The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, September, 1922
This Club has continued its activities since our last issue was published. This year a new departure was made by having alternately Saturday afternoon and Sunday tramps. This arrangement has proved most popular—as was to be expected, for it allows people who are engaged in other pursuits on Saturdays to attend the Sunday tramps. It also permits us to wander further afield, and to explore places too distant to be reached in one afternoon.
One of the first tramps of the season was to Cape Terawhiti this walk was enjoyed by all, particularly on account of the gloriously fine day with which we were favoured.
Perhaps the most delightful one day trump yet undertaken by the Club was to Te Kaumaru Bay. Assembling at Karori in the early morning, we descended into Makara, and thence, under the able guidance of Professor Boyd-Wilson, made our way across country to our destination. We arrived at about midday, and after boiling the inevitable billy, set sail in a boat kindly lent by Mr. Burns, and spent the afternoon in deep sea fishing. Several cod and other aquatic animals were landed. It was suggested that we change our name to the "Tramping and Boating Club." This suggestion, however, has not yet been put into effect. A walk back to Wellington in the moonlight brought the end to a perfect day.
The only weekend tramp during the second term was from Upper Hutt to Waikanae. The route leads through the beautiful Akatarawa bush. and. except for a short distance, lies on the new road between the two townships. We have to thank Mr. Strand, of Akatarawa, for the use of a house in which to "camp" on Saturday night.
In conjunction with the Tararua and Otaki Clubs, some of the more energetic of our members assisted in carrying matorial to the top of the Tararuas, for the purpose of building a hut on Mount Hector, to serve as a shelter for people who lose themselves. The magnificent panorama obtained from the summit on the day on which the ascent was made was sufficient compensation for the heart-breaking climb with a load of timber on one's shoulder. Egmont, Ruapehu, and Tapuaenuku were clearly visible, as well as a great portion of the plains of the Wairarapa and Manawatu.
A number of lesser expeditions were also undertaken, none of which was by any means devoid of incident, but space restrictions prevent our describing them.
We should like to see more students taking an interest in the Tramping Club. There is no institution in the College which offers greater facilities to its members for getting to know one another, and there is no better antidote to that "dopey" feeling consequent on a week's "poring over miserable books." than to spend a day on the hills in the sunshine and wind.
There is a tramp on every week, and we shall be glad to see you at the next one.