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  • Gibler (2017-02-21). commented on Mistake Creek West Branch camp spot to Hut Creek - Glade / U Pass forks via U Pass and Hut Creek part 1 (route)

    Yes following the stream beds (which very dry went I went) is the easy way to travel.
    That "upper" bit of track through the trees is unmarked on the topo map.
    There was blaze tape in a tree on the true-left bank to indicate when to leave the stream bed and to look for the marker in the scrub - that indicates the start of the track through the lower portion of bush. The topo map incorrectly leaves out the double ford of Mistake Creek near the bottom - it shows a single ford. And the orange marker at the other side of the first ford was hard to see (actually it was easier to ford more downstream anyway).

  • Gibler (2017-02-21). commented on Earl Mountain Tracks Carpark to Mistake Creek - U Pass forks via Mistake Creek part 1 (route)

    There is a picture of the true-left waterfall route at:

    http://www.southernalpsphotography.com/Tramping/Fiordland/Triton-Peak-U-Pass

    I found the waterfall bypass quite easy (it was very dry at the time though). There are good footholds and things to grab while climbing the "natural staircase" and once past the lower bluffs it isn't too steep.

    I suggest grabbing water as you pass the waterfall at the top because there wasn't anything easy to get on the (camping) flat.

  • Davidb (2017-02-04). commented on Te Panaa Hut (place)

    Hut now in good condition thanks to the work of the Whakatane tramping club. The lower sleeping bench needs repair

  • Davidb (2017-02-04). commented on Otane Hut to Otapukawa Hut via Otapukawa Str (Unmarked route, clear) (route)

    Start of the track,coming from Otane, to Otapukawa hut is now marked with a large orange marker on a log. The stream itself is very narrow and overhung with ongaonga.
    About 5m into the bush is an old handwritten track sign. The stream is narrow and "gutter" like. Just before the ascent to the saddle the creek divided, take the left branch and about 20m in is a marker. Once on crest go east 50m before descending.The initial section of track down the Wehiwehi stream is in the bush and in places poorly marked with windfall.

  • Davidb (2017-02-04). commented on Tawawharara Str / Manairoa Str confluence to Otane Hut via Tawawharara Str (Unmarked route, clear) (route)

    A small waterfall 500m down stream from the hut can be passed on either side. TR probably easier

  • Davidb (2017-02-04). commented on Otapukawa Hut (place)

    Good condition although hard to find. 4 wheel drive track stops at base of small cliff. Track to hut starts here (yellow marker). Walk close to base of cliff and you'll find the track start

  • Davidb (2017-02-04). commented on Otane Hut (place)

    Hut was in good condition thanks to a party who had visited and cleaned up a month earlier. Hut book suggests visitors about once/month.
    Door catch broken, held closed with a spade

  • Davidb (2017-02-04). commented on Te Pua Hut to Tawawharara / Hareirei confluence via track (Unmaintained track) (route)

    Track well marked but 2 areas of significant windfall on the descent into Tawawharara stream. Keep to the spur

  • Davidb (2017-02-04). commented on 6 foot / Whakaumu track jn to Te Pua Hut via Whakaumu Track (Unmaintained track) (route)

    The track start is now obvious,immediately opposite the sign pointing to Te Panaa Hut.
    Route well marked but overgrown.Numerous trap lines (yellow markers) from crest, be sure to descend the right ridge

  • Balrog (2016-04-24). commented on Ongaonga on track from Ohutu to Duckville (photo)

    AKA 'Tree Nettle'. I brushed against some of this in the Port Hills above Christchurch. Googled it after the tingling persisted for three days. It's certainly pretty potent. Can't help wondering what evolutionary purpose the poison has. To keep the Moa off?

  • Yarmoss (2015-08-17). commented on Head of Kay Creek (photo)

    My first time on the saddle a couple of years ago I couldn't see a way down either. I didn't realise at the time how big and rolling the Kay Creek/Scott Creek saddle is. I haven't been down the actual route, but I photographed it from the bottom when down at Kay Creek for this trip. It looks very steep and you'd want to be careful in the wet as it seems to be all snow grass. This eastern route down through the bluffs is surprisingly easy. It had snowed the night before and all the rocks above were slick with melting snow (you can see the snow on the tops in this photo), so I cancelled my planned sidle to Sleepy Hollow. The snow grass here was perfectly fine for the descent. It's just not the most direct way down into Kay Creek if you're coming from the saddle!

  • Madpom (2015-08-17). commented on Head of Kay Creek (photo)

    So Moirs was right ... I came to the conclusion they;d stuffed up their right & left. Coulda sworn there was no way down the true right of that waterfall. Ended up following deer trails down the true left, which was ok, but a little exposed. Wouldn't want to fall.

  • Bernieq (2015-08-04). commented on A Raukumara East-West Traverse (report)

    Good story, thanks for writing it.

    The sandflies dashing themselves on the tent reminded me of camping in the Beansburn on the Five Passes tramp - on sunrise, I really did think it was raining, so desperate was that blood-thirsty miasma.

  • Bernieq (2015-07-29). commented on Ongaonga on track from Ohutu to Duckville (photo)

    For the newbie to onga-onga, contacting this stuff is painful. People are affected differently but contact will cause extreme pain.

    On a tramp, a mate slipped and pressed his palm into one leaf - instant intense pain diminishing, after 2 hours, to a level that could not be ignored - lasting for 2 days.

    Four days later, he had a delayed reaction - paralysis of the whole arm, blurred vision and associated pain for about 15 minutes - scared the willies out of him.

    A sufficient dose of the onga-onga neuro-toxin can kill - so, BE CAREFUL.

  • Philipw (2015-07-17). commented on default (trip)

    From Cow Creek Saddle the track descends slightly and then sidles in the bush until it opens up at the head of an old and massive slip area. An easy scramble down into the eroded gully and follow the easy open stream-bed down the whole length of this open, and rather attractive area. Cairns and markers make the route easy.

    Just before the bush is reached at the lower end, exit up onto the true-left bank and and pick up a marked entry back into the bush. Another 150m or so and Cleft Creek is reached. The map is not quite correct at this point.

    Although not essential, it's easiest to cross Cleft Creek and proceed on the northern bank for a short while before re-crossing and picking up the orange markers at the start of the main track that follows easy and pleasant terraces to the Ruamahunga/Cleft Creek confluence. Not highly maintained, but the relatively stable old-growth forest won't claim it back in a hurry either.

  • Madpom (2015-07-09). commented on Lower Rees Valley (photo)

    This photo speaks to me of the promise starting a tramp. Easy walks up grassy flats with the peaks beginning to tower around you, flavoured by the anticipation of turning up one of those spurs...

  • Madpom (2014-11-17). commented on Back Basin Hide (place)

    A truely unique place. Well worth the climb.