Wilkinson hut reference / Nostalgia / History
I came across these hut book entries when searching the archived Frews hut book looking for info to support my recollection that the Cat Creek biv was blown off the hill in 1974. (It was 1974!)
That visit to Wilkinson hut in 1975 when returning from the Whitcombe Pass was the only visit I'd made there until earlier this month. I didn't take a photo of Wilkinson hut back in 75 but made sure I did this time!
The WTC was the old Westland Tramping Club which went into recess some time in the 1980's. Andrew Buglass of Permolat fame was the newsletter editor. Rob Wall my tramping mate on that trip joined the Wildlife Service & later DOC before retraining & now manages a hospital in the Australian outback.
The Junction hut, not far from the damaged cableway (cage) that is mentioned, was removed long ago. The Knobby Ridge hut (not the biv) where we were off to burned down later on.
glennj My old mate Rob Wall passed away last month in Australia. He was ex NZ Wildlife Service & loved the NZ backcountry.
18 August 2017
glennj Rob & I had hidden our motorbikes near the long gone Knobby Ridge Hut which you used to be able to get a bike or 4x4 to.
19 September 2016
glennj Perhaps the books were kept neater then? It's a bit spooky that some have survived and are now archived!
20 April 2012
pmcke People used to write neatly in hut books in those days
19 April 2012
glennj The observant will note the half cropped name of Paul Caffyn at the top of the photo. Paul used to be a tramper & visit some quite remote places. He later became famous as a kayaker
16 April 2012