2015/04 April Bulletin

posted 11 Apr 2015, 16:07 by Wakatipu Walker   [ updated 11 Apr 2015, 16:20 ]

Glacier Burn 1st March 2015   

Sunday weather started with the prospect of rain over the day. However after getting our feet wet crossing the stream at the beginning we climbed steadily up through the beech forest with the occasional glimpse of sun and spits of rain. In just under 2 hours we reached the bush line for a spectacular view up the valley and across to Mt Larkin where we stopped for lunch.

We were investigated on several occasions by south island robins. Barb also taught us how to identify different types of beech.
We returned the same way taking our time to see the bird life and flora.

We were back down before 3pm and stopped off in Glenorchy at a café for cuppa.

Party :Barb, Vicki, Carol, Louise Jude Peter & Margaret (scribe & photos)

Mt Aurum – Bullendale    14 and 15 March

A perfectly timed weather window provided us with excellent conditions for this trip. After driving into Skippers, we started walking at 9:30. The creek was low but there were so many crossings that wet socks were inevitable. We reached Dynamo hut exactly on time for 12:00 lunch. After lunch there was the grind up through the heat of the basin, but a slight breeze stopped us melting. We arrived at Archies hut about 2pm and set up our tents (the hut has hard bunks and a mice problem). Peter and John were keen to continue on to climb Mt Aurum, but my legs were feeling like they had done enough for the day. So Greg and I enjoyed relaxing around the hut area while Peter and John powered on for the 3 more hours required to summit, and then 2 hours back down.

Sunday morning saw us brushing a light frost off our tents, before setting off over the ridge to Bullendale at 8:45. With memories of an uncomfortably steep descent on the direct route, we elected to use the low saddle route. This is the “no worries” route and offers no real difficulties, following down a huge slip and then good goat tracks past a couple of waterfalls, and finally down through beautiful beech forest and grassy flats to reach Bullendale hut exactly on time for 12:00 lunch again. After lunch we thoroughly explored the Bullendale mine relics – including the remains of the machine shed and bake-house, which ironically are being consumed by regenerating beech trees. The walk out to Skippers was a hot plod, but Peter had his ritual dip to refresh. We arrived at Skippers about 4:30 to finish a very enjoyable weekend trip.

Party: Peter Dym, John(from UCTC), Greg, Peter DLM(scribe and photos)

View from Saddle towards Bullendale
View from Bullendale back up to saddle