lewshaw

Methven Search & Rescue & Mt Somers Walkway Society & Hakatere Heritage Committee.Keen tramper,prefer off the beaten track.Now a professional tramper;NZ Super makes me a paid nomad.

Pinnacle Biv Sunset from Red Hill A bobby dasler MTBs at 1800 metres! Lindis Pass area NOT Begley Saddle Tiger country Travers Saddle Dog Lake Mt Somers Plateau campsite Trifalls Stream,Mt Somers Mt Ida vista

Five Passes

Five of us just circuited the Five Passes; Sugarloaf,Park,Cow,Fiery & Fohn.Pretty well marked for the initial & last half day and cairned with a rude track for the rest.We tented but plenty of bivvy rocks sprinkled around if they float ...   More ▶︎

Mt Somers tracks impassable.Ditto all bush tracks along the foothills.

After the snow dump on June 18/19th,I would suggest trampers contact DOC Geraldine re track conditions.A lot of snow as you get higher & massive amounts of tree-fall.It`ll take quite a huge effort to clean these tracks up.Reports of over ...   More ▶︎

A man called Joe

The Joe River;I haven`t been there,yet,it`s on the list but I`d like to know how this largely unheard-of river got its name.There`s a few sound-likes,but this particular one has its headwaters in the Olivine Plateau & flows into the mighty ...   More ▶︎

The Pyke

A continuation(as we did it) of the Hollyford tramp.Once past Martins Bay,the white line fades a bit,but the route is marked & pretty hard to lose,unless you rushed things a bit.Inland from Big Bay,you cross the Pyke & complete a ...   More ▶︎

Hollyford/Pyke

Well worth the effort,we spent 18 days cruising round this 7-10 day circuit in June.Few people,fewer sandflies,the bigger concerns are rivers & how to shoulder a heavy pack until you eat it down to size.Brian & Kat,Wanaka,overtook us in their ...   More ▶︎
Mt Barossa

Mt Barossa

access from discreet DOC sign 500m east of Blowing Point Bridge,itself 15 minutes drive west of Mt Somers` township.Mt Barossa is a three hour push,with rewarding views of the Hakatere Basin & beyond.I`d allow 5 hour return.Only recently brought into ...   More ▶︎
North Ashburton River

North Ashburton River

From Double Hill Road in the Rakaia R,an easement takes you from Redcliffe Stream through to the end of another DOC easement at Glenrock,also on Double Hill Road.   More ▶︎
Mungo Catchment

Mungo Catchment

We`d left Poet Hut to climb over Toaroha Saddle,& head to Top Toaroha Hut.It`s an honest 600m lift to gain the saddle & lunch by Toaroha Biv,1121m.In the background,lies Sir Robert Creek & the Main Divide. Looks like you didn't finish ...   More ▶︎
Double Hill,Upper Rakaia River

Double Hill,Upper Rakaia River

An easy walk on a roche moutonne less than an hour from Methven.   More ▶︎
Tribulation Hut

