Category Archives: Tramping and Climbing in 1970s

Photos and Stories of Tramping and Climbing in the 1970s

Ko Whanaupaki Tōku Māunga – Flagstaff is my Mountain

For Māori, whakapapa (genealogy) is not just about the family tree. It is about a wider context, including linking us to our land and waterways. I think it is something we can all take something from as we lose touch more … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #23 – Snowcraft on the Tasman Glacier

I’m still back in the 1970s – down memory lane of the old photo collection. Early in the 1970s there was the mountaineering push as the Otago Tramping Club morphed into the Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club. There were a … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #22 – Sailing Away – 1970s Style …

Another day and another old photo. Another from my collection of 1970s tramping photos – and this one definitely showing its age. I think it was New Year’s Day 1971. Those were the days when the Otago Tramping and Mountaineering … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #21 – Rockclimbing Day at Long Beach

The rockclimbing place near Dunedin in the 1970s was Long Beach. That’s where the Mighty Mini (Photo of the Day #20) was seen. Beside the rock that we climbed all over. This photo was taken one busy day in the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #20 – The Mighty Mini

So here we are, blobbing out in Blenheim. Having finished our first spell of motel minding, we’re trying to catch up on a few things plus get some exercise. Some time back I had fun resurrecting some of my old … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #12 (Snowcaving on the Old Man)

Most winters the Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club organises a snowcaving trip to the Old Man Range in Central Otago. A snowcave is a hole (cave) dug into a snow bank to sleep in. It’s an important thing to learn … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #10 (Esquilant Bivy)

When is a hut not a hut? When it’s a bivy. Boom boom! Back in the old days many mountain huts were small. It was a long way up there for one thing. They probably had to carry everything up. … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #4a (Green Hut Revisited)

There was some doubt about my first picture of Green Hut in Photo of the Day #4 (Green Hut). Sister Wendy thought the chimney was on the other end. In denial, I suggested maybe the chimney got repositioned in the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #5 (Forgotten River Col)

The Christmas after the Barrier Range stopped us getting to the Olivines (1973?), a more determined push via the Rockburn and Olivine rivers saw us at Forgotten River. Which is a river you don’t forget. [Once when the ODHB had … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day #4 (Green Hut)

Once upon a time this was the most important hut in my universe. It was called Green Hut because it was green. This avoided confusion with Red Hut or Yellow Hut. Imaginative lot weren’t we? Green Hut is in the … Continue reading

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