Club Night July 2019

There were two Club Trips over the last month.
Seven members did the climb up to Big Hut on the Rock and Pillar Range for an overnight stay. It was warmer than usual for this time of the year, but there was still enough snow to make a few snowballs —. With some good competition in table tennis and some excellent shared deserts, a good time was had in the evening. However with a fall of snow overnight and still foggy in the morning, the walk to the next hut was cancelled in favour of a direct return to the cars.
A walk along Katiki beach was enjoyed by nine members, starting at the North end car park and heading north initially, before returning and carrying on to the south end of Katiki beach. The wide range of rock formations made for an interesting walk at low tide.
Coming trips are to the Orokonui Eco Sanctuary and a coastal walk north to Bobby’s Head.
The Wednesday walks were along the Weston Escarpment with nine from the Avon Tramping group, a Tapui- Crown Hill-Slaty Creek circuit, three short walks in the Waikouiti, Karitane area and a walk from Ashland’s Road to South Peak, all on fine winters days with some spectacular winter views.
The evenings speaker was John Chetwin who told us of a recent five day trip with Club members along the Old Ghost Road near Murchison.
Starting at the Lyall end on the first day, they followed an old dray track 18k up the Lyall Valley to the Lyall Saddle at over 1300m asl.
Although there were plenty of predator traps spaced along the track, bird song was scarce, apart from lots of friendly robins.
The second day was along the tops and there were plenty of slips, some live, to negotiate. There would be about a dozen bikers passing them each day.
The Ghost Lake Hut on the second night was on a high bluff and had spectacular views of the Thousand Acre Plateau to the West, Nelson lakes area to the North and the Kaikoura Mountains to the East.
It was then along the Skyline Ridge, down 300 steps and following the Mokihinui River to the road head.
Signs of the Murchison earthquake damage were still visible along the track.