HISTORY

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. 

1932

Club Origins

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

1942

May Camp

28 May, First May Camp

1944

Footprints

Footprints (the club magazine) first appears, with Ian Reid as the editor

1944

Club Hut

27 August, the club hut is officially opened for the first time by Cecil Segedin. The hut is named Ōngāruanuku

1947

Alpine Advisor

For the purpose of approving climbing trips, the role of Alpine Advisor is created

1950

Club Captain

Marie Dow becomes the first female club captain

Early 1950s

Inter-Club Cooperation

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

1953

Courses

Some club courses already well established by 1953

1954

'Mogambo'

'Mogambo' becomes the club call sign, arising out of the tradition of May Camp Revue skits

1964

Piano

Delivery of the new piano to Ōngāruanuku

1980s

Advanced Snow School

Advanced snow school begins in response to increased numbers and interest in running transalpine trips

1984

Elections in the Bush

AUTCers lug 12" inch television to the club hut on election night

1987

Election on a Mountain

Election is watched 9000ft up in a bivvy on Dome Ridge, Ruapehu

1990s

AURAC

In the early 1990s a separate climbing club (Auckland University Rock and Alpine Club) is created by the most dedicated climbers

2009

Alpine Agreement

Inter-Club Alpine agreement between AURAC and AUTC is finalised

2016

Hut Upgrades

New piano and Wi-Fi fitted in the club hut

2017

Rahui

Waitakere rāhui begins due to Kauri dieback

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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 archives@autc.org.nz).