When planning to join us on a tramp
Please take note of the information on the Upcoming Trips page – where the tramp is going, the date, the time and place for meeting up, the cost for carpooling, and the trip leader’s details.
Call or message the trip leader beforehand. If you are not yet a Club member, please don’t be offended if she/he asks you to complete at least two Light tramps before doing a Medium one.
Trip leaders have the authority to exclude participants who are not suitable for a trip.
Guidelines on what to bring on a day tramp
Day pack, modest sized, with a plastic pack liner or plastic bags
Hiking boots or shoes
Waterproof over trousers
Hat (for shade) and/or a beanie (for warmth)
Shorts or trousers (active wear, quick drying)
T-shirt or shirt (active wear, quick drying)
Thermal top (fleece, merino, or polypropylene)
Hiking pole or poles (optional)
Small first aid kit, including any personal meds
Survival blanket or bivy sack
Toilet paper (in plastic bag)
Small bottle of hand sanitiser
Sun block (optional)
Head torch (and spare batteries)
Water, sufficient for a day
Basic food supply, snacks, scroggin for the day
Extra snack bars or scroggin for an emergency
Hot drink (optional).
Further useful information
Take a small bag of warm/dry clothes to leave in the car or van. Nice to change into after a cold wet day.
Take a large re-useable bag for bringing home wet and dirty boots and clothes.
At least one member of each tramping party should carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB). The Club has one which members can borrow, and some members now have their own. Ask who has one in your group. It is important to remember: cell phone coverage does not exist or cannot be relied on in many NZ bush areas.
We never leave food scraps in the bush. Banana peel, apple cores, egg shells, and of course all plastic wrappers are carried out and disposed of at home
We strongly advise people not to wear cotton clothing while tramping. If it gets wet (from rain, rivers or just heavy sweating), it takes a long time to dry and it contributes to hyperthermia.
When you start tramping often, don’t get complacent. Inspect your pack regularly. Make sure you are carrying the basics.
How we grade our day tramps
The following times are a guide only, as weather and ground conditions can make trips more difficult. And these times do not include travel to and from the start of a tramp.
Light: Up to four hours. Over marked or defined tracks. Suitable for less experienced trampers.
Light Plus: Up to six hours. Over marked or defined tracks. Varying gradients. Possible stream crossings or other challenges.
Medium: Up to six hours. Not necessarily on marked or defined tracks. May involve steep gradients. Possible stream- or bush-bashing.
Medium Plus: Six hours and over. For experienced trampers. Not necessarily defined tracks or markers. Most available time will be spent tramping.
Weekend or multiday tramps
These tramps are usually planned many weeks in advance and they are first communicated to members through Ngatira, the Club’s monthly e-newsletter, and at the Club’s monthly meetings.
If there are a limited number of places available, Club members will always get first priority. Non-members can ask to join these trips and may be accepted if there is room. The best option – join the Club!
See Equipment Guide for what to bring and useful tips on weekend or multiday trips
What if we are late returning from a tramp?
We should all tell a close family member or friend where we are going and who we will be tramping with.
But the length of tramps, and return times, are approximate. Be wary of setting definite return times or making post-tramp appointments.
In the event of your non-arrival home after a tramping trip, we advise:
That you contact family or friends as soon as you return to an area with cell phone coverage
If you do not or cannot contact home, your family should wait two hours after sunset and then phone one of the Club members below:
Dave Wilkins Home Ph (09) 299-9346, Mobile 021-185-7903
Geoff Glover Home Ph (09) 299-6136, Mobile 021-456-837
Roger Kelly Mobile 021-780-895
Trip participants are reminded that certain risks exist with tramping and outdoor activities. Trip leaders and Club officers will use their experience to provide advice to participants about safe practices in the outdoors. But these people are unpaid volunteers and they are human – like everyone else – and participants in Club trips are ultimately responsible for their own safety.