Uncle Roddus Tramping Diary: Tramp No 66
Mingha - Deception - October 2007
This was a club trip I did some time in October 2007, exact date unknown. This is a relatively easy classic Arthurs Pass overnight trip. We stayed at the club hut at Arthurs Pass on Friday night and had enough people to have two groups do the crossover to avoid the problems of transport at both ends. Unfortunately, out leader got sick over night, so he stayed at the Club hut while we went on ad did the trip. I was in the group that started up the Deception River at about 7:45am on a cool overcast morning. After crossing the swing bridge we proceeded on the long hike up the Deception until we lunched at the Upper Deception Hut after about 5 hours walking. We then completed the last stretch climbing up to the saddle to Goats Pass Hut, where we spent the night. The hut has no fire and I strongly remember having one of the coldest nights I can remember in there and it wasn't even frosty. One of the Women had a rough night as she must have got the same bug as the leader, but was well enough to walk out in the morning. With an easy day ahead, we didn't get away from the hut till about 9:30am on the Sunday. The walk down the Mingha River is particularly beautiful if somewhat short and we were at the vehicle by about 2:15PM.
Some random photos from this trip.