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Check your tramping equipment now, November 2009 (140kb)
With summer round the corner, now is the time to check the condition of your tramping and camping equipment – before you need to use it.

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PDF-ICON Recent deaths in the Tararua Ranges, September 2009 (141kb)
The recent deaths in the Tararua Ranges have sparked a number of inquiries as to what lessons can be learnt from this tragic incident. This download contains lessons that trampers should know and adhere to already, but it is a timely reminder to all. The Tramper’s Code is included for your information please use this as a guide for your future trips.
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PDF-ICON Bush Advisory-Lack of preparation potentially fatal for tramper, August 2009 (131kb)
The Mountain Safety Council and LandSAR are disappointed that a 59-year-old Hastings man had to rescued for a second time from the same area in less than a month. Mountain Safety Council Programme Manager Outdoor Leader & Bush, Chris Tews, said the man was ill-equipped and under-prepared to be in tramping above the bush line in conditions of snow and extreme cold and could have died.
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Serious About Safety - Southland Times Article, July 2009 (132kb)
An Australian skier killed in an avalanche near Methven last week has highlighted the risks faced by those venturing into New Zealand’s back country. In a timely coincidence, Queenstown reporter MARK HOTTON began an avalanche awareness course the same day.

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PDF-ICON Second Avalanche warning following recent deaths, Aug 2009 (161kb)
For the second time in 2 weeks, rescue services have been called out to attend large avalanche events triggered by casual backcountry users.
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PDF-ICON Mountain Safety Council Praises trampers for sound preparation, July 2009 (173kb)
The Mountain Safety Council has praised a couple tramping in the Tararua Ranges for their sound preparation and decision-making.               
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PDF-ICON Avalanche Advisory, July 2009 (158kb)
After a long period of fine weather and relatively stable snowpack conditions, the weather has turned to a westerly pattern. This has transported significant amounts of snow in the Southern Alps forming slab avalanche conditions. Yesterday in Otago and today on a more widespread basis natural and human triggered events have release large avalanches that have run to valley floors. Reports of crown walls up to 3 metres in depth have been observed in the Mackenzie, in Mt. Cook village and at ski areas in the south island.
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Mountain Safety Council expresses condolences, July 2009 (145kb)
New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Executive Director Darryl Carpenter expressed his condolences at the loss of Chief Executive of Te Papa, Dr Seddon Bennington and tramping companion Marcella Jackson in the Tararua Ranges this week.

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PDF-ICON Volunteer Week 2009, June 7-14th 2009 (149kb)
Volunteer week provides an ideal opportunity for organisations to express thanks for the huge commitment of time, energy and passion that volunteers provide. The New Zealand Mountain Safely Council is such an organisation.
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PDF-ICON Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Recreation Council Welcomed, May 2009 (142kb)
Chief Executive of the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Darryl Carpenter has welcomed the establishment of The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Recreation Council.
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PDF-ICON Avalanche Advisory, May 2009 (154kb)
Recent significant weather cycles have deposited large amounts of snow in the South Island and Taranaki. This snowfall is a-typical for this time of year.
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PDF-ICON Firearms Safety in New Zealand, May 2009 (161kb)
The recent tragic event in Napier where a gunman has misused his firearms has provoked questions about gun ownership in New Zealand.
 

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