By all accounts the annual OUTC Bushball was a great success. A huge deal of thanks has to go to Milly and JJ who did the majority of the organizing and put in some massive hours in the lead up to the event. A big thank you also has to go to all the people that helped out over the weekend and on the cooking night: Tim, Penzy, Tiff, Alexis, Jake, Joe, Jaz, Nick, Peter, Laura, Meg, Tom, Alex, Anna, Henry, Mette, Lauren, Anton, Imogen, Danny, Lochiel, Sarah, Margaret, Max and Michael. (Apologies if I have forgotten anyone). There are one or two photos from the weekend below.
Upcoming events to remember are
Snowcraft: Theory night: 19 August at 6:30pm, on campus
Practical weekend: 23-25 August (leaving 5:30pm and returning circa 9:00pm)
Practical location: The Remarkables
Cost: TBA, but no more than $85. More exact pricing is dependent on people number and transportation. It also depends on if we choose to have dinner in Q-town versus making the meal ourselves
Bushcraft: Learn essential bush survival skills.
Things you’ll learn:
- Route planning
- Map reading and Navigation
- What gear to take
- Some simple first aid (I’m not a qualified instructor so it will be very
- What to do if you do get lost
- Some useful knots
- Fire lighting skills
Date: 7-8th Sept
Cost: approx $50
See you out there
Photo credit: Lochiel McKellar
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Hope you all had a good midyear break and managed to get some tramping or skiing in (photos from a few members travels below).
Upcoming events to note are
- Clubs day on Thursday (11th July) from 10am-4pm. If you are looking to join the club come down and have a yarn to us.
- Bushball info evening, 16th July 530pm, Church Bar on Dundas St
- BUSHBALL ($85), 27th-28th July
- Snow Craft, 24th-25th August, learn some basic mountaineering skills for safe travel in the mountains (cost TBA via email – probably around $80-$85)
- Bush Craft, learn some navigation and bush survival skills (date/cost TBA via email)
- Port Craig Trip (date/cost TBA via email)
- Tramping Club Happy Hour every Tuesday at 6pm at the Church Bar on Dundas St
Otherwise meetings resume as usual, Tuesdays 5-6pm, and Fridays 1230-130, in the Otago room of the Clubs and Societies building on Albany st
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Three OUTC teams made the journey up to Christchurch over the weekend to compete in CUTC’s annual 24 hour orienteering event, TWALK. It involved some pretty good costumes (See below) and a pretty good weekend for all those involved. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to beat CUTC this year, but our fastest team wasn’t far behind, and out of 65 entered teams, we were pretty near the top. Results, OUTC team ‘to be confirmed’ Josh Brinkmann, Joe Vincent, Abigail Bishop, Julia Loman, Claire de Hauteclocque. Came 9th overall, and second in the student section. OUTC team ‘Where’s fast-ish Wally’ came 10th overall, and third in the student section. OUTC team ‘three little pigs’ made up of Rowan Cox, Jamie Gardner, Neville Thorn came 13th overall and 5th in the student section.
A big thanks to Joe Vincent, OUTC Vice President, for organising the OUTC teams
All below photos credited to Amy Lynn Sesar
Thomas Mckellar from ‘Where’s fast-ish Wally’ doing a bit of map checking
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It was awesome to hear all of the stories from a number of members this week about the weekend trips to Fiordland. Though not all of you managed to make it to the peak or pass you were aiming for, mainly due to the weather, all of you sounded like you had a pretty good time and made it back largely unscathed. Two photos below showing the best and worst of the weekend weather.
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Ropes Theory & Practice
Hello members – Rock climbers, or aspiring climbers, will be interested to know that the OUTC owns climbing ropes (new!), harnesses, and some gear (e.g. cams). However, if you wish to check-out such items from the gear room we first want to make sure that you know how to handle yourself and the rope appropriately, especially since it will be a lifeline for various members. Therefore we are holding a theory night and a practical in the coming week/weekend; if you want to check-out the rope, you must attend one or both events, depending on your experience:
1. Current climbers: you must attend the theory night and then talk to the training officer or appointed training helpers so that your knowledge/experience can be gauged. If we deem your skills trustworthy, you will be allowed to check-out therope(s) without attending the practical.
