Hogsback Circuit -Sunday 14 April 2019

Roaring stags forced a diversion from Knowles Top to Hogsback. A tidy eight people in two cars parked behind Castle Hill Village, and set off on a clockwise circuit. The predicted southerly arrived at midday, but this basin seems to be blessed so we got no rain while Christchurch and the plains got a bit wet. Snow on the tops all around us was a fore-taste of the months to come.

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Anzac Day - Port Hills Wander – 25 April 2019

Bruce had planned a clever point to point trip requiring that a car be placed at the far end. Alas, our auto- averse assembly came by bike, motor bike and bus and ONE car, so we did a trip from the Cashmere playground, up along streets and lanes, through Victoria Park to the eastern end of Gilpins Track.

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Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku 22 -25 March 2019

At 2,885 metres, Tapuae-o-Uenuku (‘footsteps of the rainbow’) oversees Marlborough from the heart of the Inland Kaikoura Range. Its bulk prompted Captain Cook, who first named it Mt Odin after the Norse god, to then nickname it ‘The Watcher’, because it was visible for days as he sailed down the South Island’s east coast.

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Taipo River Kelly Range 13 – 14 April

Seven keen hikers met at Merv’s 7.30 am Saturday morning. Our original plan was to tramp up the Taipo River to Dillons Hut on Saturday, then stroll up the river to the old cable way, and perhaps beyond. However, the weather had changed a bit with cloud and possible shower forecast on Sunday so the leader opted instead for the Carroll Hut route to ensure the best conditions over the Kelly Range.

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Ella Range, Nelson Range National Park - 8-11 March 2019

“They generally attack the fourth person in line”. Sonja was over from Australia, and had been regaling us with stories about snakes, leeches, ticks and March flies. We countered with tales of wasp attacks and sand- fly swarms, but our wasp warning sounded a bit feeble in response.

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