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Monday, May 4, 2015

Mt Taylor 3 May 2015

Uncle Roddus Tramping diary: Tramp No.160
Mt Taylor 3 May 2015





Mt Taylor is a 2300 meter peak overlooking Lake Heron in the Hakatere conservation reserve. We had spotted the peak on a recent ascent of nearby Mt Barossa and discussed the possibilities of climbing it. It turned out the Club was running a trip there soon after so I happily signed on. The intention was to park at Lake Heron and head into Double hut before the climb up Taylor. We were going to do this in one day instead of the usual overnight at Double Hut. After meeting at Mt Somers township, we arrived at Lake Heron just past 9am on a stunning day and were off on our adventure at about 9:20am, heading on a pretty direct route across the flats and a good pace. We reached the old musters hut, Double Hut, at about 10:40am where I had to do some patch up work on some blisters that were forming on the back of my feet. Fifteen minutes later we were off again for the more interesting part of out journey as we rock hopped up the south branch of the Swin River to the base of the sput we ascended. A short rest and regroup was taken along with some refueling before we started on the most arduous section of out walk. The first 500m ascent to point 1766 was taken at a brisk pace, being aware of the limited day light we had to get back to the cars, but after this the less fit members of the six in our group slowed some what and by point 2062 one member decided he wasn't going to make it in time and headed down into the Swin and back to the hut to wait for us, a second member was struggling with his knee and soon also dropped off sown to the Swin. The three super trampers in the group soon took off from this scribe, who was wondering if he too might not make the summit in time, but plodded on slowly and actually did make the summit at about 2:45PM and then only had a couple of minutes to snap some photos and have a drink before the descent started. We dropped off about half way between Mt Taylor and point 2084 and enjoyed a patchy scree for a quick decent down to the upper reaches of the Swin. We caught up with the knee person and proceeded down the straight forward boulder hop back to the hut by about 5pm, The other member had left a note saying he had already headed for the cars and so we rested for about 10minutes before the big slog back across the flats just as the sun was setting behind the distant mountains. About two thirds of our way back I looked back towards Taylor as we walked in the gloaming and noticed the light of the moon just about to crest the very mount we had just climbed and we were soon after presented with a very impressive moon rise and as it was near full, we managed to get back to the lake without head torches, arriving at the cars just on 6:30pm. We had to wait another 30 odd minutes for knee person to arrive, but all made it back safe and sound if somewhat sore. Approx distance 27KM, height gain 1650M, time 9 and a quarter hours.

































Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Avalanche Peak to Mt Bealey - 19 April 2015

Uncle Roddus Tramping Diary: Tramp No. 159
Avalanche Peak to Mt Bealey - 19 April 2015




There is a very good reason why Arthurs Pass is such a popular area for tramping and a trip up Avalanche peak is one of THE classic tramps of the area. I had been over Avalanche Peak before, back in '03, but I hadn't been on Bealey before, so was very keen to give this trip a go. A good party of 13 trampers left the DOC information center just before 9:30am on an almost perfect Sunday morning. The first 300m of the Avalanche Creek track was tackled at a frenetic pace and soon had the breath hard and the sweat flowing and it wasn't too long before clothing was shed. Things slowed down a little after this and the first rest was had at the bushline as we regrouped and snacked while enjoying the view towards Arthurs Pass itself. Off again and we soon clear the scrub and snow grass dotted with patches of the fresh snow from earlier in the week and hit the rocky stuff. It is all very firm under foot and the route well marked as we climb with the views getting better and better. Another stop is had in a small basin to regroup again before tackling the last part of the climb. Avalanche peak itself is quite a small peak and was already well populated with a group of Young Americans("Allright") as our party invaded and we jostled for photo spots. The views from here are outstanding and breathtaking and fabulous and my photos just cannot do it any kind of justice. The Americans departed and we settled in for some lunch, hoping the clouds rolling in over the tops from the West would keep at bay while we traversed the tops to Mt Bealey.
 Dropping off Avalanche, out next stop was Lyell Peak, which was accessed by some fairly easy tops travel before the exposed rocky section between Lyell and Bealey. For some in the group this was their first experience on exposed rock like this but no one baulked and all traversed it in pretty good time so a good break was had on Bealey.Dropping off Bealey and over point 1760 we stopped to regroup above the scree that was to take us down to Rough Creek. Uncle Roddus, one of the best scree runners in the club, blitzed it in no time and gave it a scree rating of 8.5/10 and sat down at the bottom to wait for the rest to catch up. The rest of the trip was a boulder hop and some short bush bashing down Rough Creek back to the Cars which the first of the group made at about 4:50pm. Time 7 hours 30 minutes, distance 13.4Km, ascent total 1524m.