Kapiti Island

Sunday 28/11/1993

Went to Kapiti Island with Brian, when we got off the boat and where listening to the lecture about the place a Kaka landed on my head. Wish I had a photo of that.

Brian and I blasted off up to the top of Tuteremoana, took us fifty minutes. Sat there and had a typical snack and watched a cheeky weka.

0938 Heading for the top
1028 On the top of Tuteremoana


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Atiwhakatu Hut

Just on my own getting into the forest for a day or so for relaxing.

03/12/1993 Friday
Drove to Holdsworth car park and then walked into Atiwhakatu hut, arriving at 1010. Just under one and a half hours walk time. Some rain so I parked up in the hut with a book by James Gleick called  Chaos reading and listening to the rushing water music.

04/12/1993 Saturday
Eventually I left and returned to Holdsworth and drove back to Wellington.


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Mt Egmont (2518m)

Solo ascent from the North Egmont carpark.

Monday 16/10/93
0802  Left visitors centre, headed up the puffer past Tahurangi Lodge up the North ridge to the top.
1130  Top, three and a half hours including rests and sight seeing.
1318  Down to a much safer area very icy, was easier going up. A party of five went past on there way up roped together. That did not seem safe. I then passed a party of three, the leader expressed annoyance that I was alone.

Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku via Hodder

Steve Thornley organized the NZAC trip from Wellington to the Inland Kaikoras. This is my first alpine club trip. There are six of us in total.

Friday 10/09/1993
Left on the ferry from Wellington as a group, meeting a taxi van in Picton that will take us up the Hodder.

Saturday 11/09/1993
6:32 am Time to get out of bed and up the river, we stayed in the Haybarn at the Hodder river last night. After breakfast and packing up we headed off up the Hodder.
 It was a bit cold at times in the river and there was snow for the last section. Took five hours forty from hay barn to huts.

Sunday 12/09/1993
Today we climbed Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku and Alarm up the Staircase Stream route. Left the hut at six forty. Then it took one hour forty to get from the saddle to the top of Alarm.

Monday 13/09/1993
4:00 am Up and breakfast and dressed, Steve, Max, and I off to climb Mitre Peak. Snow getting heavier so  I turned back. It was a nice walk out Max and I both found interesting rocks and where carrying about 5kg out.
Ian Hunt, Steve Thornly
Taxi van picked us up at the hay barn and dropped us back at Picton to catch a ferry back to Wellington.

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An Inland Kaikoura trip with Brian and Richard. Heading up Hodder river to the Hodder huts and want to climb Mt Tapueae-o-Uenuku.
  • Mt Tapueae-o-Uenuku 2885m
  • Mt Alarm 2877m
  • Muzzle Saddle 2222m
Friday 12/03/1993
Flew down to Blenheim at 1625, Brian and Richard picked me up. Off to get groceries and food.  Drove up the road and tenting at the hay barn.

Saturday 13/03/1993

11:10 am Left car and tent and heading up the hodder. Overcast, no wind about 15C.
17:10 pm arrived at Hodder huts, was able to have candles outside at night as no wind.

Sunday 14/03/1993
15:50 pm All three of us on top of Mt Tapueae-o-Uenuku. Hard walk,

Monday 15/03/1993
Wandered up Muzzle Saddle and saw a few chamois.

Tuesday 16/03/1993
 8:30 am Left hut for climb up Alarm.
10:50 am Just Brian and I. Smoko stop on ridge overlooking final bowl.
11:00 am on again, getting scarey !
12:10 pm Peaked on Alarm, we where slightly alarmed.
Brian was momentarily floored.
So that was 3 hours 40 minutes from hut to top.

Had an interesting time after Alarm meet Richard halfway on our descent.

Wednesday 17/03/1993
 7:45 am Left hut.
10:55 am Out in the riverbed below bridge.
Having a wash and waiting for Brian and Slippery.
Brian left a doc on the post in the river.
Had a nice drive out.
Flew home to Wellington 1715.


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