Tribulation Hut

very basic 6 bunker on true left of the Swift River(Nth Ashburton River catchment).Just taken over by DOC through tenure review & has had a make-over.Now has concrete floor,is pretty vermin-proof, but now has no fireplace.Gives access to Mt Hecla,the ...   More ▶︎
  • lewshawlewshaw discussed Mt Somers track 11 August 201711 August.
    There was 30cm ish at Pinnacles Hut after the last snowfall a couple of weeks ago but NW in the ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Pinnacle Biv 31 July 201731 July.
    A cosy,reflective lunch stop on a bluebird day.A day excursion from Boo Boo hut where one of our party was ...
  • lewshawlewshaw discussed powdered alcohol 4 June 20174 June.
    My little luxury,apart from energy-imparting chocolate(almost qualifies as a medicine),is a 300ml plastic of Port;a tot each over two or ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Sunset from Red Hill 14 May 201714 May.
    An overnight camp,right by the summit of Red Hill.Ideal conditions & timely,with a front about to crash the party in ...
  • lewshawlewshaw updated the photograph, A bobby dasler 22 March 201722 March.
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, MTBs at 1800 metres! 8 March 20178 March.
    Hundreds of MTBers & others ascended the chairlift at Mt Hutt skifields` open day recently.Bereft of snow but insanity in ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Lindis Pass area 21 February 201721 February.
    had a wee job in Wanaka that required a sparrowfart start(from home in Methven) and rewarded with this vista taken ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, NOT Begley Saddle 8 February 20178 February.
    Our wee group had left Upper Travers Hut after reading route notes & studying the two options from below but ...
  • lewshawlewshaw updated the photograph, Tiger country 1 February 20171 February.
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Travers Saddle 19 January 201719 January.
    On our 7 day tramp from St Arnaud to the Boyle,one of few fine,sunny times was on this saddle,an hour ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Dog Lake 26 December 201626 December.
    A pleasant oasis on the track from Potts hut out to the road at Potts Cutting.Boundary Stream flows out of ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Mt Somers Plateau campsite 2 November 20162 November 2016.
    Early winter foray onto Mt Somers,where we camped at 1200m with a decko over the Canterbury Plains.Our yellow tent is ...
  • lewshawlewshaw discussed Mt Somers Walkway 2 November 20162 November 2016.
    Yes,there is camping possies on the South face track,but why not use the Acland Shelter?Fully enclosed,your cooker will heat it
  • lewshawlewshaw updated the photograph, Trifalls Stream,Mt Somers 4 October 20164 October 2016.
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Mt Ida vista 20 March 201620 March 2016.
    On a recent Dogtucker camp at Glenthorne Station,three of us went up Mt Ida(the one near Lake Coleridge) in ideal ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Fohn Saddle 23 January 201623 January 2016.
    A clearance after heavy clag coming up from the Olivine Ledge,had us on Fohn Saddle with views over the Beans ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the article, Five Passes 23 January 201623 January 2016.
    Five of us just circuited the Five Passes; Sugarloaf,Park,Cow,Fiery & Fohn.Pretty well marked for the initial & last half day
  • lewshawlewshaw discussed Lochnagar to Twenty Five Mile Creek 13 January 201613 January 2016.
    Have a good trip;like to hear how you get on if you can be bothered.Want to get into Lochnagar but ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, The Gates of Hell 3 December 20153 December 2015.
    Mt Hecla,1734m,is accessed from the Double Hill Run Road in the Rakaia River,& takes 3.5 hours to walk into Tribulation ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, The Gates of Hell 3 December 20153 December 2015.
    Mt Hecla,1734m,is accessed from the Double Hill Run Road in the Rakaia River,& takes 3.5 hours to walk into Tribulation ...
  • lewshawlewshaw discussed Whitehorn Glacier 26 November 201526 November 2015.
    Thanks for the link,1stride;,looks like most who go through before mid February,carry at least an iceaxe.DOC Arthurs Pass echo that ...
  • lewshawlewshaw discussed River safety 9 November 20159 November 2015.
    Just a plug for the Swift Water Awareness course eight SAR members attended over last weekend.I`ve crossed a few rivers ...
  • lewshawlewshaw discussed Canterbury tracks badly snow-affected 21 June 201521 June 2015.
    I`ve posted elsewhere on this site,but if you`re planning a walk in the Canterbury foothills area & it`s below the ...
  • lewshawlewshaw added the article, Mt Somers tracks impassable.Ditto all bush tracks along the foothills. 21 June 201521 June 2015.
    After the snow dump on June 18/19th,I would suggest trampers contact DOC Geraldine re track conditions.A lot of snow as ...
  • lewshawlewshaw updated the photograph, End of the golden weather. 20 June 201520 June 2015.
  • lewshawlewshaw updated the photograph, Ladder almost 150 years old! 9 April 20159 April 2015.
  • lewshawlewshaw updated the photograph, down to the yellow brick road 22 February 201522 February 2015.
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, Scouts at Potts Hut 18 January 201518 January 2015.
    Scouts from the tri-ennial Staveley Camp ventured into this iconic hut via the Potts Gorge.Lower flows made this doable but ...
  • lewshawlewshaw discussed Exchange student found after night in hills 14 August 201414 August 2014.
    Broke some of the rules but around to tell the tale.Good result.
  • lewshawlewshaw added the photograph, The Home Straight 28 July 201428 July 2014.
    Day three & off to showers & some famous, Tuatapere Pub blue cod.The HumpRidge had seen us through,minus some of ...
lewshaw
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