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Bushline Hut weekend trip – 25-26 August 2018

Chris, Jo and Joy set off from Richmond soon after 8am and arrived at the lower Mt Robert carpark just as the day trippers were about to leave. Having loaded up our overnight packs complete with snow shoes, we set off up the Paddy’s Track where we caught up with the others at their morning tea stop. The walk up Paddy’s was very pleasant in the sunshine with little wind and despite stopping a few times we were at the hut well before 12pm. Bushline Hut was deserted so we claimed our bunks and joined the others for a stroll across the snow towards Mt Robert. While snow shoes were not required as the snow was compacted along the track they certainly made it easier, especially for going off track. We left the day party and carried along towards Prospect Ridge, stopping to try a bit of sliding down the snow covered slopes. However the snow was too soft to get any speed, and with threatening clouds we made our way back to the hut.

Others dribbled into the hut all afternoon until the hut was full with 15 people occupying the 14 bunks, including three 12 year old girls whose parents were staying in the nearby Kea Hut. We enjoyed talking to a young German couple and two Aucklanders who had flown down to Nelson for the weekend. One of the young girls showed her fire lighting skills and got a good fire going to warm the hut for the evening. Next morning it was certainly well worth getting out of the hut to enjoy a beautiful sunrise over a misty lake. The day was just perfect and the walk in the snow, off track, along the ridge top, was a trip to be savoured with many photos taken. After lunch we reluctantly headed down to our car. It was a great weekend.

We found it surprising that so few club members seemed to think it worthwhile doing this as an overnight trip, when others were prepared to fly down from Auckland! The great views of the snow-covered mountains around Lake Rotoiti make this a truly special place with easy access.

Chris and Jo