Trip Reports

 16-17 March 2012

 Mike R. (leader), Claire, Bill, Wendy, Steiner, Agnete, Bronwyn We began on the roadside near Otira where the track sign says ‘Mt Barron 3 hours’. Not a track for those who like to warm up slowly –it goes straight up the ridge.Wendy entertained us with Irish jokes in honour of it being St Patrick’s Day, while Bill improved the track with his secateurs. This was obviously not a track that is used much and after an hour of scrambling and pulling ourselves straight up the rugged ridge, we had doubts about the ‘3-hour’ summit! Once above the bush line we stopped for lunch. We’d gained a lot of height but the road was rather frustratingly still in view.

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 29 Jan 2012

 The day dawned grey and overcast, but not cold and with little wind. Glenda and Sergey were the only volunteers but in spite of this we agreed that a chance to improve our fitness shouldn’t be missed. There were a few glimpses of blue sky along the road through Loburn but when we reached Glentui, Mt Richardson was well covered by cloud.So with vague hopes of clearing weather we started to climb. Conditions were perfect for walking, cool with little breeze and we made good time and were on the peak in a couple of hours with visibility at about 5 metres and a light drizzle falling. 

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Jan 2012

Tuesday 3 January 2012 – it was great to feel we were finally about to start this trip. The trampers 12 in total, plus a few support crew (wives and partners) were all assembling at Te Anau Downs Lodge the night before we were off on our way.A potluck feast at the Lodge, and a fine night walk along the lake edge to check out the boat for the next day and admire the striking sky of dark clouds and surreal light. Everyone was enthused and the weather forecast was promising.

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