2016/01 February Bulletin

posted 1 Feb 2016, 14:02 by Wakatipu Walker

Christmas Party 2015 

A good turn-out for the Xmas party which was enjoyed by all. A big thanks to Kay and Jim for their generous hosting.
Photo: Pip

Coronet to Brow Peak 
A last minute trip was planned on the weekend before Christmas, to get us away from the madness and traffic. Roger, Lorraine, Sally, Di and Lindsay set off early after relocating cars, to Coronet Peak Base Building. The weather forecast was promising, although started a little overcast - this proved to be a blessing as it could have been extremely hot. The route was easily gained after heading to Rocky Gully and following the T bar up, where a track intersected through. We then followed the correct ridge line all the way to Brow Peak, admiring the views, and enjoying two picnic stops. A gentle breeze cooled us off - no high winds this day fortunately. After lunch on Brow Peak, we headed down the steep track to Arrowtown, where we joined the Saw Pit gully track. All in all about 6 hours including stops. Back to civilisation and madness! Merry Christmas!

Report and photos: Lindsay


Remarkables loop Tuesday 5th Jan 

An email from Alan was a welcome holiday fillip. We were aware that some people were back at work which made it even more of a bonus to be out in such wonderful weather.

The plan was to head up the basin where snowboarders hang out in winter. We had bit of a consultation about easiest route and went with one Alan had used previously. A few boulders to add interest to those of us whose weight to muscle ratio is on the wrong side of the ledger!

With that we gained the ridge at around 2000m and enjoyed fantastic views of the Queenstown basin through to the Crown Range, and as far as Mt Cook.

After skirting below a rocky region (in retrospect probably ok) we walked along the ridge to Ben Cruachan, lunched in leisure then descended into the upper Doolans but not as far as the small tarn below. A small stream allowed for filling of water bottles much needed on this warm day. Sticking as much as possible to about 1800 contour below some large crags we regained the Remarkable snow field via "Helicopter Pass". It was about this point that the realisation of what "FE" on Alan's email meant ! An easy descent back to the carpark finished a great day on the tops.

No statistics to gauge total ascent and descent but at the end we were all grateful for the road up the skifield which allows such great access to routes in this area.

Many thanks to Alan for rescuing us from our holiday excesses.

We were Lorraine, Roger, Paul, Jude C, Sally, and Alan.

Report and photos: JC


Which way?
Looking towards Ben Cruachan

Following are photos from a trip the editor did to Lake Nerine this month


North Col
Lakelets north of Lake Nerine