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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JANUARY 19, 2012
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The Cock and Bull Trampers
Tales of mates who became
masters of the great outdoors
We always had this light-
hearted kind of we're not the
real thing' approach, even
though we actually did some
quite amazing trips.
Cock and Bull: Julia Millen ,who has written a book about the tramping escapades
of her group of friends.
Photo: KATIE McALISTER
By KATIE McALISTER
What started out as a group of mates get-
ting together for a drink on Friday
evenings morphed into a tramping club
that tackled the great outdoors all over the
A new book compiles stories of the various
tramping feats of the club.
Julia Millen, historian, biographer, and a Karori
resident, is the author of Fair Weather Trampers.
The Cock and Bull Tramping Club -- the name
was derived from a bar they used frequent in Willis
friends in their 30s who
were keen to get out and
We weren t trampers
who joined a club, we
were actually just a
group of friends who
went tramping. So we
always had this light-
hearted kind of we re
not the real thing
approach, even though
we actually did some
quite amazing trips, Ms Millen said.
The opening chapter tells the story of the group s
first tramp, from Owhiro Bay to Makara, which
was an unexpectedly tough 12 hours, she said.
We thought people would then be put off going
on hikes, but no, they suddenly became all keen
and said, What are we doing next?
Despite the blisters and the dead sheep, it [the
Makara walk] became a legend.
Ms Millen said her favourite tramp in the Wel-
lington region was the Orongorongo track in the
It s really beautiful in the Orongorongos, lovely
open valleys and things.
Each chapter tells the story of a tramp in a
different part of the country. There are also stories
about mid-winter swimming in Lyall Bay and mid-
winter walking around Wellington.
Tramping is one of those things that brings
out the best and the worst in people.
You have to hang together, that s all part of it.
It s not going off on your own and being the first
to get there.
Ms Millen started writing short stories about
the tramps as part of her Sunday writers group.
Publisher Lynn Peck asked her if she wanted
to form a publishing venture and they decided to
put the tramping stories together.
The book picked up on the humour and light-
heartedness of the group, telling the stories of
the things they would laugh about when they got
together, she said.
I was selecting
stories that had lots of
because that s the fun of
tramping. You never
know what s going to
happen, because there s
the weather, or you get
lost, or somebody
decides they want to do
Compared to the
more serious histories
and biographies she had
written, this book was light relief and completely
different, she said.
Ms Millen s old school friend, Barbara O Reilly,
had been on some of the tramps and agreed to do
sketches for the book.
The book is roughly chronological. The group
gets more ambitious along the way, tackling
tough terrain such as Stewart Island and the
Naturally, there are the toilet stories.
There are stories of finding just a long drop
where they expected to find a hut, and of sitting
on the toilet at a hut on Stewart Island and
looking out at a panoramic view over the cliff.
Loos are part of the tramping experience,
really, Ms Millen said.
The book, which is on sale at some Wellington
bookshops, costs $30.
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