You may have heard people yarning on about Trogs, you may have been nagged to write one and might not even know what a TROG is!
Trog stands for Trip Log, a story about your tramping club trip adventure! We collect these up over the year and put them into a book which is printed and given out at the end of the year. They are a great way to look back at some of the adventures you got up to while in the club and a great source of club history!
Here are some handy tips on how to write one:
- Write it on Sunday evening or Monday! If you leave it any longer you often forget the details and often it never gets done because life gets in the way
- The best Trogs are a little bit original, quirky, something everyone can relate to e.g. here’s a snippet from one in 2015: “Enda found a manky fork on the track near the hut. Zach didn’t bring cutlery for his dinner so resorted to using said manky fork. Although Zach did clean the manky fork with a wet wipe, this was after Enda cleaned the candle wax out of a candle holder with it”
- Can you write with a theme or a different perspective? e.g. write a story from the perspective of your ice axe, tramping boots, or hat. Make Snowcraft into “Fearsome Warrior Ice Axe Training School?”
- The route and time you spent walking to the hut or up a hill aren’t always that interesting. What is interesting is: what you were thinking about while trying to climb the hill, how many people you can fit into a three-man tent, how many times you wake up during a snowstorm, something silly someone brought on a trip, things that went wrong and how many beers you drank at the pub on the way home.
- Tell the story of the tramp itself, not the details of your trip.
- Trogs don’t have to be long or even in the order that it happened on the trip. Other formats/ styles could be poems, diary entries, haikus, limericks, be creative!
- Include the names of people who went on the trip at the top as well as the date and trip location
- Also, include at least one photo if you can
Then once you have one written, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and wait to see it published at the end of the year! In the meantime, you can see past Trogs at the University library or some are on our website.