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Just received a great email from Gaylene Wilkinson from Takaka regarding the project she is doing on Lonely Lake Hut (it is worth noting Lonely Lake is an easy days tramp from the Soper Shelter we were reporting on last week!) No photos yet, but a little bit of map to help you find it...

"All done! We are very proud of our transformation of the wee hut at Lonely Lake. She has been insulated, lined, new window (facing West for view and pm sun), new larger skylight, new stainless steel cooking bench, new bunks and mattresses (including a space-saving cunning fold up upper bunk so the lower bunk is usable as a couch). Outside has been painted - cheerfully bold in 'Pirate Gold, a porch roof added above door, and extreme drainage dug to counter the hut siting in a bit of a bog. We worked approx. 300 hours at the hut, plus many more at home planning, ordering, pre-painting, cutting etc. We have managed to complete the whole project within budget - just under $4500. Quite remarkable what can be accomplished with a couple of keen people and some supportive retail sponsors. Resene gave us free paint, Placemakers gave us good discounts and free delivery to Takaka from Richmond, and the insulation was donated by Coldstore Products in Stoke, Nelson. Our local DOC has been good to work with too.

Thanks for your support and the opportunity to give Lonely Lake Hut a new lease of life.

Cheers,
Gaylene
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What does FMC do? It's a bit hard to describe, have a read of our just released Annual Report here:

www.fmc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/fmc-annual-report-2016-www.pdf

Photo: Ben Wilson - From the Olivine Ice Plateau
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Check out this great little trailer of the Soper Shelter Story video produced by Ray Salisbury. There is so much genuine passion for the backcountry in what has happened up the Stanley, the FMC Trust is very proud to have been able to support this. Great to see the article also on Stuff written by Kahurangi Calling Author Gerard Hindmarsh. We think it is just the beginning of a new appreciation for this area and the special places within it. www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/nz/79223689/back-to-the-future-at-lake-stanley ... See MoreSee Less

Movie is ready! Here's the shorter Trailer of the super Soper Shelter opening, courtesy of Golden Bay Alpine & Tramping Club. Their founder, Frank Soper (91) opened the tent camp on Saturday 16 April, at the head of Lake Stanley, Kahurangi National Park. Thanks to the FMC Trust. VIEW FULL VIDEO (16 mins): youtu.be/zXufWDDVjA4 [ images & video by Ray Salisbury | www.hotpixels.co.nz ]

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Wow, good to hear the satellite system for supporting personal locator beacons is getting better and at 3 days old has potentially already saved a life in the Tararuas!

www.odt.co.nz/news/national/381075/tramper-rescued-after-fall

Photos: Towards and from Girdlestone - Jamie Stewart
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