We headed off early Saturday morning and drove to Springs Junction where we stopped for coffee and then carried onto Hanmer for another brief stop. Drove over Jollies pass to Lake Tennyson where we parked the cars. Headed off over Maling Pass and then up the Waiau River heading for Caroline Creek.
We left our bivvy site at quarter past five and headed up into the snow, quite cold with cloud around the tops so not such great views. A great fun time was had by all.
Walked back out to Lake Tennyson and drove home to Nelson.
1300 Left Lake Tennyson and heading off over Malling pass
1715 At Caroline bivvy1830
At a bivvy site up Caroline creek
0515 Left camp.
1100 On top of Humbolt
1500 Back at camp
1600 Off to biv
1645 At Caroline biv
Map of Walk
After work left Nelson for Blenhiem as had arranged to meet Paul at the railyway station. Both of us with a car. After nine we headed off to Christchurch. So early hours of Saturday we drove to Lake Heron and slept in our cars.
Woke late and it was raining. When the rain stopped we put up our tents and then it really thundered down, decided to wait and see what tomorrows weather would be.
Snowed in the night lovely morning.
1535 At hut, just three other people here. Took about 5 hours including a lunch stop.
The others left. We went out and explored.
1050 Off down to the cars.
1630 At cars and off back to Nelson
Map showing location of Cameron Hut
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1330 Left Nelson with Anthony and drove to the Robert Ridge low car park on Coldwater side. Left packs and Anthony at the car park and then drove car to upper car park. Ran down. Headed off to Coldwater hut. I wore suit and tie all the way.
1600 At Coldwater hut. Food etc.
1710 Ben arrived.
0700 Out of bed.
0810 Off to Angelus hut via Hukure stream, up Cascade Track, kept suit on all the way.
|I and my suit|
|Anthony and Ben|
2031 Well feed and had a couple of wines. Thinking of going up to the top of Angelus for midnight.
Lots of people lots of fun. Maybe head off at 2140?
Not everyone one as not everyone had crampons and some had drunk to much alcohol.
2153 Off for the climb....
We where near the top at 0010 and Nick slid off down a steep slope and went over a bluff. It is shit scarey to see a fellow climber accelerating to their death on a mountain. The noise of the slide and the headlight receding in the distance did not look good.
Andrew and I went down a gulley looking for him, we did find him, but it was initially decided that it was a rock. So me Mark and Amanda headed down. We got to the hut and raised the alarm. No hut radio so some headed off up to Robert Ridge direction where cell phones work to call for assistance. Mark, Grant and I, and a member of another party took up clothing food and hot drink. A cold night grouped around Nick. He was not really ever concious.
In the morning a chopper arrived and after a bit of a struggle with a stretcher he was airlifted to Nelson hospital. Nick had bad head injuries and a broken Pelvis.
Headed off out eventually with others along Angelus Ridge. Was excellent weather.
|Ben and Anthony|
We on this trip:
- Ben Winubst
- Mark Holmes
- Andy Southwick
- Megan Southwick
- Paul Hanson
- Ian Hunt
Got Paul and headed for coffee at Kaikora. Nice relaxing drive. We meet up with the others and then wandered in to Hapuku Hut up the Hapuku river. Nice hut and nice river valley.
A not so early start as the team negotiated with Ben and we didnt leave the hut until 0545. Here we are heading off for our early morning bush bash, made easier by the previous nights reckie.
|My back, Megan, Mark, Paul, and Ben.|
|Ian, Ben, and Megan|
|Ben and Paul|
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0710 Ben devised an interesting trip across an interesting rang, so I went with him. He picked me up early morning and we headed out of Nelson.
1200 Having lunch on the Hope range.
1355 On Lookont Range, headed along the range and down a gulley sidling back to the Hope range.
1833 Off back to Nelson, heard a Kea on the way out.
The following map shows the area.
Meet up with Brian at Katmandu in Nelson, got a few bits and off to Picton to get Richard.
We then headed off to Lake Chalice. Went for a bit of a wander to the lake and then back to the hut for food.
Woke and got fed and its raining. We wandered around the lake in the rain, did the full track, in about two hours.
1350 Back at the hut, still raining.
1617 Went up to the car and got the weather report from Brian's Dad Tom:
Clear tomorrow with Cold southerly
Clear and nice thursday
Clagging in again friday, probably in the West and not these ranges
That seems promising.
Headed off up to car and drove off to Road end up Timms creek for our Richmond caper.
1621 At Fell hut.
1641 Brian and Richard arrived.
At Fell hut on the Richmond range. Took us under 5 hours to get here.
Eating food etc.
No views, cold.
Headed off to plane crash area.
In the afternoon, about 1600 headed off to Fell peak.
Wandered off to Mt Richmond in the morning and then back to the hut for a bit of food etc.
The walk to Mt Richmond was awesome a bit of a cold wind but lots of clear sky and no rain. Only was Brian and I as Richard has a bit of a back issue. Awesome views.
Back to find Richard and then back to the hut.
Headed off out down to the car.
Got there first and had a brief swim in the river - cold as.
Drove off to Picton and got hot chips, dropped Richard off at the ferry.
Drove off to Nelson and dropped off Brian in Richmond, saw his Dad breifly.
Paul arrived in Nelson, I picked him up at the airport. Went and did a brief shopping and then off to Lake Rotoiti
1330 Water Taxi up to Coldwater hut.
Walked to Johnnie Tait and stopped for tea at five'ish. Off to Cupola hut, got there and it started to rain. We stayed here and didn't head off for Gunsight bivvy rock.
1015 Left Cupola with all our gear and walked to Gunsight pass.
Down the other side and headed along the scree towards a saddle that gives access to Travers via the broad West gully. Get a good view looking back at Cupola.
Left John Tait and headed down river, weather clearing on our last day. Much better views, can see Travers cloud free.
Map showing Gunsite Pass and route up Travers.