OTMC Bushcraft Course - Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve

OTMC Bushcraft Course 2020

Application Form (PDF)  I  Application Form (Microsoft Word)

After a break in 2019, our Bushcraft course is returning in February 2020. The OTMC Bushcraft course for 2020 starts on Tuesday evening, February 18. This popular course is a great way to learn the basic tramping skills suitable for New Zealand – it is also a good way to brush up on your tramping skills.

The course format will be the same as recent years, and will include four evening sessions in our clubrooms, a navigation day on Flagstaff and a river safety day. The course itself will culminate in a trip to the Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve – this can be either a Saturday or Sunday day trip, or an overnight experience. In 2020 we are offering an additional weekend trip, at additional cost. This is headed to the East Matukituki Valley on March 28-29, a spectacular destination for beginner trampers and often overlooked due to the popularity of the adjacent West Matukituki. This doubles as a normal OTMC weekend trip.

Topics to be covered include clothing, footwear, weather, food, equipment and trip preparation. Evening two and the navigation day will focus both on map reading and compass use.

The course cost is $40 per person (transport for the navigation day, river safety day and Silver Peaks will be by car-pooling (costs paid to the driver), and food for the Silver Peaks is additional). A copy of FMC’s ‘Safety in the Mountains’ is also included, and all participants will be members of the OTMC for the duration of the course. Following completion of the course, the club will be offering a 50% discount for the first year’s membership to the OTMC (conditions apply).

Dates and items to be covered:

  • February 18 (Tuesday, 7pm): Introductory evening (includes clothing, footwear and equipment)
  • February 25 (Tuesday, 7pm): Navigation (maps and compass - theory)
  • March 1 (Sunday, 9am): Navigation - Practical exercise on Flagstaff (4-5 hours walking involved)
  • March 3 (Tuesday, 7pm): Food for tramping, cookers& portable stoves, mountain weather
  • March 8 (Sunday, 9am): River Safety Day (practical rivercrossing) clubrooms and Outram Glen
  • March 10 (Tuesday, 9am): Environmental Care, Trip Planning, OTMC History
  • March 14-15 (Saturday 8am): Silver Peaks Practical Overnight Tramp (if there is enough interest we will also run a Saturday trip and a Sunday trip for those who can't undertake the overnight option)
  • March 28-29 (Friday, 6pm): Optional weekend trip to the East Matukituki River - options to further practice map reading, river crossing and overnight camping skills - additional cost

Bushcraft 2020 Application Form

To apply for Bushcraft 2020, download an application from these links:

Application Form (PDF)  I  Application Form (Microsoft Word)