Cold crisp scenery – 4-6 June 2016john tait hut

 

The weather was magic with the tops decked out in white. What more could we want? Starting from the DOC St Arnaud office just after 8am, six of us ventured out into the frost with a couple of stops to enjoy the views around Lake Rotoiti, while our seventh member went up by boat with her husband - our advanced guard. We made Lakehead Hut before lunch and proceeded up to the end of the flats where we sat in the warm sun to eat lunch. The afternoon was dominated by cold crisp scenery as we continued in the shade to arrive at John Tait Hut just after 4.30pm. Sue, our advanced guard, proved to be advantageous, as the tired group arrived to a warm hut with the fire going. Thanks Sue. The elderly couple who came from West Sabine Hut through snow on the Travers Saddle made us feel a bit humble.

Day 2 saw two parties move out and up. One group went to Upper Travers Hut (Sue and Julian), the others to Cupola Hut. Above the bushline, in the snow, all enjoyed our time in the sun and then returned to John Tait Hut for another night, sharing time with some Aussies. We managed to warm the hut nicely for the evening.

At 8am the next day we left the hut and moved down the valley. We spent time taking photos of the frost which had grown bigger over the weekend. We maintained a good pace to have lunch at Lakehead Hut, leaving a comfortable walk out, to finish just before 4pm. It must be noted that Julian tramped the greatest distance of all the participants.

The trampers were Joy, Marie, Sue, Maria, Rob, Colin, and Julian.

Rob