Club Night September 2020

This meeting was held in the Ardgown Hall to allow for more social distancing.

A report was presented on the Oamaru Walkways tracks indicating a need for maintenance. There are gates locked, parts of tracks blocked off and a lack of signs to indicate where the tracks are. Some narrow sections of the track are being used by mountain bikers, creating a danger to walkers. The committee will look at what the Club’s next moves are.

There was general agreement on holding another Herbert Forest Guided Walks day in April next year.

Trip Reports:

Eight e bikes and six pedal power bikes joined Nev’s  Mystery Bike Ride, though it was not so much of a mystery after being issued with riding directions at the start. We started at the Historic Precinct heading North along the railway line before climbing Buckleys Hill and winding through rural roads to the Enfield Domain for lunch. Then there were various bike riding competitions before riding home.

A trip to Swampy started with a climb through the cloud forest to the communication towers, before going down the Pineapple and Secretary Tracks and circling back to the cars.

Wednesday Walkers walked the Kurow Hill circuit anticlockwise from Kurow, the Tapui Farms circuit anticlockwise, Kuriheka to the dogs den and return, The Benmore Walkway from Loch Laird and the A2O from Elephant Rocks to Prydes Gully, returning via Grants Road.

Coming Trips are:

A farm walk near Trotters Gorge, Huxley Forks Hut, Duntroon to Kurow bike ride and a Herbert Forest working bee. Details are available on this website – Whats on?

The next Club Meeting will feature a talk on a programme to protect endangered long tailed bats in South Canterbury.

The evening concluded with an entertaining quiz led by Bess, complete with yellow and red cards and a mix of serious and not so serious tramping questions. One not so serious question was; on which trip did John have to mend his shorts with duct tape? Almost everyone knew the answer!