The following has been compiled following correspondence with Dave Gould, a life member of ATC, who crafted the ATC Logo (now being transferred to NTK), and also has his name on one of the ski cups that have now been removed from ATC SnowSports Lodge.

He commenced tramping while at Mt Roskill Grammar, having found, with tramping, a sport that he did love. After school he joined Air NZ as an aircraft engineering apprentice, joining ATC to continue his tramping. That was the time when he crafted the ATC Logo.

Continuing ….

“I am pretty sure 1968 was a bumper ski season and I enjoyed 12 weekends at Mem Hut.

At that time there was quite a group of us 18 to 20 year olds enjoying club tramps, skiing and many fun, dare I say it, “Party weekends” at Ngaro Te Kotare, from where we would often bush crash the stream down to Piha.”

Dave was also a keen participant in “Bush Marathons”, competing in 3 Wellington events 1967-69, and winning the Junior section in 1968 and 1969 – much to the chagrin of the Wellingtonians ! This event involved wearing boots that were no less than 4 lbs (1.8 kgs) – his were 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kgs - and running a 5 mile course involving a rocky riverbed, a steep hill and finishing off along a tramping track. His winning times were around 35 minutes.

Auckland contestants mentioned in the newspaper cuttings with very respectable times in the harder senior course of 9.5 miles were Brian Alexander (ATC) and Norman Judd (ACTC).

After an extensive OE, Dave returned to Auckland, but unfortunately we then lost him from active club involvement to his key interests of surfing and sailing. He now lives at Sandy Bay, north of Tutukaka.