Club Night February 2018

There had been a lot of tramping trips since our last meeting in November, but members enjoyed hearing about or reliving them during the reports.

Hidden Lake in a high basin on the Wether Range was a hidden gem, which was worth the slog up to.

A mountain bike ride near Macraes which included the Redback Enclosure, led to a proposed shortcut which ended up being the long way home.

Chinamans Cave was approached from Trotters Gorge on a hot day.

January saw trips to Potts Hut in the Hakkatere Conservation Park, a long day climbing Mts. Alexander  and Nobbler from Dansey Pass summit, while in February so far there have been two wet trips. The first to Hinewai Reserve on Banks Peninsula where there is some impressive regrowth bush and recently a rebaiting job in the Herbert Forest tracks which netted several dead hedgehogs, rats and a weasel.

Wednesday walkers have continued their wide range of different walks from Evensdale Glen in the south to Freehold Creek in the West. The hot summer has led to the last few weeks walks being along rivers with many swimming opportunities.

Guest speaker was Lewis Hore who showed a video of one of his 5 trips to Sutherland Sound in Fiordland. This involved scenic flight in by helicopter with his kayak to look for the South Island Kokako, which has not been seen for many years although its distinctive song has been heard. We were treated to a glimpse of an isolated fiord with a very narrow and shallow entrance where it rains nonstop for days, where bird life thrives and bush covers everything.