Trip Reports

 30 November 2014

 We started off discussing that the nicer way around this walk is from the View Hill carpark. Once there we battled the cold winds to start walking and it became a lovely day out. We took the Kiromako track and went across to the Link track to get us back on the Wharfdale track. Since we got back earlier than expected we strolled up part of the Wharfdale track, returning the same way back to the cars. And of course, stopping off at Jo Seagar’s Cafe, for coffee and cake to finish off the good day out. Many thanks to Pat, Fay, Vesna and Rose. I had a lovely time out with you all.



 Sunday 21 September

 Well I don’t think anyone except Bill & Wendy had much idea where Mt Guy was until this trip. As the trip the weekend before didn’t go ahead and the weekend before that was an ‘Easy’ there were in total 10 keen members (including three trampers new to the club) ready to stretch their legs. Midweek the forecast was dismal for the day but as the day approached the forecast miraculously improved and Sunday was excellent tramping weather. 

Mt Guy is on the north side of Lake Clearwater. We parked at the start of a 4WD track near the Village, walked around the lake and pretty much straight up Mt Guy a climb of 650m. The poled track started easy then got steeper and the rocks and shingle looser, until a couple of hundred meters from the top when it flattened.

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 Greta Valley Explorer 28-29 June 2014

 We lived up to the social, tramping and explorer aspects of this trip admirably. Only one of the pre-planned options came off as true (the beach walk). Even the winter aspect didn’t quite live up to winter - with glorious weather for both days.

 12 of us met at the Greta / Scargill turn off after a leisurely departure from Chch and stocking up with supplies at the Amberley Farmers market. From there we headed in convoy to Foxdown Rd off the Waikari/ Scargill inland road to begin our trek up Mt Alexander (748m). The route being a steady (but not steep) incline up farm tracks which had been clearly mapped out for us by the land owner. 

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 Queens Birthday Weekend 2014

 At 7am Saturday Vesna, Fay, Sheryl (new member) Mike and Neal (trip leader) in 2 cars headed West for Cass, where, after the car shuffle we headed up river on frozen ground and ice-greasy stones. Several cold wet river crossings later we left the river and climbed up the sidling track heading for the Cass hut. Lunched in the sun an hour from the hut and checked out the avalanche damage across the valley where trees had been blown over by the wind generated by avalanches.

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 4-5 May 2014

 An enthusiastic group of 12 fizzed north fuelled on coffee from Hamner and were ready to start the climb to Fowler Pass by 11am from the historic Fowler Hut which has been renovated and is very palatial (note this will become relevant later in the narrative). Ably lead by Claire and her faithful Indian companion Sergey the group included Carol, Agnete, Steiner, Glenda, Tere, Fay, Dianna (D2) and Vesna. It was also a pleasure to have the company of Frank and Diana (D1) who provided transport and came some of the way to Fowler Pass before turning back to camp for the night by Lake Tennyson (note this will also be relevant later). 

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