Philistine-Rolleston Traverse Hamish Cumming and Caroline Bellamy Friday evening Hamish and I made our way to Arthurs Pass, time passing quickly with good chat soon arriving at the cmc lodge. Roasting by the fire in lodge we organised our gear for the early morning start of 3.30am! I was pretty pumped to reach the summit … Continue reading Philistine-Rolleston Traverse
7 May 2016: George (CUTC Environmental Officer), Kerry, Annie, Michael, Alex and Ann One fine sunny day in May, six intrepid CUTC members went off to delicately place eggs in wooden boxes and throw dead animals through the forest. Traps checked: 73 Kills noted: 1 hedgehog (in trap #1) Wildlife seen: Pīwakawaka, kakaruwai and korimako. … Continue reading Trapping in the Andrews Valley
A winter wonderland, indeed. I have never been over Porters Pass before with snow down to the road level. Fresh powdery snow covered literally everything, which is an absolute paradise for the skiing but not so much for the driving and tramping lot. Goodness knows what could have happened up that access road to the Broken River Skifield with those rented vans had the trailers still been attached. Continue reading “Slushy Snowcraft”
“Pumped to get out of the city and climb a mountain”! Saturday evening the four of us, Hamish Cumming, Chris Sillars, Alan Williams and I drove through the falling snow in Porters and onwards to the CMC Lodge, Arthurs Pass. There had been talk of climbing Mt Rolleston via Rome Ridge for sometime. With the weather not looking ideal we were still keen to give it a crack.
After a quick pub snack and an intense P90X core session in the hope of getting some fabulous abs we were all tucked up getting some shut eye before our 4am wake up call. Consumed by deep sleep, warm and content, Hamish’s alarm activated, jumping us all right awake. With no time to waste a good 4am breakfast was hastily arranged, my body complaining about eating so early in the morning. There was quite a variety of breakfasts from oats – pizza – toasties – rice and tuna. Yum Yum. Continue reading “Mt Rolleston Via Rome Ridge”
An 8 AM start in the UCSA carpark yielded 7 sleepy trampers, which resulted in a quick consensus to stop in Culverden pie and coffee. Following a mandatory group photo, off we set, discovering along the way that slopes make for interesting optical illusions. Continue reading “St James Walkway”