Stunning views, fabulous food, beautiful lakes, drizzly delays and winter wonderlands - Year 10 camp part one had it all.
Set in the Canterbury high country, Year 10 camp is a prominent step in making McGlashan boys into men. With the party split into two camps, we made the most of easy access to New Zealand's finest mountains and lakes.
Tramping into the alpine environment near Lake Ohau was a treat including frigid river crossings and the promise of snow. 10 AKA was not disappointed on either account. A day full of sunshine saw the party into the South Temple Valley campsite. The following evening a winter wonderland arrived with the fall of 2 inches of snow. The walk out on the third day was as scenic as it was cold.
Over at Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel, water sport was the word. From original raft building to the biscuit and water skiing, there was much to be enjoyed on the quiet lake. Prior experience was a valuable gift in the raft building exercise. This saw one group home dry and successful and another float home on individual 40-gallon drums.
Quiet moments throughout camp allowed for plenty of fishing. For some, this was a useful practice. Other well-seasoned fishermen gained impressive scores on the rainbow and brown trout tallies.