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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 7, No. 3. May 3, 1944

Another Southern Crossing

Another Southern Crossing

When several members of the V.U.C. Tramping Club had announced their intention of going to Totara Flats last Easter, it was not surprising that they finished up in Otaki. Unlike the Tararua T.C., which keeps to its timetable, the Varsity Club believes in a certain fluidity in its arrangements. As a matter of fact, the five half-drowned trampers that turned up in Tauhere-nikau Hut late that Thursday night did intend to go to Totara Flats. But it was decided that the Waiohino River would be too high to cross, so instead they slogged it through the mud, a strong northerly and driving rain, up to Alpha Hut, which they reached about three-quarters-drowned. However, the fine welcome given them by Messrs. Bradstock and Young soon revived them, and, when it dawned fine and moderately clear the next morning, they were in a fit state to continue the crossing. When the mist blew away, even Alec McLeod, who has crossed umpteen times before, admitted that he had seldom seen better weather on the tops. Lunch on Mt. Atkinson, in bright sunshine, with the deer roaring in the valleys, was extremely pleasant, and although there was mist on the top of Hector, the rest of the trip to Field's went according to plan. The next day brought more rough weather, so they stayed in the hut and ate, slept, and played cards. However, Monday was a beautiful, sunny day, and after admiring the bulk of Mt. Crawford, they all scrambled down to the Forks, and walked the long, weary miles to Otaki.