This a cruise to sort some access to some ridges this way and that way and never sure of which way as the wx was not in tune with the requirements of my journey. Heading that way that gets me there and the stones and trees give me the desire to complete some journey.
It stormed it rained it clouded and eventually the next evening it cleared just for a short time. This is what we seen when it cleared looking the way that we came. So off the other way.
A home wandering day after hours of reading and watching for the weather to change. Stones collected white colored there they lay.
1536 Left the car park
1600 At Pine Valley Hut
1619 In the river before the up and up
1849 At Fish Tail Hut
Done nothing this day except for some top wandering when the rain lifted...
1639 Left the hut at move fast speed for car in the valley
1808 At the river crossing. Nothing.
1829 The hut
1859 At my car in the car park. Vroom.
Map of Fishtail
Got a half day off and used the afternoon to drive to Otaki to visit Mum and Dad and then to Otaki Forks car park. Left the car park just before five and by the time I got to Tirotiro Knob cloud was hugging the trees. Stopped at Field for a meal and a density check.
|Springbank 15 years old|
Expecting this to be a big day and difficult in the projected storm, or even a pass. Want to head up and over Field Peak, Mt Hector, The Beehives, Atkinson, Dress Circle, Aston, and then head West to Elder hut.
Up early to heavy wind and rain coming and going, decided to sleep until eleven and then make a decision whether to go over the tops and down to Elder. Off after twelve to get to at least Hector and if getting thrown around I would abandon.
|Cone Ridge Wind Info|
Headed back to Otaki Forks via Waiotauru track. Very fast and easy travel as its a four wheel drive track all the way to the hut. Looks like its been a dumping ground for stolen vehicles.
What a dive this hut is, rubbish every where, and no fire box any more! Brushed the rat shit off the table and sat down for a cup of tea and crackers.
In 2010 I had a pair that had lasted me almost eight years. The first six years probably only did a few hundred kilometers per year. 2009 and 2010 I did forty weekend trips with them before they where no longer useful.
The old machinary.
|Some more steam|
|Even more something steam|
1642 Left Otaki Forks carpark
1804 Point 1km from Fields hut
1837 At an empty Fields hut
1908 Left Fields hut
2038 At Kime hut
1251 Left Kime hut
1326 On Hector
1457 Entered the bush on way to Elder
1545 At Elder
1626 Left Elder
1853 At Renata
0902 Left Renata
1001 Car wreck corner
1052 Waitauru hut
1155 Left Waitauru hut
1212 Into the river
1255 Swing bridge
1417 The field of anchient steam based machinery
1440 Picnic area
1504 Back at the car
Google Earth View of Walk
|Otaki Forks - Kime Elder Loop|
Field and Elder hut are currently density free.