Quite often the weather forecast indicates the eastern foothills as being the best place to be for the weekend. In this case, we were going to have a 24 hour window of opportunity. So in the end we climbed Mt Dalgety, a 1752m mountain south of Burkes Pass. This was the highest named peak on the
I was wondering what was going to be unique about this mountain as it looked fairly dull but I soon came across the most prolific and largest red and white snowberries ever. Then Frank startled a wallaby which I didn't get to see but soon after another one loped off and it must've been a buck. It bounded off methodically, in no hurry.
We spent an hour at the summit and were rewarded with a view of Mt Cook as it was unveiled by departing cloud. We got there just before . We were also able to see several other peaks and ranges in the distance that we'd visited e.g. Fox Peak, D'Archiac and Mt Sealy. We were hoping to check out and spend the night at a musterers' hut. Fortunately at the late hour, (getting onto ) we saw a white ute heading in there so that was lucky. They wouldn't have been impressed to find us there, I imagine.
We camped by the
Actually, on the way there just past Geraldine, I saw what looked like white painted boulders gleaming in the sun and they were the hugest horse mushrooms, basketball size, I imagine and plenty of them. They were over the cockie's fence in a paddock. But we were on a way to a mission so left them in peace.
We went back via the Hakataramea valley and Waimate. The
When we drove back up to the pass in the morning to head south, I was glancing at the map and saw to my horror that the mountain opposite (Black Rocks) was higher. Bugger, we were going to have to climb that one. It does have a 4WD track going right to the top but that's not allowed...Fortunately we realized the peak is actually not named but known as spot height 1921 and the Black Rocks refer to a feature a bit lower but only 200m away! So we're off the hook. I was wondering when we were on Mt Dalgety why the biggest named peak wasn't on the range opposite because you could tell the summit was actually lower.