Newsletter of the Outdoor Adventure Club – Oct 2021

Hello Adventurers,

We are almost there. The outdoors are calling and adventure awaits.

Commencement of Activities & COVID-19 Requirements

The club will begin running trips again from the Monday after NSW reaches 80% double vaccination. We currently expect this date to be either the 18th or 25th of Oct 2021.

Before 1 Dec 2021

Participants will need to be double vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. When signing up for a trip you will need to supply your “COVID-19 digital certificate document number”. This number can be obtained from either the My Gov website, or the Express Plus Medicare App. You will also need to show your certificate to the trip leader at the start of the activity.

Further Information: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/vaccination/proof

Express Plus Medicare App: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/express-plus-medicare-mobile-app

After 1 Dec 2021

You may join trips without proof of vaccination. Note that this is inline with the current NSW guidelines however may change as we near that date.

What’s been happening?

  • Despite the lockdown, since my last newsletter, the club managed to squeeze in an incredible 80+ trips, workshops, training sessions and talks. We ran 14 rope skills trips including Rock Skills 1 & 2, Abseil Skills 1, Lead Climbing Skills 1, Multi-pitch Skill 1, and Improvised Rope Rescue. A huge thank you to the Trip Leaders involved; Fabio, Nuwan, Susan, Cedric, Jarvis, Dushy, Salome, Jess, Gordon, Wally, Matt, Marta, Ronny, Hana, Tyler & Johann.
  • An attempt was made at Claustral Canyon however had to be abandoned due to high water levels, expect a rematch; Susan vs Claustral coming this summer.
  • Our annual month of multi-pitch climbing was held in May and was a big success. I’m looking forward to running some more multi-pitch trips for those who have just started their multi-pitch climbing journey and were covid interrupted.
  • The club was involved in a collaboration with The Greater Sydney Landcare Network which saw our club members contributing their efforts to bushcare, and being given access to a restricted area of pristine national park for a hike and information session. Thank you to Liv for setting up this fantastic event, and establishing the relationship with GSLN.
  • Several teams representing the club participated in the Paddy Pallin Rogaine. This was a fantastic weekend that saw about 15 of us from the club camping in Newnes, with about 100 others, before navigating our way around the plateau the following day. Our very own Salome Hussein was one of the route setters for this Rogaine, nice work!
  • Salome has also been voted Club Person of the Year for 2021, congratulations and thank you for all the effort you have put in over the last year.
  • During lockdown the club has run 11 online talks & workshops. These have canvassed a range of topics from choosing adventure gear, navigation, foraging, tricks with ropes, camp cooking, and even how to build a packraft. Special call out to our VP Matt who has driven the online program during lockdown.
  • The club ran a Trip Leader Induction to prepare our newest batch of Trip Leaders; Alexander Sitkowski, Birger Wenner, Ehren Holgersson, Gemma Altinger, Majid Majidi, Matthew Carr, Megan Calder, Sammy Lim, Sean Ealey, Sunil Vijay, Alisa Komarova, Anna Choi, and William Welch. These members are in various stages of completing the requirements and should be running trips soon. I can’t wait to see the fun adventures you have planned.

What’s coming up?

  • Our regular Monday evening climbing meet at The Ledge has recommenced from Monday the 11 Oct. As a club member entry is only $8. You will be required to present proof of double vaccination to The Ledge Staff, and bring a mask to be worn when not climbing.
  • As the weather starts to warm you can expect to see some coastal hiking trips, and the start of canyon season. To support the start of canyoning we will be running some Abseil Skills 1 sessions which is usually the minimum requirement for joining these adventures. There will also be some gentle climbing trips to help you to retrain those atrophied muscles!
  • Remember you can always check the Activities page to see what’s coming up (https://utsoac.org.au/activities).

Become a Trip Leader

Got some ideas for adventure! Would you like to start running trips of your own? We will be running another Trip Leader Induction soon which will teach you how to put a trip together within the club’s safety guidelines. This is open to any of our members and all skill levels.

Committee for 2022

Our club is guided by a committee of members who volunteer and are elected for a one year term. If you are interested in getting more involved with the running of the club feel free to talk to an existing committee member about how you can get involved. Also, you can join us at our final committee meeting for the year on the 9 Nov which is open to all members.

See you in the wild,

James Millar
UTS OAC President