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paradza wrote:Just feedback on trip. Least I can do after contributions. Of course, magnificent countryside.
There was a fair amount of spring snow, so DOC had Avalanche warnings on most of the tracks.
My solo Tramp was up to Routeburn Falls Hut. It was just below the snow line that day. Dumped my stuff and headed up to Lake Harris. Ventured up a little further, but the track from their on had some good snow cover, which was fun, but I see what the issue is around that section, looking above. Microspikes helped. A lot.
Stayed overnight at the hut. Only 2 other couples staying. Funnily, none seemed like wanting to get the fire going so started prep'ing myself, then the warden came and took over. I mean how good was that. Hot fire/stove laid on. Pure luxury. *&%$#! cold night though.
Started to snow over night and in the next morning. Went back up and mucked about scouted around the lake and headed down later that.
Ended up hiring a cheap rental, which was by far the best call. i think $45 for the 2 days. Most convenient option.
Next, had arranged a trip up Ben Lomond with a local, Phil. Good snow cover ontop. He had a spare pair of crampons, which we used to good effect. There were some really ill prepared people heading up as we went down, and the weather turn sour. We had the best of the day, with stunning 360 views. Bang for hiking buck, BL is a great day trip. AND bonus, had a beer or three at the cable car station.
After this, hired a campervan and my wife and I toured up through West coast.
Good day trips: Rob Roy. Stayed at car park trailhead (put the campervan in 4x4 mode for that ). Robert's look out at Franz Josef Glacier.
Other great overnight spots: Gillespe Beach. Kaniere Lake (Superb) and a little spot Craigieburn (think the names changed).
Mon 29 Oct, 2018 5:09 am
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wayno wrote:the weather varies wildly all throughout the year
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