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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 3. April 13, 1946

Trampers Take Long Easy Route to Mt. Wainui

Trampers Take Long Easy Route to Mt. Wainui

A baker's dozen of variously attired trampers assembled at the Wellington railway station on Sunday, 24th, intent on catching the Paekakariki train. A short distance along the road brought them to the turn-off, where the campaign of attack was discussed. To do the short steep route slowly or the long, easy route quickly—that was the question. At last the momentous decision was taken—they took the long way slowly. After a short 21-hour geology discourse they reached the summit of this truly awe-inspiring peak. The view was certainly worth climbing to see. Egmont and Ruapehu in the north, Tapuaenuku in the south and all the major Tararua peaks were revealed to them. Some of the more primitive among the party showed their inheritance of anthropoidian tendencies by gymnastics on the trig while ostensibly in search of a better view. The party then split up, the more enthusiastic pioneering a new and faster route, while the rest set out the way they had come. Unfortunately these too, owing to unforeseen circumstances, tried a new way down. The road was reached some hours later and despite thumbing and winning feminine smiles they had to walk to the station. The tired and weary party dissolved on the station intent on the one thing dear to all trampers—Food.

Camera Club

The first meeting of the year is called for April 8. Business is election of, officers, followed by a talk by Geoff Perry on "Portraiture."

Every owner of a camera is urged to join up. Film will be in greater supply this year, and new cameras will start coming on to the market in about six months.

The Camera Club will give you that extra lift that raises your shots out of the snapshot class into the exhibition group.

VUC Swords Club

At the annual general meeting of the VUC Swords Club the following officers were elected:—
  • Club Captain: Pix Hurrell.
  • Vice-Captain: Stewart Cathie.
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Graham McArley.
  • Committee: Miss B. M. Adams. Peter Hampton and Ray Sutherland.

Mr. Norman Dickson was elected a life member of the club in recognition of his sterling services in setting the club on its feet and in appreciation of his services as honorary instructor.

Over thirty attended the meeting, including twenty prospective new members. An exhibition bout was staged for the benefit of the newcomers, to give them some idea of the sport, and to disillusion those who thought that they were in for an easy time.

Owing to a shortage of equipment, both new and second-hand, the club will unfortunately have to limit membership until further supplies come to hand.

However, despair not, you would-be swordsmen, further supplies are on the way. The Gym. may yet see the day when it will quake to the rhythm of "parry quatre, riposte, parry six, straight attack," expounded by a hundred exponents of the art.