OTMC Bushcraft 2017
February 2017 sees the return of the OTMC Bushcraft course. Our bushcraft / tramping skills course is suitable for people just starting out tramping to those that have done several trips and want to brush up on some tramping skills.
This years course consists of four evening meetings in our clubrooms, followed by a weekend tramp into the local Silver Peaks area, located north of Dunedin city. A day of map and compass instruction is also included, as well as a river safety day.
The first evening for Bushcraft 2017 is on February 14 (Tuesday evening) and will cover tramping clothing, footwear and equipment. The second evening (February 21) will introduce map, compass and navigation, as well as covering weather signs and environmental care.
The map and compass day is on Sunday, February 26 and will be held on Flagstaff . A short refresh before starting will be followed by a practical exercise around a set of markers, with the opportunity to use both map and compass skills to locate them. Tramping clothing and footwear suitable for off-track travel will be required.
The third evening (February 28) will have a look at food for trampers (what to take, how to travel light etc.) as well as consider ways to cook in the hills (stoves and cookers).
The final evening (March 7) will concentrate on planning the weekend trip to the Silver Peaks, covering all the things you need to think about when planning any trip. This evening will also discuss options for trampers in Dunedin, as well as outline the benefits of joing the OTMC.
The weekend trip to the Silver Peaks is on March 11-12, leaving Dunedin at 8am on the Saturday morning. Participants will be split into parties of 4-5 people, each with an experienced OTMC leader. The purpose of the weekend is to put into practise the skills we have covered at the evening meetings. This includes route-finding using map and compass, pitching tents or flies, and using portable cookers. (the Silver Peaks consists of tracks of varying degrees of condition (sometimes no track) and includes some steep sections - typical tramping time for this trip is 5-7 hours per day).
River safety and river-crossing skills are amongst the most important skills a tramper needs. Unfortunately there is no suitable location within the Silver Peaks to practise this essential skill, so a further day (March 5) will be held at the Taieri River from Outram Glen to introduce and practise river crossing.
The format of the course is adaptable, so if there is something we are not covering that you would like to see, please let us know and we will include it.
To register for the course, please fill out the application form (available below), and either email to us, post, or bring to the first night (payment can be made on February 14).