100 Trips for 100 Years

A major project in the lead up to the OTMC Centenary in 2023 is '100 Trips for 100 Years'. This will see the club run 100 representative trips from our 100 year history. As of 2021/22 we are currently averaging between 50 and 60 trips per year. Another 40 to 50 will be hard to achieve, but with commitment, along with the 100 Trips theme we should be able to run 100 trips in a 12 month period.

As 100 Trips for 100 Years involves recreating iconic trips from our past, the first task is to create a database of all the trips we have run. We believe we can get close to compiling a list of all trips scheduled (where possible this will be corrected to cover trips that had date or destination changes, or were cancelled for various reasons, such as weather or lack of interest).This task is over 95% complete - when finished the club will have a record of where we have been. We will also be able to see where our most popular areas are - currently trips to the local Silver Peaks is well and truly the frontrunner, appropriately so as many regard the Peaks as our traditional tramping ground.

The first Otago Tramping Club trip was held on Saturday afternoon, September, 1, 1923 (a week after the formation of the club). September 1, 2023 is a Friday afternoon, it is entirely appropriate to revisit the location of the trip exactly 100 years later, so this date is locked in, and will be used to officially open the new Pineaplle Point lookout (the trip was from Ross Creek to Flagstaff and was very well supported - it is said that when the leaders reached the summit the rear of the party were still emerging from the bush!)

The OTMC Centenary is being held during Labour Weekend 2023 (October 21-23). Therefore, 100 Trips for 100 Years will commence a week before Labour Weekend 2022, and culminate with a Silver Peaks trip and a visit to the clubs Ben Rudd's property during the Centenary Weekend.

To get to 100 Trips we would need to do the following:

  • Run a Sunday trip every weekend except for over Christmas / New Year 2022/23 (though an option could be to have some day trips over this period as the Otago Tramping Club did).
  • A Saturday trip every second weekend (more or less), alternating with weekend trips - the Saturday trips could be shorter or afternoon trips (again, similar to the original trips)
  • Weekend trips (or longer) as we do now - including all long weekends, and every 2-3 weeks.

This alone will get us to over 100 trips - there are further options of evening trips, mid-week trips, plus longer trips such as the  Milford Trip.

Some trips will be selected by our Life Members - we have asked them to nominate a trip that was special to them, or perhaps a favourite area.