Opera Range, Jervois Hut, 29 – 30 January 2011

Bill Templeton suggested this trip. It’s in Sven’s guide, described as “a fairly obscure sort of round-trip to a seldom-visited hut”. Sounds encouraging?

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Lewis Tops, Brass Monkey Biv, Duchess Stream  -  5-6 Dec 2010

Four of us arrived at the Lewis Pass Tops car park on a warm Saturday morning planning to do an anti-clockwise circuit taking in Brass Monkey Biv and The Grand Duchess

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Pelorus River, Bryant Range -- 27 Dec 2010 – 1 Jan 2011

The trip blurb sent out to the thirteen folk on the trip list included the following little gem of optimism – “this area tends to be dry with less rainfall at this time of year, which is why we are tramping in this area”.  In light of what happened, one could be forgiven for wondering what might happen during the wet season…

Read more: Pelorus River, Bryant Range -- 27 Dec 2010 – 1 Jan 2011

Top Hope Hut—22-23 Jan 2011

The group of nine started tramping from Windy Point just off the Lewis Pass highway at 9:15am. A few group members had been doing some sums and studying the topography, most concluding that to get to the Top Hop Hut with 2 hours spare to undertake the side trip to the hot pools was ambitious

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SCAMPER TORRENT – SMYTH RANGE 23-25 October 2010

Labour Weekend weather on the West Coast is always a lottery and no wind for three days sounded positive as four of us headed for the Pukekura Backpackers on Friday night.  Merv located the owners by phoning the pub, getting a Coaster’s response that the key is in the door and leave money on the table.

Read more: SCAMPER TORRENT – SMYTH RANGE 23-25 October 2010