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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 11, No. 11, September 22nd, 1948

Xmas Vacation Tramping Trips

Xmas Vacation Tramping Trips

The Tramping Club's programme for the Christmas vacation will include two, and possibly three, separate trips of some ten days' duration each.

The first one, which will cover the actual Christmas period, will be an eight-day working party to the Tauherenikau Valley for the purpose of completing (we hope) the Alloway-Dickson Memorial Hut. The party will leave on Monday. December 20th, and the official working party will end on Tuesday, December 28th. although those who wish to continue for the rest of the vacation will not be prevented from doing so. Certificates of fitness should be shown to the Chief Guide. By means of this marathon working party, and by as many weekend working parties as possible from now on, it is hoped to have the hut near to completion by the New Year.

The building of this hut is a big task, and we hope that all those who can possibly assist in the work will do so, not merely as a tribute to the two students whose memorial it will be, but as a very tangible and much-needed contribution to the accommnodation and pleasure of future generations of trampers. The Tau-[unclear: erenlkau] is also, of course, a very pleasant place to spend a week or to at any time.

Go South, Young Man

Immediately following the Tau-herenikau trip there will be the traditional excursion to the Southern Alps, for that tramping-cum-climbing trip which has always been so popular in the past. It is planned to leave Wellington by boat on the night of December 29th, and return on the 9th January, or maybe two days later. What has not yet been decided, is exactly where the trip will be run. This is the reason for the notice appearing on the main notice-board asking those interested to indicate which of two places, the Wilkins Valley or the Waimakariri, they would prefer. Fuller descriptions will be found on the notice-board, but a brief description of the two places is as follows:—

Waimakariri Valley: Near Arthur's Pass, about 100 miles by rail from Christchurch. Plenty of scope for trampers, and also for climbers, particularly beginners, on peaks of about 7000ft. The three-pass trip from the Waimakariri to the West Coast, is an excellent tramp. Approx, cost for ten days—£6 10s.

Wilkins Valley: At head of Lake Wanaka, Otago, about 170 miles by road and launch from Timaru. One of the most beautiful valleys in the Southern Alps, with peaks of about 8000ft., including some virgin peaks. It is real climbers' country and more strenuous than the Walmak., although trampers will find plenty to occupy their time, the valley being within easy distance of Haast Pass. Approx. cost for twelve days, £10. If sufficient support is offering for both the Waimak, and the Wilkin, a trip will be run to each of them, otherwise the district for which the greater number of people indicate their preference on the notice-board will be the one which will be finally chosen. Further information may be obtained from the Chief Guide, Harry Evison.

H. C. E.