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

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.


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: Pack rafts have become popular but we went down river old way with two ride-ons and one Canadian canoe. We were accompanied some of the way, however, by a pack rafter. Also walked round to Big Bay. One huge storm while on McKerrow Island, but mostly wonderful weather. .

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 - OTMC Five Pass Trip 2018 (Direction 1)

April 19 - OTMC Tribute to Doug Forrester - An illustrated night of Doug's tramping trips with the OTMC

April 26 - To be advised

May 3 - To be advised

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

May 17 - OTMC Five Pass Trip 2018 (Direction 2)