Bob Stables (front, at right) and Otago Tramping and
Mountaineering Club members celebrate the club's 90th
anniversary at the clubrooms on Saturday. Photo by Linda
People from all walks of life gathered in Dunedin on
Saturday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Otago
Tramping and Mountaineering Club.
Nearly 200 past and present members from around New Zealand
attended the weekend celebrations.
Veteran member Bob Stables (86), of Dunedin, who only gave up
tramping last year, recalled joining the club in 1949.
''It's a great way to enjoy the outdoor life, with good
companionship away from the telephone,'' he said.
''It's an escape from the city; getting out in the hills with
kindred people amongst the trees and birds.''
The club was founded to organise tramping trips as the Otago
Tramping Club on August 23, 1923.
An anniversary dinner was held at Forbury Park on Saturday,
followed by a day trip yesterday.