Conical Hill – Saturday 28 September 2019
The trip was done on the Saturday as the weather forecast for Sunday was poor. A 7:15am start from Richmond meant we set out walking at 8:40. The trip was a bit challenging as we had about one hour of off track in order to get onto the DOC track which we got to at morning tea. We then climbed up to the ridge, stopping for lunch on the ridge about half an hour before Conical Hill, seeking shelter from a bitterly cold SW wind. After lunch we battled the wind and made Conical Hill and proceeded down the route maintained by Maria & Rob - an old stock route off Conical Hill back to the Jelinek farm where the cars were parked. This route was more sheltered from the wind. We came down to the old lime works about ten minutes from the cars and some of the group took ten minutes to visit the Huia Cave entrance before we returned to the cars completing an eight hour day.
The group included, Sue D, Ian W, Joy, Christine H, Di, Pete, Eric, Esther, Rob, Maria (scribe), Marian, Bernard and newcomers Paula, Rosie, Richard, Gareth and Brian.