The Blockhouse. Ah, the Blockhouse.
It goes by many names, most of them not so complimentary, some of them more apt. But all you really need to know is that it’s the big green shed with a whole bunch of stuff in it. Stuff which, for a nominal fee, can be yours to love & cherish for a short period.
It’s run by a group of folk known as the “Blockhouse Officers”, a strange shed dwelling species who are happy to help you get what you want, but get cranky when things are returned dirty or broken (unless of course it was in the course of reasonable use). This is a good position for those interested in helping run the club to try out as well, due to the small time commitment (around an hour a month) but the high importance. Keep in mind blockhouse officers can only hire out bushwalking and MTB gear but no Climbing, Kayaking or Caving equipment. For this equipment you need to contact section reps.
Monash University Outdoors Club Hiring Fees
|Sport Type||Item||Cost p/week||Student Discount Price||Comment|
|Bushwalking||Tent||$12||$10||Hire a tarp to protect the base of your tent|
|Sleeping bag + inner||$8||$6||Please use and wash cotton inner sheet|
|Trangia stove + bottle||$7||$5||Supply your own Methylated Spirits fuel|
|Japara||$3||$2||A Japara is a raincoat|
|Overpants||$3||$2||Like a Japara for your legs|
|Gaiters||$3||$2||For bushbashing and keeping snow and sand out of your boots|
|Sleeping mat||$3||$2||Compressed blue-foam style only|
|Compass||$3||$2||Warning! Magnetic anomaly in the Blockhouse|
|Head torch||$3||$2||Please replace batteries if they are low|
|Map||$3||$2||See the index map in the Blockhouse|
|Tarp (tarpaulin)||$1||FREE||Very useful for putting under tents, and as a shelter|
|First Aid Kits||$5||$3||IMPORTANT: if you use anything, or gear is damaged, please report it|
($100 deposit required)
|Emergency beacon. Useful in very remote areas. For other areas that might be within signal range, please carry a mobile phone – these allow for faster rescue. Club trips have preference.
You need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to hire EPIRB
|Car Camping||Camping Chairs||$7||$5|
|Large Water Canisters||$7||$5|
|Mountain Biking||Mountain bike + helmet||$12||$10|
|Cross Country Skiing||Cross-country skis + poles + boots||$12||$10|
|Kayaking (requires permission of the kayaking rep to hire)||Kayak + paddle + deck + helmet||$15||$12||Please wash if used in salt water|
|Single sea kayak||$20||$15||Includes deck and paddle. Please wash if used in salt water|
|Double sea kayak||$40||$30||Includes deck and paddle. Please wash if used in salt water|
|Caving||Helmets, Wire Ladders, overalls, head torches. and permission||$7||$5||Contact Caving Rep for prices|
|Rock Climbing||Helmets, Harnesses + Shoes,||$12||$10||Contact Rock Climbing Rep for prices and permission|
|Ropes + Lead gear.||$15||$10|
|PLEASE NOTE: A $50 refundable deposit is required for all products above $10|