An introductory overnight tramp
Lakehead Hut – 11-12 August 2018
Good company, beautiful views, gentle pace and perfect weather sum up this trip. Sharing ideas plus chatting with people we met all contributed to an enriching experience.
Some things I (re)-learned...
I’d offered to carry a DOC axe to the hut. The axe was too heavy and the question of ‘fitness for purpose’ of both me and the axe arose. The 4 -1 decision not to take it was sweetened for me when we later learned that we’d been given the wrong axe!
Botanists see everything
Chris spotted a possible hybrid Raukaua (Simplex/Anomalus).
It’s possible to include a tent and sleeping mat and still not go over 12kg.
Girl Guide skills are for life
Jeni, ably assisted by Jo and Ken, sawed ample beech branches, coaxed a fire into life and gave us a much-appreciated warm hut for a frosty night.
An easily-carried game involving luck and the right balance of risk-taking and conservatism. Jo was a clear winner. Probably not learned at Girl Guides.
The Night Sky
Overwhelmingly majestic. Worth getting up for even if you don’t need a toilet visit.
Walking time approx. three hours for 9.8km. Tea, lunch, photography and chat stops easily extend this to 4.5 hours. Undulating track with little mud and three or four minor stream crossings.
Chris, Jeni, Jo, Ken, Colin (leader/scribe)