Club Night 15 February 2021
The Clubs Annual Meeting will be held on the 10 May 2021.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Waitaki District Council, the Club has purchased a locator beacon to replace the out of date one.
A trip to Chinaman’s Cave was attempted from Trotters Gorge via Vickers Hut, but a badly overgrown track through gorse forced them to use an alternative route via Palmerston and Chalmers Road.
Leaving the yards they initially followed a well formed track NW beside a creek through a plantation. The last section to the cave involved a bush bashing section with a lot of onga onga.
After lunch and exploring the large cave, they returned by going over the hill and down a gully to the cars.
Elephant Hill was tackled in the rain which soon cleared, enabling a walk up the valley and back over the hill.
Waitangi Weekend saw 10 trampers climb up to Lake Wilson above the Routeburn Track for a fantastic fine weekend trip, camping beside the lake for two nights. It is becoming a favourite destination with 30 tampers camped there that weekend.
The middle day saw various trips undertaken, including climbing Mt Erebus, going to the saddle between Mt Erebus and Xenicus for a view into the North Routeburn, or exploring the West Ridge for the many alpine plants and flowers.
The final day they returned via Lake Harris to the Routeburn car park, Glenorchy and home.
A trip around Roseneath Station from Aviemore discovered old water supply reservoirs for the now nonexistent Aviemore village.
The Wednesday Walkers enjoyed day trips to the North Temple, Waimate Whitehorse Hill, the A2O to Elderslie just after the new year flood, Island Stream waterfall, which was the most spectacular they had seen, West Maerewhenua Gold diggings, Otekaike Hill and Bridal Track in a viscous westerly gale, Maereweka Forest, and Deep Stream via the old stone cottage.
Coming Trips are the bike ride on the new A2O track from Sailors Cutting to Benmore Dam, Huxley Forks and a Herbert Forest working bee. Members will guide a school group staying at Camp Iona around a local track and teach them bush-craft skills.
March Clubnight – Nick Shearer will speak about his backcountry Makarora trip.
The rest of the evening was spent planning Club Trips for the April June period.