Trampers dropping into Siberia Valley

Thursday Night Meetings

The OTMC hold an evening meeting most Thursdays (see below for upcoming programme). Anyone with an interest in tramping or the outdoors are more than welcome to come along and find out what the club can offer. The door is open at 7.30pm and the meeting proper starts at 8pm. A structured programme normally follows some short club announcements. The programme often features a guest speaker talking about a tramping or outdoor related topic. Occasionally we hold training nights on various tramping subject. Members and other are able to bring along photos etc. or recent trips to our regular BYO (photos) nights,

If you are interested in finding out more about the tramping club and tramping in our area then the club nights are often the best way to do so. You can sign up for weekend trips, or talk to leaders for the upcoming day trips.

We are fortunate to own our own clubrooms which allows us to display a comprehensive map and photo collection on our walls.

Our clubrooms are located at 3 Young Street, St Kilda. Young Street runs off Prince Albert Road, the main road through South Dunedin leading to the beach. Our clubrooms is identified by a large sign and are just behind the corner diary.

Upcoming Social Programme

November 16 - First Aid: A representative from the Red Cross will be talking to us about the importance of having First Aid knowledge, performing an Primary Assessment and how this may help at a time when you don't know what to do of how sick / injured the person is.

November 23 - Project Kereru - (visit the bird rescue aviary in Green Island): We all enjoy seeing Kereru (Wood Pigeons) in our gardens so come along and learn about what trees and shrubs are favourites of the Kereru, why trapping pests is important and what we can do to ensure we continue to see Kereru in our gardens. We will be visiting the Kereru aviary, which is not open to the public, where injured Kereru are looked after until they are well enough to be released. If the weather is unsuitable this night will be a BYO, and the aviary visit will be on December 7.

November 30 - Haast to Milford - Trevor Pullar: Hear how five club members in 1968-69 travelled down the coast route south of Haast crossing the mighty Cascade River to Barn Bay and beyond to the Kaipo Valley and then Milford Sound via the John O'Groats valley. See how they coped with the hordes of sand-flies and baked real bread rolls at Big Bay.

December 7 - BYO or Back up for Project Kereru: (If the weather is not suitable on 23 November for a visit to the Kereru aviary we will swap with a BYO). We’d love to see your photos of recent tramping trips. Please bring them along on a USB to show at club.

December 14 - BBQ at Woodhaugh: A fitting end to the OTMC Thursday night programme is a relaxed BBQ at Woodhaugh from 6.30pm. Bring your own food to cook on the Woodhaugh BBQ’s and a chair or blanket to sit on. Family (including children) are most welcome.

2018

January 18, 2018 - First night back for 2018 - Informal BYO Photos: Welcome to the 2018 tramping year and this will be an informal night to meet and discuss upcoming tramping trips. There will also be an opportunity to show any photos from your Christmas tramping trips.

January 25 - Philip Somerville - Boating down the Hollyford to Martins Bay: An adventure with a difference including an excursion up Barrier Knob.

February 1 - To be advised

February 8 - Tomas Sobek - Introduction to physics of walking, with a focus on walking downhill. Tomas loves walking downhill. It’s so much easier than slogging up, right? Knee problems aside, there is one other issue though: Have you ever landed on your bum when walking down on a slippery track? Even if it's happening regularly, there might be an easy fix: When walking downhill, lean forward. Come along to learn why, and dust off some simple primary school physics at the same time.

February 15 - Sue Williams - Australian Tramping (Hiking) Part 2:

February 22 - Ross Davies: The 1970's - The Revolutionary Years: The 1970s were years of radical change on many fronts, and tramping and mountaineering were definitely part of that. A lot changed, including equipment and clothing, food, our relationship with the environment, transportation, climbing techniques … the list goes on. Ross joined the club in 1970 and will share what he can remember of those years.

March 1 - Michael Stott - Te Araroa Trail (Part 1):

March 8 - Ian Thorne - DoC Ranger on Fiordland Island

March 15 - Neville Peat - The Sub-Antarctic Islands and Macquarie Island:

March 22 - Sharen Rutherford, Summiting Mt Kinabula in Sabah, Malaysia: Sharen will be spending three weeks in Borneo in February 2018 and while there will be doing some day walks around Mt Santubong and within the Bako National Park. The highlight of the trip will be walking to the summit of Mt Kinabula in Sabah, Malaysia.

March 29 - Easter (no club night)

April 5 - David and Penny McArthur - The Family Tramping Group

April 12 - Maybe 5 Passes 2018 (Direction 1)

April 19 - To be advised

April 26 - To be advised

May 3 - To be advised

May 10 - David Barnes - Tramping with the OTMC (1980's to Recent Times)