Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand is the national association of over 80 tramping & mountain-climbing clubs, representing a total of over 15,000 individual members.
Bumper stickers and bracelets are now available to help spread awareness for this campaign. They are available by contacting savefiordland.co.nz for a gold coin donation.
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With the support of the FMC Mountain and Forest and Maerewhenua Trusts, there are 1x$1000 expedition and 3x$500 skills scholarships available each year. To look at past winners visit the Scholarship page.
FMC has written to all Southland and Westland District Councillors, urging them to oppose any development of a Haast-Hollyford Road.
The proposed route FMC has seen would encroach on Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Parks, including the Olivine Wilderness Area. The road is a major threat to these special remote places, and any development would severely degrade the environmental and wilderness values of the Cascade-Pyke area.
Map credit Westland District Council (click to enlarge).
FMC Club Photo Competition
The 2013 Competition has closed and the winners will be announced at the 2013 AGM. Clubs can now enter the 2014 competition. Go to Photo Competition page for details and the entry form.
Prosecutions for illegal helicopter landings on public conservation land
DoC recently led a successful prosecution against a helicopter pilot who made illegal landings in the Remote Experience Zone of the Kaimanawa Ranges. FMC is heartened by this action, and particularly by the comments of Judge Chris McGuire who recognised the huge pressure on wilderness areas globally. FMC has congratulated the Department on its stand in protecting the values of this unique area of public conservation land.
Federated Mountain Clubs commits to fight Routeburn tunnel and Snowdon-Mavora monorail
FMC today pledged $15,000 to the Save Fiordland campaign, which is preparing to take legal action should the Minister of Conservation grant concessions for either the Milford Dart tunnel, or Fiordland Experience monorail concession applications.
FMC President Robin McNeill said that it was critical that the Save Fiordland campaign succeeded and urged all New Zealanders to also donate as over $100,000 may be needed to take a judicial review.
FMC president Robin McNeill handing over a cheque to Daphne Taylor, chair of Save Fiordland, and Southland District Mayor, Frana Cardno.
Donations can be made via the Save Fiordland website, www.savefiordland.org.nz.
Shelter from the Storm, The Story of New Zealand’s Backcountry Huts details the remarkable history of our huts and profiles over 90 huts in individual chapters. Written by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint, the 364-page hardback book will be released in early October by Craig Potton Publishing. In several essays, covering farm, mining, deer-culling, tramping club, science, memorial, DOC, Lands and Survey, tourism and climbing huts, the authors explain the development of our backcountry hut network, one of the most extensive and diverse in the world. The FMC Mountain and Forest Trust supported publication of this book with a substantial $5,000 grant to offset the high production costs.
For a sneak preview of the book, go to the Shelter from the Storm Facebook page.
The book is available from FMC Books for $60 + $8 p&p (which includes the FMC Book discount of 25%). See the last page of the November Bulletin. Normal retail price is $79.99.
To coincide with this book launch, Craig Potton Publishing are also offering another book to FMC members at a discounted price – $39.99. Stag Spooner: Wild man from the bush – the story of a New Zealand hunter/artist by Chris Maclean. This can also be ordered through the above order form.
Clubs and member schools can buy this booklet through our Mail Order Form This booklet has been extensively rewritten to celebrate the original edition of 1937! It is in full colour, waterproofing and compact A5 size. It is an excellent booklet to give to any new member. UPDATE: SITM was recently reviewed in the NZ Deerstalkers Magazine – read the review here.
Thank you from the Kea Conservation Trust
The Kea Conservation Trust have thanked the Federated Mountain Clubs for sponsoring their 2012 Winter Advocacy Tour. A full report is available from the Kea Conservation Trust page.
FMC Supports River Fording Research
FMC supported veteran tramper and climber Brian Wilkins to trial a new method of river fording using modern, lightweight polypropylene ropes. Brian also waded through back-country literature into the vexed matter of fording (see the November 2011 FMC Bulletin). His full report is available here.
History of Huts
Hut enthusiast Bill Keir has recently been researching historic hut books, and collated his finding into an inventory, available as a pdf document here. In the introduction, Bill writes: ‘Back-country hut log books are valuable historical records. Several New Zealand archives hold significant collections of them, but archiving has been haphazard. Many are missing or lost through casual practices or accidental destruction. Sometimes the set of those of a particular hut is spread around separate archives. This inventory is intended to present the available information in a form that is useful to researchers.
FMC Travel Club
2013 trip dossiers are available on the Travel Club page.
Kea Conservation Trust
At the 80th Conference it was announced that FMC would be supporting the work of this trust. For more details go to the Kea Conservation Trust page.
New Tararua Map
At the 80th Conference in June Geographx released their new 3D Tararua Map/Poster. For more details and how to buy it go to our Maps page .
2012 Annual Report, Accounts and Budget
These will be mailed to clubs and available on the website soon.
Latest Club Newsletter
This is on the Advocacy page .
Executive Meeting Minutes
The minutes of Executive meetings are available here.