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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 4, No. 1 March 12, 1941

Varsity Trampers in the Southern Alps

Varsity Trampers in the Southern Alps

A first traverse from Mt. Murchison to Mt. Davie and high camps at Dognott Tarn, Rice and Raisin Glacier and Harman Pass, and an interlude in the Westland bush of the Taipo, were highlights of the Tramping Club Xmas trip.

We climbed from a base camp at the confluence of the White River with the Waimakariri, near the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. There were sixteen of us—eleven men and two women from Victoria and three women from Otago.

Packhorses carried our food in to the base camp. Consequently our rations were liberal to the envy of other trampers in the valley. Our blancmanges were simply Devine. Rex baked bread and scones—hence the tale of a camp oven.

A Toheroa party was also camped at Carrington—and so the tale of a rope. A major discovery on Mt. [unclear: Isobel] was the epic of J. D. Pascoe and wife Dorothy in brackets. We owe a lot to the amiable squire of Carrington.

Our party was so active that it might have been accused of "peak bagging." Every one of us Got at a mountain. But we had our "saloobs" too. A party of the boys trotted out over the three passes to the Red Lion Hotel, Hokitika.

Dance at Makara for Pte. Hawkins and Hind.—Advertisement in Karori shop window.