members are visiting Christchurch while a meeting is on, they are most welcome to attend.

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