2014/07 July bulletin

posted 2 Jul 2014, 02:13 by Wakatipu Walker   [ updated 6 Jul 2014, 16:02 ]
Ben Lomond – 8th June 14  
Roger, Lorraine and Judy set off at 9am from below and gondola for the walk up to Ben Lomond.  The fog was down as we went through the pine forest to the Skyline Restaurant, then we merged out of the fog to see Ben Lomond looking amazing in front of us.  The track had pack ice on it so we had to go slow on some section but had no mishaps.  We stopped at Cliff’s bench for a rest and beautiful views of the Humbolts. Going to the top from the saddle was not too bad under foot as the slopes saw the sun and most of the snow had melted.  At 1pm we were sitting having lunch at the top (1748m) with views of mountains popping out of the fog all the way down to Glenorchy. The fog moved from the valley as we went down and got views of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown.  There were a number of people on the mountain including a guy leading five blind people, how brave they were and how lucky we felt not to be disabled. One lady, Julie from Hamilton, walked with us.  I, Judy, took everyone on another route down via the ridges to the paragilders pad, avoiding the icy track. We were lucky to see two Kea flying below us with their beautiful green feathers shining in the sun and then landing on a ledge beside us. We got back to the bottom at 5pm.  It was a great day out in the beautiful mountains and right on our front door.
Search and Rescue have now marked the route from the pine forest above the Skyline building to Arthurs Point with numbered waratahs, with reflectors, so hopefully people can find their way better.


Moke Lake Circuit - Sunday 22nd June  
With the postponement of the scheduled weekend trip to Mid Caples hut, we decided to do a short day walk around Moke Lake instead. After meeting at the 1 Mile at 10am, we drove up to the Moke Lake carpark where the sun was warming away the hard frost. Walking in an anti-clockwise direction, there were many stops to try and photograph the amazing reflections. At the peninsula turnoff, a detour was made down through the beech trees to a beautiful spot overlooking the lake – where the perfect reflections created a magical experience. It was still only 11:30am, so after a cuppa for some, we continued on our way. The members of the party looking for wilding pines couldn’t find much work for their saws, so we were back at the cars just after midday, and home for the afternoon. A most enjoyable little walk, especially for the time of year.
Party: Judy, Pip, Peter & Margaret, Sally, Kerry & Brian, Di, Peter DLM(scribe)

Four club members went on an island getaway in early June, excellently organized for the tenth time by Pip.
A few photos follow:

Wakatipu Walker,
2 Jul 2014, 02:32