Mt Foweraker, Arthurs Pass – Thursday, 25 July 2019

Yes, ANOTHER Sunday trip that got rained off, but then we went on a fine Thursday. It’s becoming a habit! For the mid-week tramp we met at 7.00am at the Russley Rd corner, for the 115km drive, and then climb to 1804m Foweraker. Three of us turned up, so we took Peter’s vehicle. Around the Mt Horrible corner we turned off down to park by the rail bridge over the Waimakariri River, talked to a campervan owner, and set off at 8.40am on a brilliant, calm morning.

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Mt Torlesse – Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Mt Torlesse was scheduled on our PTC programme for Sunday 14th July, but yet again this winter, nor’west gales were forecast. So I canned it. Tuesday’s forecast was still westerlies. Wednesday’s suggested snow to 700m but clearing later. Thursday’s said started fine but packing in later. So a small window on Wednesday then? A Communicator elicited a ‘yes please’ from Danny Lee, but no one else turned up at the Russley Rd corner, so just us two set out at 7.30am.

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Mt Bradley Circuit – Sunday, 7 July 2019

We left Cashmere Road at 7:30am on a crisp morning bound for Orton Bradley Park. The short forest track led us to the western boundary of the farm park. This was a good place to remove a layer or two and have morning tea.

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Old Ghost Road – 13-17 July 2019

Ten trampers in two fully loaded cars headed away at noon on the Friday for a Saturday start. All stayed the night at Reefton and in the morning drove to Lyell, walking by 9:30am. The wide track in luxuriant forest winds gently up, past former mining settlements such as Gibbstown and Eight Mile.

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Hanmer mid-winter base – 6 -7 July 2019

We had all arrived at the double storeyed Holiday House by late Friday afternoon. Just off the road up to Conical Hill, it was an ideal place for a base camp with the dining / lounge area focused around a large woodburner that was kept fed with logs from the amply stacked woodshed behind the house.

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