Friday 9th December 2022

This year’s Ōhau camp summarised in one word - challenging. Ōhau 2022 gave students the chance to step out of their comfort zone and rise to the occasion when circumstances dictated it. When the going gets tough, JMC boys get going.

After a smooth Monday of river crossing practice and staying at the Lake Middleton Lodge, the first challenge was the walk to the South Temple Hut. The river crossing skills were put into action twice - once at the very start to make sure everyone’s feet were nicely hydrated for the three-hour walk.

Wednesday was the main challenge day. This consisted of climbing from around 800 metres to 1720 metres to summit Mount Mason. All the boys did really well to climb this infamous mountain. Descent proved more of a mission and featured a helicopter ride after a tumble on a scree slope. Well done to all the boys for keeping their spirits up and supporting their peers under tricky conditions.

On Thursday we farewelled the South Temple Hut - as we were potentially the final group to use it on a camp. Don Campbell’s shoes are still stashed there for whoever needs them.

The last day consisted of another challenge: a 29-kilometre bike ride from Ōmarama to the Loch Laird campsite at Ōtematata. This section of the Alps 2 Oceans had a few long climbs that provided a good workout for already fatigued muscles. It was all worth it however, with Mrs Clulee putting on a fabulous barbecue for the group. Thanks all for a fantastic and valuable camp.