The UTS Outdoor Adventure Club was established in October 1993 where we soon became the University’s biggest club with close to 500 Members.

How did it all start?

It all started about a year before our official inception. Stuart Warren and Scott McPherson were members of the UTS caving club and both had much more of an interest in all things outdoors rather than just caving. Finding it hard to do all the outdoor activities they wanted within their club they decided that a club which catered for lovers of all outdoor adventure activities was needed. With a big grin the Outdoor Adventure Club was born.

 

2017

President: David Perry Vice President: Patrick Lao

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2016

The club’s new website went live on the 2nd March 2016 replacing the long standing and much loved website which had seen countless adventures and members logged into its database. There had been much debate over the years between club members if the OAC actually needed a new website considering the old one still performed the required tasks. The old adage “Why fix something if it isn’t broken” was heardfrom prominent members. Luckily the club’s new website was almost complete when the host shut down. This unforeseen event left OAC without a website for 5 weeks. There was much rejoicing when our new website went live with many thanks going out to Ron Sandoval and German Castro Donoso who built it from scratch, putting countless hours of hard work into what you’re browsing now. Ron and German being volunteer Trip Leaders in the club again volunteered much of their time…

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2016

President (Jan-Jul): Brad Boundy President (Jul-Dec ): Nicole Mealing Vice President: Brendon Flanagan Acting President (Dec-Jan): Brendon Flanagan

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2015

The OAC underwent its first safety audit which was conducted by Sharon McMeekin of Crowe Horwath. The OAC was represented by Aimee Purcell of Activate UTS and Brendon Flanagan (VP and QM) of the OAC. The audit identified that the OAC took member safety very seriously with the statement – “Well done to you and the club, it really does show that you take risk and safety of members very seriously”. The success of this audit stems from all the dedicated and professional Committee Members, Trip Leaders, Seconders and club members who make this club what it is.

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2015

2015

The club’s new logo evolved in 2015 to unify and clarify the club’s identity. UTSOAC wanted to reflect the history of the club as well as demonstrate our commitment to growing a greater community of outdoor enthusiasts.   * Logo designers name omitted from history.

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2015

President: Jake Griffiths Vice President: Brad Boundy

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2015

2015 was the year it was finally decided that the Mark 2 website was to be retired from service with the President Jake Griffiths leading the push to plan and begin work on the new website. what do you think? It’s pretty awesome right?

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2014

Improvised Rope Rescue Course part 1 and 2 was introduced to the clubs skills trip repertoire by Brendon Flanagan.

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2014

President (Jan-Sep): Dariusz Kordonski Vice President: Brendon Flanagan President (Sep- Jan): Brendon Flanagan Vice President: Vacant

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2013

Bouldering Skills 1 course was introduced to the club by Brendon Flanagan.

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2013

President: Danny Tan Vice President: David Perry

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2012

Club members volunteered with Blue Mountains Track Care to help rebuild walking tracks in the Blue Mountains.

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2012

UTSOAC organised a fundraiser for the Bush Walkers Wilderness Rescue Squad, raising money and awareness for this volunteer rescue group.

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2012

President: Darran Wu Vice President: Dave Perry

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2011

Club members volunteered with Blue Mountains Track Care to help rebuild walking tracks in the Blue Mountains.

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2011

President: Karena Shell

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2010

The Birth of Mega Fest Back in 2010-11 when Pat Nolan was the president the concept of Mega Fest was first introduced and the trip was organised by Kathy Ward. The idea was never to replace Festival of the Canyon due to the time of year and the proximity of canyons to the Megalong Valley.  The idea was to have a major event just after O-Day to welcome new members to the club, campout have fun and introduce climbing and hiking as activities for the coming months.

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2010

Rock Climbing Skills 3 course was introduced to the club by Greg Myhill.

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2010

President: Pat Nolan Vice President: Christian Sax  

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2009

Rock Skills 2 course was introduced to the club by Marty Middlebrook.

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2009

President: Cameron Newman Vice President: Greg Myhill President: Greg Myhill Vice President: Christian Sax

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2008

President: Marty Middlebrook Vice President: Sven Howorth

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2007

President: Sharon Swanson Vice President: Ellen Braybon

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2006

President: Ellen Braybon Vice President: Sharon Swanson

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2005

Canyon Guide Skills 1 course was introduced to the club.

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2005

The club organised and abseil down the North East face of UTS Tower to display a large no­VSU banner, in protest of the changing legislation banning compulsory student union fees. The club received an award from UTS Union for ‘Services to the Union’ for this impressive effort.

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2005

President: Emmanuel Freudenthal Vice President: Iain Finlay

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2005

The clubs website was re-built (Mark 2) by Scott McPherson. This version saw 10 years of loyal service allowing the club members to experience countless outdoor adventures.

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2004

Festival of The Canyons was born which was originally an interclub event with around 30-60 participants over the 4 years it ran. Festival of The Canyons was soon to be superseded by Megafest.

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2004

Mountain Bike Skills 1 introduced to the clubs skills trips.

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2004

Navigation Skills 1 was introduced to the club. This course and its curriculum drawn up by the club helps members learn how to use a map and compass for events such as rogaining competitions.

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2004

President: Ben Ball

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2003

President: Vanessa Rathborne Vice President: Iain Finlay

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2002

Rock Climbing Skills 1 introduced to the club.

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2002

Abseil Skills 1 was introduced to the OAC and would be the first of many official club skills courses. A purpose designed curriculum was developed which each participant receives to prepare for the course.

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2002

Abseil Skills 2 introduced to the club.

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2002

President: Sarah Legaspi

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2001

President: Rhett Hamilton-Smith

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2000

President: Susanna Cheng Vice President: Annabel Angus

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1999

President: Max Pagnin Vice President: Damien Siviero

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1998

President: Mark Agnew Vice President: Nerilee Edwards

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1997

Semester 1 President: Scott Mcpherson Vice President: Daniel Carew Semester 2 President: Daniel Carew Vice President: Joshua Steadson

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1997

The clubs original website (Mark 1) went live in 1997 and was built by Scott McPherson. This website saw 8 years of dedicated service before being redesigned in 2005.

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1996

President: Martin Pfiel Vice President: Scott McPherson

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1995

President: Scott McPherson Vice President: Martin Pfiel

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1994

President: Stuart Warren

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1993

President: Stuart Warren The club was officially formed this year by Stuart Warren and Scott McPherson.

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1993

1993

The original club logo was designed by Scott McPherson with the rough concept drawn up by Stuart Warren and Scott McPherson. It was intentionally designed with an Indiana Jones feel to it.

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