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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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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Mt Cook Base 24-26 March

Our 8am departure from Kevin’s place was slightly delayed due to car swapping after Kevin saw just how small my Suzuki Swift bootspace is. Base camps mean quite a lot of extra gear such as chilly bins, pillows and liquid refreshments

 Mt Cook photo gallery click on photo to view

Our two cars of four people stopped at Fairlie for an early lunch and some of us realised for the first time why this place is a must-stop as we tucked into their famous pies. I can recommend the salmon and bacon. Ask Kevin for the list of Christchurch outlets if you don’t wish to drive to Fairlie.

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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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Five Passes 26 Feb 2017 – 4 March 201

Originally this trip was scheduled for a week earlier so we were all watching the weather forecast hoping for the window we needed before other commitments prevailed. Finally the “start packing” from our leader. The four of us met up in Glenorchy on the Sunday night at Bruce’s house (Penny’s friend) where not only did we have 5 star accommodation in a new house with views of the lake and the mountains but Bruce cooked us a fantastic meal which included fish he had caught in the lake himself and smoked. Thanks for your hospitality Bruce

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