About this tramping camp
Our junior tramping camp is returning to the stunning Hollyford Valley where we ran our first Junior Tramping camp. It’s for anyone that is keen on giving real tramping a try in the New Zealand backcountry.
As beginner tramping you will need to have reasonable level of fitness (so start training now) and will need to carry all your own food and gear with you as you tramp.
We are tramping the first part of the Hollyford Track in Northern Fiordland.
We will be casually tramping on average 9km each day to DOC huts along a reasonably good condition track down the Lower Hollyford river valley. This brief-taking track takes in views of Mt Tutoko (Fiordland’s highest mountain), Hidden Falls (a stunning hidden waterfall) and Lake Alabaster (a back-country gem of a lake only accessible by foot).
Our Tramping Camps Feature...
Backcountry Huts and Tents
We will be staying in public DOC back-country huts* in the remote wilderness - these huts give us some shelter but are often cold meaning warm clothing is a must. But the scenery is oh....so amazing!
* we also take tents just in case there is no room for us in the huts
Fun and Games
With no power or cellphone coverage*, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.
* we have a satellite communicator for emergencies
Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping
Testimonials from previous tramping camps...
Essentials to know before you enroll...
These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:
- You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 10km each day on the flat. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
- You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
- There are some essential gear requirements for tramping. These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
- Good boots with ankle support
- Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater
- Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
- Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
- Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
- Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.