Mt Humbolt

Nelson NZAC club trip organised by Ben Winnubst with Roger, Pat, Norman Carrington and I to climb Mt Humbolt in the Spenser Mountains.

Saturday 25/10/2003
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.
Went past Caroline Biv just after five in the evening. Walked up Caroline Creek for about another hour to a nice bivvy site where we set up camp. In bed by eight and it was sleeting.

Sunday 26/10/2003
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.
Once back at the biv site we packed up and headed back down to Caroline Biv for the night.
Monday 27/10/2003
Walked back out to Lake Tennyson and drove home to Nelson.
Trip Times

Saturday 25/10/2003
1300 Left Lake Tennyson and heading off over Malling pass

1715 At Caroline bivvy1830 
At a bivvy site up Caroline creek
Sunday 26/10/2003
0515 Left camp.
1100 On top of Humbolt
1500 Back at camp

1600 Off to biv
1645 At Caroline biv

Map of Walk


This is my first explore of the Arrowsmith Range and it went bad as somehow on the walk into the hut Paul dropped his crampons  so we never did get a climb in. We had planned to at least climb Marquee, as it is a straight forward climb by the South ridge with a false summit 20 minutes before the top.

Thursday 2/10/2003
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.

Friday 3/10/2003
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.

Saturday 4/10/2003
Snowed in the night lovely morning.
1040 Left car heading up the Cameron river to the Cameron hut, beutifull day so far.
1535 At hut, just three other people here. Took about 5 hours including a lunch stop.
Sunday 5/10/2003
The others left. We went out and explored.
Monday 6/10/2003
1050 Off down to the cars.
1630 At cars and off back to Nelson

Map showing location of Cameron Hut

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