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Astrophotography & Skiing Social

Join members for a social weekend of skiing and night sky photography. Spring in New Zealand is a fabulous time to photograph the milky way. And where better to do it than on top of a mountain, far from the light pollution of the city.

Professional instruction will NOT be provided, however over dinner on Saturday night we will gather to share tips and tricks for astrophotography before heading out into the night.

The Plan:

Friday – travel to Mt Ruapehu at your leisure. Hike into Ruapehu Hut – on Delta Ridge above the ski field at Whakapapa. Crampons and ice axe required for hut access.

Saturday - Social skiing followed by a shared dinner at the hut around 6pm. Astrophotography after sunset.

Sunday - Social skiing or a walk to summit plateau.

Minimum gear requirements:

  • Crampons and ice axe

  • Full mountain clothing suitable for winter conditions on Ruapehu (please contact the trip facilitator if you are unsure what to bring, not having suitable clothing or equipment may prevent you from participating on the trip)

  • Sleeping bag (3 Seasons, approximately 550 – 750gms down fill or synthetic equivalent will suffice)

  • Headtorch

  • Camera and Tripod

Register for the trip here, and the course coordinator will be in touch.

Earlier Event: 27 September
Girdlestone/Tahurangi Mt Ruapehu
Later Event: 4 October
Alpine Club Ski Touring Meet 2019