Adventure the name of the game

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Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club member numbers are the highest since the 1980s, the club’s president says.

The club, which had been running since 1923, now had more than 230 members, club president Richard Forbes said.

Club members, who ranged in age and ability, could participate in regular weekend and day tramping trips, as well as snow skills and bushcraft courses, Mr Forbes said.

A recent trip by the club to Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track had surprised staff at the Te Anau Department of Conservation office, Mr Forbes said.

The hut warden reported 32 trampers, including 25 OTMC members, in the hut – a high number for the track in the off-peak winter season.

The club attracted people who were into adventure and the outdoors, Mr Forbes said.

“[We are] all there for the same reason.”

Trips could have anywhere from 15 to 40 participants, but it could be difficult to find people to lead trips, he said.

“It’s not just our club. It will be others [around the country] as well.”

Mr Forbes reiterated that while the club had tramping in its name, the members had also done a lot of cross-country skiing in the past and there were several “really keen cyclists” in the club, as well as others organising a kayaking trip later in the year.

“We’re not just a tramping club.”

For more information on the OTMC and upcoming events, visit otmc.co.nz.