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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 1 March 28, 1944

Tramping

Tramping

The tramping club has a floating membership of about thirty active members, the average attendance on a week-end tramp being from ten to fifteen. Week-end tramps are run every fortnight, and Sunday tramps are frequently arranged in the intervening week-ends.

Tramps vary from the simplest stooge designed for all to very strenuous trips recommended for the fit. The food is always more than satisfactory. Campfire singing is a speciality. Trips are run to the hills round Wellington—the Orongorongos and the Tararuas, or ten-day skiing trip, formerly to the Every August the club arranges a week Chateau, but now to Arthur's Pass. Every Christmas, manpower permitting, there is a climbing trip to the Southern Alps. Last year the manpower regulations made it necessary for the Christmas trip to take place in November, just after exams. The club visited the Cobb Valley in Nelson, and returned singing its praises.

The tramping club has only one fault: there are not enough women. Whether this is because women fear the exertion or because they fear that male trampers are not gentlemen it is hard to say. Their fears are unfounded on both counts. Let us hope that in 1944 the shops of Wellington will be besieged by young female Varsity, students clamouring for new boots and a pack. And where the women are there will the men be also.