Club Night March 2019

20 members were at the Clubs March meeting, with some preliminary discussion on trip planning, which will be looked at further next month.
Trip Reports
The Ahuriri Bike ride had 6 members riding up the Ahuriri Valley from just past the Birchwood Homestead because of serious washouts further on. This entailed riding the 9k on a rough road to the locked gate. Some decided to turn back at this point, while the rest rode to Shamrock Hut for lunch, shared with a swarm of voracious lunching sandflies.
Several members spent the day at Camp Iona showing the Arthur Street school children the basics of bush craft, including what to take and practising river crossings.
A trip down Clear Stream from the lavender farm to the Beatie’s Hill bridge was enjoyed.
Coming Trips
Otago Aniversary weekend, tramping from the East Ahuriri to Lake Dumbell and tenting at the tarns on the way, and two Herbert Forest days doing track maintenance and checking traps.
Wednesday Walkers walks were the Herbert Forest clockwise circuit, followed by a swim at Cosy Dell and an evening barbeque Milmines, Mt. Dryburgh with 2 groups doing either a short or long walk, Deep Stream where we saw the preparations for the next days A2O Ultra Marathon, and Derden Hill and Mt. Baldy a new walk behind Waikouaiti.
Guest Speaker was club member Bronwyn McCone who spoke and showed photos of the first part of her Cruise to “Siberia’s Forgotten Coastline”.
With only a 30 day Russian visa allowed and a 29 day cruise, it involved some slick work by her travel agent to get in and out of Russia in the remaining 24 hours.
The cruise was on the same ship that Bronwyn had done Antartic cruises on and started at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy on the Russian side of the Bearing Sea, visiting the fiords up the coast towards the Artic Ocean. They needed permission to land anywhere, and on Bearing Island, not far from the USA owned Aleutian Islands of Alaska, they were not allowed to take pictures of the military installations or personal.
They were able to travel up rivers in Zodiacs seeing wildlife feeding on salmon and walk up valleys and over the tundra among the blossoming rhododendron and ranunculus wild flowers. Highlights were seeing lots of brown bears, artic foxes, grey and humpback whales, thousands of walruses, sea otters, puffins and sea eagles. The first part of her cruise finished in Anadyr.