Rod Donald Hut – 13-14 May 2017

4 of us set off from Kaituna Valley with the signpost saying 6-7 hours to the Hut. We climbed up from the valley and had a short break at the newly refurbished Pack Horse Hut, which is now an online booking hut.

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Deception – Mingha  4-5 March 2017

The car off-loaded three people and four packs and drove back to Arthurs Pass village to park at DoC HQ. There it stayed for the two days waiting patiently for people to return. Kerry walked down to the shop and nabbed a ride from a tourist couple who’d been staying at the backpackers so he could start his walk over Morrison footbridge and hopefully catch up to Vesna, Jane and Graeme.

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Mount Karetu 02 April 2017

We seven trampers sat off for Okuku pass to climb Mount Karetu on a clear and sunny Sunday morning. We arrived at the pass shortly after 9am to a cool breeze and blue skies. We were soon on our way following a well-maintained fence line to the ridge, which then took us directly to the summit. There was no actual track to follow, just those from previous trampers in the area, but it was a pleasant walk amongst the tussocks and snow grass.

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Mackenzies Peak – Easter 2017

You wouldn’t have seen this one on the program: the two-day trip was planned as a private trip with just me and a friend. But we were very happy when five “gatecrashers” from PTC joined us on account of unsuitable weather for their NW Nelson trip. We did invite them!

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Annette Plateau 17 – 20 March

While I’m rather partial to wee adventure in the hills, our recent PTC trip to the Annette Plateau delivered a little more of an adventure than I had expected…

So how did it all start? Plan A was a four day mod-hard trip to the Serpentine Range got abandoned with high travel costs for a party of three and uncooperative weather.  After some debate the Mt Cook region was closer, so the option of a 3 day trip to the Annette plateau got wings. Wow! I thought, another alpine trip! Yay!, I said, I’m keen! How often is the Plan B more exciting than plan A???

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