2014/06 June Bulletin

posted 2 Jun 2014, 20:41 by Wakatipu Walker   [ updated 5 Jun 2014, 18:49 by Drew Webster ]

Crown Peak  3 May 2014  

This was combined weekend trip for both Southland & Wakatipu clubs...  
Weather was superb when 9 of us set off from Crown Peak Saddle, (after dropping off cars at Glencoe Rd).  
We sidled around side of Mt Scott, onto the main ridge leading up to Crown Peak (1735m). The snow from earlier in the week made the scenery even more magical.
There were several ups and down in getting to the summit. 
Lunch was behind the rocks on the Crown itself..looking north to Cardrona and Wanaka.
Then it was back down the 4wd track on the other side ,down to Brackens Gully, then down the gorge to Glencoe Rd to where the cars where.
From there it was just a matter of running the drivers back up to the saddle to retrieve the other cars.
It was simply an amazing trip, a new area for some- lovely 360deg views.
Trampers: Peter Dymock, Lindsay Jackson, Pip & Bob Craigie, .....and 5 trampers from Southland Tramping Club.


Kepler Track 10-12 May 2014

12 Happy Trampers set off from Frankton at 8am on the 10th May. Those participating were Pip, Lindsay, Peter D, Peter DLM, Sally, Roger, Lorraine, Vicki, Mel, Kay and her brother and sister in law George & Marg.. We drove down to the dam and did a vehicle shuffle so that there were vehicles at Rainbow Reach when we finished on 12 May and then set off to walk up to Luxmore Hut for the night. We were very fortunate with the weather and completed the trip that day in fine sunny weather.Some of us suffered from the uphill tramp but all made it safely to Luxmore Hut to find the hut was quite full with wardens in residence. Apparently there are likely to be volunteer wardens at Luxmore for the winter. Sally and Lindsay did some star gazing from the helipad while the rest of the party slept inside the hut.

Sunday also dawned bright and sunny with a lovely sunrise being well photographed from the breakfast table. Then it was once more off uphill and over the tops. The weather could not have been better really with magnificent views all the way. Lunch was in the Hanging Valley Shelter and we quickly set off after lunch to avoid what looked like changing weather with a chill wind blowing up. However, once we got going, we escaped the wind and were once more warm. We all made it down to the Iris Burn Hut in good time to find quite a few people also in this hut. However, the Queenstown crew managed to book one of the bunk rooms and banish all the "younger" trampers upstairs. The water tank at the hut had run dry which required a few trips down the camp site for water and toilet stops. 
Monday morning dawned with heavy rain and we all rugged up for the wet walk out. George Marg and Kay walked as far as Motorau Hut for the night with the rest of the party making it safely to Rainbow Reach and the trip home. A great trip with mainly good weather, great views and good company.

Report: Kay


Wakatipu Walker,
2 Jul 2014, 02:31