Freehold Creek – Dumb Bell Lake - Labour Weekend 20 – 23 October 2018

This was a moderate hard trip starting from Lake Ohau. Given good weather, my plan was to drive to Twizel Friday afternoon, have dinner there and then drive around the corner to camp across the road from Lake Middleton.

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Scamper Torrent Hut – Labour Weekend 20 – 23 October 2018

We walked up the Waitaha valley on Saturday afternoon in cloudy conditions with some drizzle. Despite my warnings, the team as severely shocked at the state of the official DOC track (not Permolat maintained as its under DOC control – I’m convinced it’s intended to put off inexperienced Ivory Lake hopefuls)

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Mt Peel 13 - 14 October 2018

For me, this trip was a repeat of the Mt Peel trip Joy Schoeder, Wayne Thomas and I did in Dec 2012, although mid-October compared to early December is not exactly a ‘repeat’ when it comes to the conditions.

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Hurunui Hut -13-14 October 2018 – Mountain biking

It was a grey day for the drive in to Lake Taylor. Snow from the recent southerly lay on the ground where we parked the car and in the manuka trees around the lake. But by 10:40 we were cycling under a blue sky. The fresh snow on the mountains and shimmering sunlight on the lake was stunning.

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Lake Kaniere Base Camp - 15-16 September 2018

John left Christchurch in the morning, Stan and crew departed mid-afternoon and Kerry’s carload managed to get away at 5:30pm. At Hokitika, the night car turned one street too early and got lost! Consulting a GPS phone put us right and we got onto Stafford Street, and arrived at the holiday house at 9:30pm to find the others happily installed.

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