Joining the Club

How can I join?

Join at any club drop in time, Friday from 12.30-1.30, or Tuesday 5.00-6.00 Tramping Club Gear room, Clubs and Socs. (ask at reception if you cannot find this room) (No drop in times during exams or university holidays).

How much is membership and what do I get?

Membership is $20 for the whole year, or $15 for one semester. This pays for free gear hire, a copy of our yearbook Antics and 15% off at our sponsor gear shop, Bivouac Outdoor (near the Octagon end of George St). From time to time the OUTC exec will also donate a small proportion of this membership fee to projects that will enhance the facilities or the environment that we are so lucky to tramp in.

How often are there trips?

The club is aimed at facilitating tramping, rather than organising trips for you to go on, we do this in a number of ways:

  • By giving you access to the club email list, where individuals from the club can organise a trip away and then invite other club members to join them, via the email list. There is usually a trip happening every weekend. Every club member is allowed to send emails to this list.
  • By allowing the use of club gear, free of charge (a cash deposit is required however).  The club does not lend out personal items such as sleeping bags, raincoats and boots, but does have other gear such as cookers, PLBs, crampons, ice axes and etc.
  • By giving you contact with other experienced trampers (through club drop in times, happy hour, and the email list) who may be able to give you advise on certain trips/areas and skills.

However there are number of club organised trips during the including (but not limited to) Paradise, Fiordland and Bushball.

How fit do you need to be to go tramping?

There are trips to suit all fitness levels.  If you are unsure how hard a trip will be, come and talk to someone who is more experienced, either at happy hour or the club drop in times.

What will I need?

For every trip, you’ll need some of your own equipment: walking boots, a pack (65l or more), a sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, and warm clothing (no cotton). We don’t have any of this for hire, but sleeping bags and packs can be rented from Unipol at the Forsyth Barr stadium near campus and boots can be rented from R’n’R Sport. A link to a thorough gear list can be found on the right of this page.

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