Uncle Roddus Tramping Diary: Tramp No.36
Black Hill Hut-Salmon Creek - 26-28th December 2003
A solo tramp I did with the original intention of spending two nights at Black Hill Hut and spending the middle day heading along the tops to Chest peak and back.
Left View hill on a warm and windy Boxing day and marched up to Black Hill Hut in 5.5 hours. Set up in the hut and was joined by another party of 4 about an hour later, including one 13 year old lad who didn't shut up the whole time they were there, for both nights. headed up onto Black Hill to enjoy the views and watch the sunset, wind was quite strong.
A very windy night was had in the hut and it was still blowing strong in the morning, which prompted the decision to abandon any ideas of travelling along those exposed ridges in that wind and instead to drop down into Salmon Creek as Frank and Honora had recently re cut the track down. Dropped down to the Salmon Creek Biv in 1.5 hours and discovered the original hut book from 1984 had mention of Alan J, who had helped move it there at the time. I know Alan through his brother. From the Biv I travelled up stream, bolder hopping up a lovely creek with some nice pools and was sheltered nicely from the strong winds. I traveled up to where the old upper biv use to be, DOC having removed it a couple of years earlier, and tried to find the old track back up onto the ridge. I didn't find the track but the bush bash was fairly easy and one through that the route was easy to follow, I don't recall any poles along the ridge as marked on the map. The wind along the ridge heading back to Black Hill was rather strong and not that pleasant and had to be careful not to get blown over. Got back to the hut around 5:30pm and had to endure another night of endless chatter from the young bloke. Another very windy night was spent thinking the hut was going to blow off the hill.
Got away about 9:30am the next day for the walk back to View Hill, which I managed in 4 hours.
Unfortunatly I can't find any photos from this trip.