Adventures in the Wilderness


Mt Grey


Once again Elya lead a team for the Peak Challenge, thanks so much!

It was the second time a group has climbed Mt Grey – this time they truly made it to the top. Thankfully good weather assisted their ascent rather than hinder them. Anyone remember the climb in 2011?


So this is our excuse from 2011, it was REALLY wet, really really wet. We were close enough to the top. It would have been worth the few metres to get a great photo, but we cannot all be this photogenic!


Team Godley Head Made It!

Thats right, we all made it to the top – Thomas walked all the way!

It was a real treat to have the Tomkinson’s along with us – thanks.IMG_6706 IMG_6680 IMG_6683 IMG_6685 IMG_6703 IMG_6696 IMG_6689

Waitangi Day – Peak Challenge – Two days time!

Are you ready?

Not too sure if we are. I’m still gathering sponsorship for Josh – I’m sure he will walk some of the track to Godley Head. Blair has done a good job with Thomas’ tally. I’m sure Thomas will be well old enough to ask people next year – those attending Sunday@7 St Johns will be relieved!

If there is anyone else who would like to join our team up Godley Head on Wednesday, you are very welcome. It will be a fun easy walk for families, meeting at 9.30 at Taylors Mistake carpark. The forecast is pleasant for a picnic and the track has recently been re-opened. We hope to see you there!


Peak Challenge

In 23 days groups will be climbing a peak to raise money for the Wide Open Spaces Trust.

Time to bag your peaks! I’m currently pondering if we should give ourselves a challenge, or go a bit easy on the boys (one of which will be using his own legs this time round). What do you think?


Guide Training Tramp

The first week of January was a pretty wild one – our guides found this out first hand. They were not the only mad ones out there, and the weather proved good experience.

Gales, rain, more rain and a bit more rain sure tested the tents out!

Here are a few pictures.










Content and Counselling Weekend

Guide Training

The chubbiest one is not guiding this year – he needs to get a bit taller first!

Guide Training

Guide training for this new season officially begins today.

Its going to be a great weekend away with a fantastic group of people. We are so grateful for the provision of Thomas and Zach to help out during the weekend, and for the holiday home we have been provided with so generously.

Please be praying that we all come away with a fresh new understanding of Christ.

Photos to come!

Coming up. . .

A student on one of our trips this year wrote “Something God really taught me on the trip was to act as salt and light to all the earth. To go forth and multiply God’s love.”

Another wrote “Something I learned about ‘community’ from this experience is they are best grown in intensive environments, close quarters, and through good conversations.”

Please be praying that the students on trips in January and throughout next year will grow in their relationship with Christ is such a pure and real way. Separation from the stresses and continual bombardment of everyday life truly helps this happen.


Strange title for a post on this website, but shelves are important for storing gear!

We have recently been bought a huge set of shelves so that our garage can become a bit more organised.

They do look a little messy right now, but its a work in progress. On shifting things around, I have found it really amazing how much gear has been gathered over the past few years. God has just provided whenever we have needed. He is truly good and allows us to see His goodness in so many different ways.

Thanks so much for the family who not only found these shelves online, but paid for them and helped put them up! Its a real blessing.

What a Spot!

We have just been offered a new holiday home at Castle Hill Village to run our guide training in – it is going to be awesome!

For the last few years we have had it on the edges of Lake Ellesmere, but that house was not available this year and we were thinking ‘how can we find a place as good?’

God always has the answer.