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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 7, No. 5 June 21, 1944

Tramping Club Revives

Tramping Club Revives

Enthuaiasts who have been disappointed at the small number of tramping trips which have been organised this year will be glad to hear that a complete syllabus for the coming term has been drafted, and copies will be available to all who are interested. It is obvious that there are a large number of trampers in the College who do not tramp with the club. This may be because they find the company uncongenial: for this they cannot be blamed, but the club is what its members make it, and come years ago we had a reputation for enterprise and courtesy, with some good trips to our credit every year.

King's Birthday: Moonlight and snow.—The trip did not run to schedule, due to the fact that most of the party were unable to get on the train. As we were to do a cone crossing from Otaki, we started from Kaitoke on Friday evening, staying the night at Dobson's bivvy. Saturday was a long day—Dobson's to Kime—but the weather was fine and spirits high. The last three hours of the trip were done by moonlight across the snow-covered tops with the lights of seven towns mocking us from the Manawatu and Wairarapa plains. We arrived at Kime about 10 p.m., where we were greeted with varying enthusiasm by those who had been more lucky with the railways. Roger Chorlton made us a stew, but Jim Wittenhannah found it more amusing to refuse to open the door, and then to throw a bucketful of snow over six people who were trying to sleep. Sunday and Monday were poor and we had no option but to go home. Most of us Went back by Otaki, but Jim and Jacko braved the elements and ran over to Kaitoke.

Midge McLaughlin, the [unclear: p] leader, [unclear: did] a good Job of organisation and future leaders should take note.