Barker Hut – Labour Weekend with the “PACK-WEIGHT POLICE”

The trip started very normally for me and seemed so promising:  a Friday night walk in to Carrington hut with the last of the southerly showers greying out the tops intermittently.  While I don’t like to see Canada geese fouling our backcountry areas, I could not help but admire a beautiful nest Liz almost tripped over in a shallow scrape in the river gravels. Five large speckled brownish eggs were encircled by an exquisite fluffy ring of white down feathers, then an outer border of twigs. How does that all stay in place when the nor’wester blows?  Our torches were needed for the last section of travel as darkness overtook us.

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Cameron Hut & Peg Col – 1-3 October 2016

Funny how things sometimes work out for the better. This was scheduled to be Boulder Col which I have good memories of in Jan’99. Talking to Glenfalloch was frustrating with vehicle access now restricted to a car park on the eastern side of the station, adding a few kilometres of walking. ‘Why don’t you just walk up the river’ wasn’t helpful. Anyway, it was a niggle, but phoning Lake Heron Station for access beyond Lake Stream was the killer. ‘Gosh, I’ve got cattle over there until November. You would be very welcome any other time’. Friendly as ever, but no way did we want to push it, so a Plan B was needed

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Captain Thomas-Godley Road, 21st August 2016

Our party of 7 set off from the clock tower at Sumner at a favourable hour. After a short road bash to join the Captain Thomas Track we were soon gaining height and into a bit of bush, banter and bird song. We eventually joined Evans Pass Road and then joined the Crater Rim walkway which rewarded us with spectacular views across Lyttelton Harbour and the busy port

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Mist Opportunity. Kowai Stream, Sunday 18 Sept 2016

Three cars carried 13 people to the big pines. We were hoping to walk up to The Gap via Kowai Stream. A rare addition to the team was Paul and Susan Bingham with 12 year old son Oliver who's already a veteran of many trips. 

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Magdelan Hut, Lewis Pass - 20th & 21st August

Magdelan hut is a small 6 bunk hut so we limited the group to one car load. The four of us left around 8.20 and arrived at the Boyle outdoor centre a couple of hours later. We chose to leave the car in the outdoor centre for safety and searched around for the caretakers to pay our fee. Eventually they surfaced and we were surprised at the abuse and insults from the male caretaker as we approached. Luckily his partner was much more hospitable and treated us to a cuppa and biscuits. We learnt that there was somebody living in the hut on a semi permanent basis but no others planning to go to Magdelan. It was no guarantee as others could have parked in the main car park or be coming in from the opposite direction. Keith had retained the club gear from his previous trip so we had a tent just incase.

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