Tramping the Nelson Lakes with our fourth New Zealand semester
Students on New Zealand Fall Semester, Section 4 - 09/27/2012, the final New Zealand semester of the Austral Spring season, arrived to the branch in Aiseed Valley on Thursday 26 September. After two days of prep at the branch, the group departed for the town of Kaikoura to learn more about the local culture. Next, they're off to the Nelson Lakes region for Hiking (called "tramping" down under).
A good part of the prep days involve measuring, weighing and bagging hundreds of kilos of food. These students packed enough food for 9 ration periods, with each ration period separated and moved into storage as the course gets underway. The students left the branch carrying Ration #1 -- enough pasta, spices, hot cocoa, ramen noodles, scroggin for 8 days. Their next ration period will be delivered to them out in the bush via 4WD vehicle.
Our branch is located on an old sheep farm. We use the woodshed, or former sheep shearing shed, as a staging area where students can unpack and organize their equipment. Here's the New Zealand Fall Semester, Section 4 group posing with an assortment of gear:
New Zealand Fall Semester, Section 4 - Course Calendar
Cultural: 26-27 Sept
1 – Backpacking: 27 Sept to 30 Oct
Branch switch: 30-31 Oct
2 – Sea Kayak: 31 Oct to 20 Nov
Branch Switch: 20-21 Oct
3 – Canoeing: 21 Nov to 9 Dec
Branch De-issue: 10 Dec
Course ends: 11 Dec