Serpentine Range 22 -25 February 2018

Put on your feathers’ Gary said as our group, warming up in the morning sun, were discussing down jackets. What prompted this subject was my mishap the previous evening, where unbeknown to me, I’d torn the back of my down jacket after catching it on a rock.

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Alpine Trip - Marion Plateau - 3-11 February 2018

“Cyclone Fehi devastates West Coast” and “Dart Track Closed” don’t sound good two days before the planned alpine trip to the Marion Plateau, plus the combination with a super blue blood moon seemed to promise an inauspicious start. Where else could we go? “No problem, it’s only the Snowy Gorge bridge” says Geoff through his information sources in Glenorchy and off we go.

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Harper - Avoca - Basins Hut – 17-18 Feb 2018

Nor-west rain had filled the potholes as we drove past the small lakes beside the Harper Road and quickly got walking in patchy weather. Raincoats stayed off by the time we got to the Avoca River and left the Te Araroa Trail. We met a commercial possum hunter in a 4WD, who’d decided to park and cross the semi-flooded Avoca on foot to place bait in a patch of beech.

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Lake Stream - Klondyke 27-28 January 2018

The weather forecast was symptomatic of much of the summer; a bit of everything with hot weather mixed with afternoon thunderstorms. Still it was better than a number of times when this trip had been cancelled so four of us headed out.

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Banks Peninsula Traverse - 25 Feb 2018

Having a small group simplified logistics for a crossover trip and soon leader Dan headed to Purau Saddle with Norman and Helen while Kerry went to Pettigrew's Road near Hilltop, with Hank, Penny and Joy.

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