Bracken  Snowfield — 31 Jan – 7 Feb 2010

“The weather is going to be fine….the weather is going to be fine…etc”, Geoff invoked, and so it was, perfect weather,  for the whole of the trip.

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Harper Pass 26 Feb – 2 March 2010

The bus dropped eight of us at Aickens corner on Friday and we started off about eleven am. The gods smiled on us with a beautiful day and low water on the Otira.

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The Garden of Eden  Feb 1-6 sunday-friday 2009

Despite the forecast southerly, at Clearwater there was a strong NW, and as the jumped up downs at Erewhon came into view a rainbow hung over the Havelock River. Our long anticipated trip was about to begin. We parked in a small tree-sheltered paddock 5 minutes walk from The Clyde River just as three other young folk were about to leave. Despite having thrown out everything unnecessary our packs were at least 18 kg (Phil's was probably 32 kg - about half his weight).

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Devilskin Saddle - 20-21 Feb 2010

Eight of us left Christchurch on the Saturday morning looking forward to the fine weather that was forecast for the weekend. After a brief stop at Culverden we continued to the Engineers Camp where we pulled over into a lay-by just past the camp on the right side of the road. We shuffled the cars to leave one at Palmer Lodge, opposite the Nina track and the other back at a bach at Engineers Camp that was known to one of the party members.

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Robinson River - Lake Christabel – Blue Grey River.  13 -15 Nov 2009

The five of us left Christchurch at 7.30am for Palmers Road. After hiding a bike at the Lake Christabel track-start, we drove on to the road-end and were tramping by 11.15am. These days you can no longer drive right to the track start—a locked gate made us walk one km along the road.

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