2. New climbers: you must attend both the theory night and the practical.
Theory night (Monday, 04 March @ lecture theatre Burns 2 @ 7:00 pm): this night is intended to introduce you to the basics of rock climbing, rope handling and the necessary gear. We will show pictures or give demonstrations of essential knots and climbing methods, including anchor and gear use. We will also stress the importance of taking care of the rope.
Climbing practical (Saturday, 09 March @ TBA @ TBA ¾ of the day): we will get you onto some rock and put a rope in your hand/through your harness. The venue is not yet sorted, but the options are Long Beach (a Dunedin favourite), a training wall at Logan Park, or a wall in Port Chalmers.
Because we only have two climbing ropes, we have to limit the group to 20 people on the practical day to ensure climbers get enough time practicing. I encourage everyone interested to attend the theory night, of course.
Wednesday 20th Feb- Clubs and Societies Day – 9am -4pm Come and join the club again! $30 gets you free gear hire, hut discounts and more!
Friday 22nd Feb - First tramping club meeting- 12.30-1.30pm, Otago Room, Clubs
and Societies building
Tues 26th Feb- Second Tramping Club meeting- 5-6pm, Otago Room, Clubs and
Socs Building (Meetings will continue every Tuesday and Friday until end of
Tues 26th Feb - Paradise pre-meet- 7pm, Burns 2 Lecture Theatre. Paradise is our first club trip of the year, to the Routeburn region. You must go to this meeting to get a place on the trip.
Fri 1st March (evening)- Sun 3rd March (evening) - Paradise weekend. An awesome weekend away in Paradise (yes this is the actual name of the place!). Go on a day trip on Saturday, return to camp for a cooking competition and late night festivities. Wake up not very early Sunday and swim in beautiful Lake Sylvan before heading back to Dunedin. Must attend Pre-meet on Tuesday.*
Tues 5th March – Rock Climbing/Ropes Theory 7pm (Venue TBC)*
Sat 9th March – Rock Climbing/Ropes Practice (Time/Venue TBC)*
Sat 9th March – Trip Leader Training (Time/Venue TBC)*
Sun 10th March- Rivercrossing Course- 10.30- 2.00pm Taieri River at Outram Glen. Meet 10.30 am Outside Clubs and Socs, Free. Must attend to go to Fiordland.
Thurs 7th March - Bivouac Outdoor OUTC gear buy night- 6.00-9.00pm Massive discounts on lots of tramping stuff. Meet at Bivouac Outdoor on George St (Just north of the Octagon), and make sure to bring your membership card.
Tues 12th March - Fiordland Tramp Pre-meet- 7.00pm, Burns 2 Lecture Theatre. You must go to this if you want to come on our typically awesome Fiordland tramp.
Fri 15th March evening- Sun 17th March- Fiordland weekend tramp- Amazing and often challenging weekend tramp somewhere in the northern part of stunning Fiordland National Park, centred on Milford Sound. See glaciers, mountain parrots (kea) and stunning bush. Trips to suit all experience levels. Must attend the pre-meet on Tuesday.*
Silverpeaks date to be confirmed (DTBC)*
*More information concerning the above dates will be communicated via email closer to the time.
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The OUTC’s annual Snowcraft course is the weekend after next at Awakino Skifield.
This course is a beginner course aimed to get you from the bush up into the snow, using axe and crampons, and to be confident in snow and ice terrain. It’s intended to train you for transalpine tramping and beginner mountaineering, and will allow you to vastly expand your horizons. Don’t expect to be able to climb Cook but do expect to learn a lot of valuable skills that will build your outdoor experience.
The course will cost approximately $100 (TBC) which covers transport, accomodation, most food as well as gear and tuition from experienced instructors.
Please email me (email@example.com) to express interest but I’d like to meet you in person to discuss suitablity beforehand. Numbers are limited and we try to offer the course to people who will get the most value from the course – the keener you are the better.
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