OTMC Bushcraft Course - Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve

OTMC Bushcraft Course

Application Form (PDF)  I  Application Form (Microsoft Word)

The OTMC's popular Bushcraft course is returning in February 2021. The Bushcraft course is a great way to learn basic tramping skills to allow you to enjoy our wonderful outdoors safely and with confidence.

The OTMC Bushcraft course for 2021 starts on Monday evening, February 22. The Bushcraft course is a great way to learn the basic tramping skills suitable for New Zealand, as well as acting as an introduction to the Otago Tramping and Mountaineering Club, who have been running tramping trips and other outdoor activities from Dunedin for almost 100 years.

The course comprises four evening sessions in our clubrooms, a navigation day on Flagstaff and a river safety day. The course itself will culminate in a trip to the Silver Peaks Scenic Reserve – this can be either a Saturday or Sunday day trip, or an overnight experience.

Topics to be covered include clothing, footwear, weather, food, equipment and trip preparation. Evening two and the navigation day will focus both on map reading and compass use.

The course cost is $40 per person (transport for the navigation day, river safety day and Silver Peaks will be by car-pooling (costs paid to the driver), and food for the Silver Peaks is additional). A copy of FMC’s ‘Safety in the Mountains’ is also included, and all participants will be members of the OTMC for the duration of the course. Following completion of the course, the club will be offering a 50% discount for the first year’s membership to the OTMC (conditions apply).

Dates and items to be covered:

  • February 22 (Monday, 7pm): Introductory evening (includes clothing, footwear and equipment)
  • February 23 (Tuesday, 7pm): Navigation (maps and compass - theory)
  • February 28 (Sunday, 9am): Navigation - Practical exercise on Flagstaff (4-5 hours walking involved)
  • March 2 (Tuesday, 7pm): Food for tramping, cookers& portable stoves, mountain weather
  • March 7 (Sunday, 9am): River Safety Day (practical rivercrossing) clubrooms and Outram Glen
  • March 9 (Tuesday, 9am): Environmental Care, Trip Planning, OTMC History
  • March 13-14 (Saturday 8am): Silver Peaks Practical Overnight Tramp (if there is enough interest we will also run a Saturday trip and a Sunday trip for those who can't undertake the overnight option)

Bushcraft 2021 Application Form

To apply for Bushcraft 2021, download an application from these links:

Application Form (PDF)  I  Application Form (Microsoft Word)