sweet, yip the parade have sure started again!! it's awsome since its started back, seeing all the new little cadets, reminds me of when i first stared hehe. our first camp is on the 31st, 1st and 2nd of April, cant wait
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 15, 2006 17:01:15 GMT 12
No worries Darryn, the board is staying mate. It'll still be here when you guys find some spare time. Feel free to post stories and photos from your ATC actities if you want, when you all get a chance.
i have a story, its about the first tramp i ever went on. (i'm not the fittest person around) We went up the Pinnacles in Themes for a winter tramp, it was a small one with 8 of us (2 officers, 3 NCOs and 3 Cadets) so as you can tell it was a very small group. When we started off i was ok but once it got the all the hills and wind and rain started, it started off my bad mood and asthma, in the end i would stop half way up hills and so on. So a 4/5 hr tramp turned into about a 7hr tramp. After we had lunch i felt better but as soon as we took off again then rain and wind got to me, and my mood was as bad as it was before lunch. it was about 30minutes away from the Hut when i broke down when i threw my pack on the ground sat there and cried like a baby. my officer was talking to me and all i wanted to do was go home, so they were prepared to tramp all the way down again so i could go home. But she said one thing "once you get to the hut you will feel much better, you'll cheer up like you werent in a bad mood and feel proud and that you have achieved something." once we got to the hut, i felt everything that she said. Also 19 and 40 SQN were there they had a whole hut and we had the other one sharing it with other people (some pretty hot guys ) so when we woke up we had breakfast, packed and took off again, on the way down i was a much happier cdt(which everyone was thankful for) by the time we had gotten back to the van i was still happy and really happy that i had completed the tramp.(not to mention how proud i was lol. you might think thats chessey but hey we are all different) over all i enjoyed the tramp and so did everyone else just proberly not the way up.
Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 15, 2006 21:51:18 GMT 12
Cool. That is what those tramps are all about, overcoming adversity. I have done the Pinnacles tramp myself. It's in Kauranga Valley, near Thames if anyone's wondering. It was certainly a very tough track, but I made it ok. I was on school camp and 17 at the time. We didn't stay at the huts, we had lunch there and then tramped back down, so a long day.
Do you know the name of the track on the other side of the river? It goes up a huge hill too. We did that one the day before the Pinnacles. That one for me was much worse, more steep than Pinnacles for a start, quite a challenge. Back then I suffered from bad vertigo, and halfway up i started to get an attack of it. But I carried on to the top and was so pleased i did, the view was fantastic. On the way down though I was really freaked by the vertigo, and a nice girl helped me all the waydown the worst bit, which I didn't complain about. hehe
By the next day on the Pinnacles i found my fear of heights and falling had almost gone, it had really boosted my confidence. By the time I joined the RNZAf a few months later I was fine with heights (they make you jump off very tall dangerous things!)
groovey. the track with the big hill is Goat something or something Goat im not sure, but we went down it. that was the worst bit for me, since i kept slipping.(im not a very balanced person i slip/trip up on anything). I totally agree about the views they are awsome!!i wish i had taken my camera!
That sounds really cool. Us here in Auckland at 30 Squadron basically have a main place for our bushcraft camps. Goldies bush whic to the discretion of the one cadet in particular i wont mention the name. But anyway we were on our Squadron Camp and there were most of the NCOs, Officers and the three flights - Basic , Proficiency and advanced although during this time we had a basic one and two. Well as you do Basic Cadets stayed in one place in tents, proficiency made emergency shelters with a tarpauline and Advanced made bivouacs. during the camp the basic ones who were the first basic group which signed up we went on a tramp to the falls to do some abseilling meanwhile basic two did their basic bushcraft. Anyway once we had learnt how to go down and safety we got into it, cadet after cadet went down although it was pretty freaky it was still really cool and when we reached the bottom we followed a not so obvious track which was river area for a while then a tag showed us that there was a path there. Unfortunately one of the cadets went down gear and all, followed the river but got lost along the way so the cadet thought i passed a river on the tramp i'll follow the river ( which is a good idea if you remember when and where and what it looked like) so once everyone had gone down and come back up we had a head count and one person was missing so the search began with most of the cadets staying behind making sure not to get lost themselves, after a while of waiting the officers decided to head back to camp but still have a search party out. about an hour or so after we returned the cadet with the search party returned.
lol groovey. i had a bushcraft camp in Goldies bush last year...............it was awsome......but there was one thing wrong with it: Cows (they are my fear!!) one point when we went on day long walk for my Duke of Ed we came across a paddock of cows never less to say i froze and paniced. coz the people i was with was a small group(6 including me + a officer) 4 of them i go to school with and are my closest friends and the other im jsut close with. They helped me threw it. not to mention i got the worse sunburn camp/tramp. also on the camp we had to grooviest night ex, and marshmellows!! yum yum. on the day walk after lunch when we were returning and going threw all this mudd, i kept getting stuck in it and hten when i would get out my shoe got stuck in the mudd as well. the prof made bivouacs, and had to sleep in them:P but Mel the other female on the camp wasnt allowed to sleep in hers because i didnt make one to sleep in. because i turned up late as i was looking at the Warbirds in Ardmore and went for a flight in the DC3 Dakoda.
Ah yes the infamous cows of goldies bush. During our wind down camp late last year we had our Night ex, the mission was to get all of our gear which was at the enemy's base back to our base without being caught by the enemy, during which as we began the night exercise we were at our base getting prepared and devising tactics. As we sat and talked at our base we notice figures moving from the top of the hill which was directly in front of the enemy's base down to our base and as it was a dark night all we saw were the outline. All of a sudden the figures moved faster down towards us, we freaked out and i don't mean just walked away , i mean seriously crapped ourselves, then from out of one of the shadows we hear a mooo! and oh my goodness cows were the source of our terror.