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One of the best ways of learning the skills needed for going into the hills is to get yourself on one of the Bushcraft Instruction courses run by the Club. They're also a really great way of getting to know others who may not yet be club members or are relatively inexperienced.

Learning map and compass skills
Learning map and compass skills at the clubrooms
Photo: Kate Williams

Bushcraft courses are run each year beginning in early February and continuing through March. They comprise a series of three evening sessions held in the clubrooms, and three weekend trips. We teach a range of bushcraft skills and provide lots of practical information and advice. The practical sessions include a one day field trip focusing on map and compass work, one overnight trip camping in Smithís Creek area and a two night trip planned by the students. We provide a safe and supportive environment with friendly instructors to help you get the most out of tramping in the New Zealand bush.

Who is the course for?

The course is for people who are new to tramping or those with some experience who want to brush up their skills or just build their confidence. Itís also a great way to meet new people. Both club members and non-members are welcome.

What will you learn

Courses are run by experienced people who will provide you with the latest techniques and will cover such things as:

Practising river crossing
Practising river crossing
Photo: Kate Williams

How fit do you need to be?

We cater for most levels of fitness and organise groups for the weekend trips so that people of similar fitness levels are together. Please contact us if you are unsure about your fitness.

The last one of these weekends is always good value. This is the one where you get to plan and "execute" a full weekend trip (in small teams) visiting a series of map references given to you by an instructor.

Naturally, these places are off the beaten track ... but don't worry, your intrepid instructor will make sure you make it out in time for dinner on Sunday night, if by some small chance you become geographically embarrassed. GPSs not allowed!

If you think you might be interested in taking part in the next course turn up on new members' evening, Tuesday 27 January 2015 at 7:30pm for 8pm at the clubrooms, when we will be taking enrolments (bring your $85 course fee).

If you want to find out more about it - whether or not you are a club member - just contact Ann Matthews -> mailto:ttc-bushcraft [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on 06 368 2283 (or Alan Wright -> mailto:ttc-sales [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on (04) 479 2566 from January 20th to February 9th).

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Overnight and longer tramps and hikes

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When is the course

This year's course starts in early February. The course runs for six weeks alternating between evening lectures at the clubrooms, and practical weekends. The dates are:

  • Lecture 1: Tuesday 3 February from 5.30pm to 7.15pm
  • Bush 1: Saturday 14 February full day (Postponement day Sunday 15 February) at Otaki Forks
  • Lecture 2: Thursday 19 February from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Bush 2: Saturday-Sunday 7-8 March at Waerenga Hut
  • Lecture 3: Thursday 19 March from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
  • Bush 3: Friday evening-Saturday-Sunday 17-28-29 March at Mt Holdsworth or other area as decided by each group
  • Dinner: Date & Venue tbc.

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How much does it cost

The course fee is $85 and includes maps for the practical weekends, the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council Bushcraft Manual, and transport costs. Food is not included in the cost.

The completed enrolment form and course fee are required prior to the start of the course to secure your place on the course. The three methods of payment are:

  1. by internet banking:02 0500 0022732 00. Under Reference put Bushcraft and your Name
  2. by cheque: Payable to TTC. Post to: The Treasurer, TTC, P.O.Box 1008; Wellington. Put your Name and Bushcraft on the back of the cheque for reference.
  3. bring cash or cheque to new members' evening.

The three methods of completing the enrolment form are:

  • complete the enrolment form online
  • download, fill in, and return the completed enrolment form to Ann Matthews by email. (Between 20th January 2014 and 4th February 2014 email it to Alan Wright)
  • download and bring the completed enrolment form along on new members' evening.

Any queries, please contact Ann Matthews -> mailto:ttc-bushcraft [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on 06 368 2283 or 027 766 0661 (or Alan Wright -> mailto:ttc-sales [snail] ttc [period] org [period] nz?Subject=Query%20from%20TTC%20website on (04) 479 2566 or 021 170 8540 from January 20th to February 4th).

See also
Free downloadable pamphlets on bushcraft from the NZ Mountain Safety Council.
Instruction Bushcraft

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