Trip Reports

 16 Sept 2012

 We collected just one at the Yaldhurst carpark: an enthusiastic though not a ‘morning person’ guy named Simon. It was an early start – 7 am – and there was a drizzly fog which continued for some time as we headed towards Rakaia. Our starting point was the Dry Acheron car park on the Lake Coleridge Road.

 I had my doubts about the ‘Dry’ terminology as previous experience of the bursting banks of the Dry Swin River made me a doubter. (Another “dry” trip about 3 years ago. Ed) I was proved correct as we criss-crossed the river at about knee-depth for over an hour. 

Read More: Dry Archeron, Big Ben

 16-17 June 2012

 A swarthy team of six intrepid trampers headed off into the snow fields of the Lewis Pass after winter’s biggest snow dump so far. Spurred on by an improving weather forecast and the news that DOC had been “working on the track” we donned winter gear and headed up the freshly cleared track. The damage caused by the heavy snow dump was soon evident with the sawdust from recent chainsaw activity on the many tree falls. We grew to appreciate the extent of DOC’s track maintenance when we reached the end of their activity.

Read More: Magdalen Hut - Midwinter Excursion

 28-29 April 2012

 Are you prepared? NO? Read on to find out!

 Mike, Dianna and I set out from Hawdon Shelter in cool overcast conditions on a day trip to the East Hawdon Biv, theoretically we were carrying only what we would normally carry for a day and then planned to stay the night and see how well we coped. 

 The walk went well, we avoided crossing the Hawdon by sticking to the true left all the way to the East Branch which turned out to be a good easy route and we made good time reaching the junction in about an hour. The East Hawdon route was not difficult to find and after 2 hours enjoying this beautiful valley and it’s charming little bush clad gorge, lunch was taken at the near new and well kept 2 bunk shelter.

Read More: Survival weekend

 15 April 2012

 It was a fine morning when four keen men climbers turned up for this trip, with not a woman in sight. Maybe the name of this peak in the Craigieburn Range discouraged their interest? From the Visitors Centre car park, we plodded up the road to the Broken River Ski Field, around the locked gate (to prevent car access) and eventually to the ski club accommodation huts. Here we met a band of volunteers staying over the weekend carrying out maintenance in preparation for the winter season.

Read More: Nervous Knob

 Easter, 6-9 April 2012

 A wonderful weekend with perfect weather. Bill dropped Sergey, Glenda, Bronwyn and me at the Boyle River while he parked at the Engineer's Camp. The river was very low as were all the rivers causing no crossing problems at all. We headed up the Doubtful taking a break outside the hut, continuing on until we turned off a few hours later up the track alongside Kedron Stream.The highlight here was the stags roaring. I'd heard the occasional one previously, but here they were answering Bill and Sergey's roars and at times sounded quite angry. No sightings though.

Read More: Lake Man, Top Hope Hot Springs