The history of AUTC is as rich and diverse as the club itself. That which is shown below is the mere tip of the iceberg.
For a brief summary of some of the key events (and some not-so-key ones too) please explore below.
11 April, 49 staff and students meet in the Old Choral Hall to discuss forming a tramping club. Formerly part of the Field Club, thus AUTC was born
28 May, First May Camp
Footprints (the club magazine) first appears, with Ian Reid as the editor
27 August, the club hut is officially opened for the first time by Cecil Segedin. The hut is named Ōngāruanuku
For the purpose of approving climbing trips, the role of Alpine Advisor is created
Marie Dow becomes the first female club captain
The early 1950s sees the growth in cooperation and friendship between the outdoor clubs, especially between AUTC and the Ski Club and the Alpine Club
Some club courses already well established by 1953
'Mogambo' becomes the club call sign, arising out of the tradition of May Camp Revue skits
Delivery of the new piano to Ōngāruanuku
Advanced Snow School
Advanced snow school begins in response to increased numbers and interest in running transalpine trips
Elections in the Bush
AUTCers lug 12" inch television to the club hut on election night
Election on a Mountain
Election is watched 9000ft up in a bivvy on Dome Ridge, Ruapehu
In the early 1990s a separate climbing club (Auckland University Rock and Alpine Club) is created by the most dedicated climbers
Inter-Club Alpine agreement between AURAC and AUTC is finalised
New piano and Wi-Fi fitted in the club hut
Waitakere rāhui begins due to Kauri dieback
The history of our club has been preserved throughout the decades thanks to the excellent record keeping and enthusiasm of our members both past and present. Thanks to their dedicated efforts, there are a myriad of resources available should you wish to delve deeper (if this is the case explore our annual Footprints magazines or contact our Archives Officer at email@example.com).