Hope-Kiwi Lodge - 14-15 July 2018

Wendy, Darcy and I left Darcy’s place at 7.30am, picking up Norman on our way out of Christchurch and John at Woodend. We had a stop for morning tea at Culverden and were on the track at Windy Point before 10.30am.

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Kepler Track winter version - 27 June – 1 July 2018

Going down to Fiordland in winter for a circuit around the Kepler Track was Peter’s idea. Last year, he scheduled it for the third week in July and got it organised. A winter trip is obviously going to be more scenic and is also outside of the May – October Great Walk tourist season.

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Hump Ridge Track – 1 – 5 June 2018

The Hump Ridge track is a 52km loop track ran by a charitable trust. Upon organising our tramp, our trip leader Dan discovered the fee for staying at Okaka Lodge in winter with no heating, cooking facilities or running water was still $50. He warned us, it could be very cold! We were suitably warned.

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Raincliff Basecamp - Queens Birthday Weekend 1-4 June 2018

In the end, 29 people spent part or all of the weekend based at the Scout camp. Unfortunately 7 had to pull out at the last minute for various reasons.

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Thirteen Mile Bush – Sunday, 10 June 2018

Seven of us left Church Corner at 8am for Benmore Station, not far from Porters Pass. But first we had to stop at Sheffield to pick up John, and then Kim and Carol in Springfield.

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