Lyndon Saddle – Craigieburn Valley Circuit - Sunday 13 October 2019

Six of us assembled at Church Corner and headed west in two cars. Shi-Ping Wang and Kerry made a pie-stop at Sheffield for a meaty breakfast, then drove on join the others at Springfield and to pick up John.

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Charing Cross - Sunday 6 October 2019

The cars crossed the Hurunui River bridge took the first left through Eyrewell Forest, and kept driving straight all the way to Cascade Creek, near where it joins the Pahau River. We were able to park through a gate, off the road, then, booted-up, climb a winding vehicle track topped with coarse limestone gravel. The area seems to have fine and coarse-grained igneous rock and limestone and has been well studied by geologists. (Click here for Geology notes.)

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Black Hill, Rakaia –Sunday, 1 September 2019

(Yes, a snow trip that DID go on the planned Sunday in good weather)

The Black Hill trip has historically left town at 7.00am to allow for a long drive into the Rakaia valley and the climb to the top from the former old quarry site, if we could manage to drive there at all. Then depending on the route option taken and the month, often pushed the daylight hours.

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Mt Wall, Craigieburn Range – Sunday, 22 September 2019

(Another day trip that went on the planned day AND in almost perfect weather)

This is a classic circuit starting from the tractor shed on the Broken River ski field road, up through the ski field, sidling out to the true right of the basin to gain the top ridge, and travelling south to the gnarly ridge leading back east to Mt Wall. From the peak itself, the piece de resistance is then the fast descent on the scree running ALL the way down to adjacent to the tractor shed.

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Casey, Andrews, Poulter, Minchin Pass, Townsend, Taramakau- 7-10 Sept 2019

Five set off from Andrews Shelter at 0930 for a 6 hour forest walk to the site of the old Casey Hut then up the Poulter River to Trust Poulter Hut.

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