Camp Creek Substitution Tramp - Benmore Hut           26-27 August 2017

Early on it was obvious that the West Coast weather wasn’t going to co-operate with our plans to tramp to Camp Creek Hut to enjoy a soak in the outdoor bath. Geoff and Liz were keen to head into the bush to celebrate Geoff’s birthday on Saturday so an alternate had to be found. In the end just the four of us headed into Benmore Hut in 13 Mile Bush for a relaxed celebratory weekend.

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Nordic Skiing at the Cardrona Snow Farm 12-15 August 2017

DOGS, DOGS, DOGS !

I’m betting a few more dog-lovers would have come on this trip if they had known we would share the hut area with twelve gorgeous Huskies overnight.  Calum, Ann and I (Diane) struck the jackpot really.

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1st Peak of Binser - 30 July 2017

The three peaks of Binser are visible from lots of angles when driving west. Approached up the Mt White road, the first hour is a walk in up the Binser Saddle track to very near the saddle, before turning south off the track and heading up through the bush to the bushline. It is then a steady climb up a spur to the first of the three peaks at 1753m.

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Stony Bay Peak - Sunday 12 Aug 2017

Wendy offered to lead this trip when we were doing our annual trip plan and true to her word she gathered with eight fellow trampers at PMH on the day. A left turn from main-street (Rue Lavaud) at the BNZ bank and up Rue Balguerie took us to the the start of Purple Peak Road. Curious calves looked over the fence as we put our boots on, and set off up the sealed road to a gate where the commercial Peninsula Track starts.

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East Enders Track - 16 July 2017

On a fine Sunday morning at 9am our eight assembled at Barnett Park and lead by Helen--our very experienced east ender--headed up the quite muddy track towards the summit road. The Barnett Park track that goes to caves is disused since the Christchurch quakes.

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