TTC UNPLUGGED WEEKEND
8-9 April 2006
Thunder, lightning and rain greeted us on arrival at Holdsworth Lodge on Friday night when we arrived to set up our tents. Of course it was only the keen/mad ones that decided on this course of action.
Once set up, 7 of us retired to the Castle/Gusscot 2-man tent for a cosy “celebration”.
Saturday dawned with some showers, but gradually cleared to intermittent fine intervals, and rainbows displaying their pure colours.
Gradually many other TTC members drove into camp, quickly dispersing gear and preparing for the 2 tramps about to leave. Groups one’s target was Jumbo Hut and group two headed to Atiwhakatu Hut. During the afternoon various party members “with mechanical difficulties” arrived back early to find that Brian had single-handedly erected the Munn’s large fl y, in preparation for the evening’s social gathering.
During the time the trampers were away a group of Girl Guides arrived and set up in Holdsworth Lodge. They had tried to set up their tents and failed. With our encouragement, and our help, they tried again and succeeded, leaving the Lodge to the TTC members overnighting there (a very cunning plan).
Preparations continued for the evening’s fun – tables gathered – BBQ lit – food gathered - bottles opened – and Chris whipped out Peggy’s small brazier, loaded it with wood and set fire to it!
The liquid theme continued through the night with trampers dressed in wet weather gear, getting wet inside and out. We snuggled up under the huge fl y chatting, singing and eating. Being so close to Easter we also had an Easter Egg hunt, looking for foil wrapped eggs placed around the campsite. The evening wound down with a hot drink in the Lodge around the fireplace with stories of tramps past and future.
We rose on Sunday morning to a typical Tararua dawn. Damp enough to cancel the planned activities. Most interest surrounded the preparations for one members cars exit from the lower campsite up the very soggy, steep bank to the main driveway. Practical ingenuity had us laying a trail of small branches up the bank to provide grip for the wheels. The car shot up the bank with surprising ease (much to the driver’s relief).
By 10am the Holdsworth campsite was deserted, with everyone seeking the warm, dry places back home.
26 members, the Holdsworth caretaker and 2 dogs enjoyed the camaraderie of the weekend. Very special thanks for all those who helped organise and run the weekend’s activities, especially the Social Committee members who put so much into these events.