8th August 2020
After fears that the weather could cancel this trip – we had a marvellous clear, crisp, no gales day, with grand views in all directions.
Only 4 bods set off from Oamaru, with previous arrangements made to meet up with Helen and Rodney at a cafe in Waimate. However their precious car would not open/lock. To cut a long story short -they did manage to catch us, by driving up to the Woolshed a couple of kms up the road about 9.30.
It definitely was a steep-ish long slog of 6 ½ km up on the access road to service the transmitters. The 2km trip along the top ridge was chilly due to the light, but bitter, SW breeze. However the superb views and hunger pains got us along pretty quickly to the trig and massive tower, at 1086m, having climbed about 840 vertical meters.
Once all rugged up, during our lunch break – we were entertained by ice sheets and ice spears flying off the tower. Fortunately none of us was hit, as some landed pretty close.
After photos taken in all directions, we headed back the same route. Thinking the downhill would be rather pleasant, I think we were all surprised at how steep it was, and how demanding on our legs.
So a good 4hr workout with a total of 1049m elevation gain, of about 17kms.
Jodie knew that the recently renovated Waimate Hotel was a worthwhile refreshment stop, for a great crew, with tired bodies, but revived souls.
Thanks to Jodie, Julian, Mike, Helen and Rodney – from Jane filling in for Anna.