The weekend plan was to go with Adrian to Neill Forks hut and do more checking out of route down the Hector and over the Hector track. Didn't happen. The amount of snow gave us a slow trip in to Totara flats hut. Never intended to go to Sayers.
Got to Holdsworth road end just after 1400 so it was looking like we would easily be at Totara Flats hut before it got dark. We headed off up the hill and hit the soft ankle deep snow and slowed right down.
A lazy out of bed as some others turned up and we where sleeping in front of the fire. Decided we would wander without packs up Cone Ridge and check out the old track. Had some good views of the ranges up on Cone ridge. On our way back down we did follow the old Hector track for a bit and discovered that there are still markers. It will be a hard bush bash as the track has fallen into the river in places and the bush is short and tight.
Got back to the hut and more people arriving. A group of 14 having a stag party. As each of the stag party members arrived they unloaded supplies from their pack and the table of alcohol grew.
A cold river crossing is a good way to get going for the day.
1439 Left Holdsworth car park
1621 Totara Flats turnoff Mount Holdsworth track.
1717 Totara Creek crossing.
1850 Totara Flats hut.
Walk Time: 4h11m
1003 Left Sayers.
1105 Old hut site.
1123 Swing bridge.
1129 High Ridge track junction.
1244 Totara Creek crossing.
1332 Totara Flats turnoff Mount Holdsworth track.
1504 Holdsworth car park.
Walk Time: 4h59m