Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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Eight club members set out on Saturday for a training weekend in the Hunua Ranges. The weather was kind and the company great! The hike started at the Otau Road carpark of the Hunua ranges beginning with a steep climb up the Suspension bridge track. A good test with our loaded packs! Following the track past the Wairoa Dam we then entered the Wairoa Loop track to eventually arrive at our overnight campsite at the Repeater Camp. A basic camping site with open shelter, long-drop toilet, and sites for tenting. Training included meal planning, trip costing, risk management, equipment selection and ordering, filling out the required forms, some safety scenarios, setting up the three tents, using cookers, and hike leading. It was a great learning time with everyone contributing ideas and plenty of laughs.

Tina Chen shared a devotions on Matthew 25:34-36. The message was helping the needy as Jesus did, especially those in our modern world (the illiterate, the disabled, the mentally ill). Where we are one of the needy, be brave to take the challenge, as you may be able to help yourself.

Although it got cold after sundown, we all had a snug night in sleeping bags and tents. Sunday, after breakfast and packing up we headed back to the carpark via the Wairoa Loop track.

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