February NOTMC Meeting Report

The December meeting was a very pleasant occasion – a 45thbirthday cake for the NOTMC was cut and shared and there was good pre-Christmas feasting followed by notice of upcoming tramps.
The February meeting was attended by 15 people.

Trips Taken:
1. 18-21 December. Nine trampers were flown in 3 trips in a little yellow aeroplane
up the Wilkin River to Jumboland, and walked from there to Top Forks Hut.A day trip was made from
there to lake Lucidus and then to Lake Castalia where the bush and alpine flowers were spectacular. The
account was accompanied by excellent photography.

2. 8 January Puketapu, above Palmerston,was climbed and this was followed by bushwalking in
Trotters Gorge.

3. 27-29 January. Arthurs Pass. 5 people went. 3 climbed Avalancheand could be walked acroos
Peak while one other did village walks and another did the Goat Pass trip visiting the new
Deception Hut and Lake Mavis on the way back down the Mingha. Cave Stream was visited and
the Cave waded through, on the way back home.

4. 12 February. Egg Lake above the East Ahuriri was reached on a clear day and much windfall was
encountered on the way up Quailburn Gorge.

Wednesday Walkers
14 December. North Temple. Mistletoe was in flower along Lake Ohau and up the track. The deep
gully was packed with snow and was walked across instead of clambering down and then up, and in the
basin there were little glaciers descending.
Other tramps included Raki’s Table, Trotters Gorge (a track clearing job followed on the weekend),
Tussocky Road, Trig L, Chinaman’s Hut and a Hampden Beach walk which went on up to the Lookout
above Moeraki.

Trip accounts were followed by the quarterly Trip Planning session.
Notice was given of Dunedin’s Arthur Street School Camp at Iona where bushcraft sessions will
be held on 8 March.