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Key Summit / Key Summit
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:13:56 PM »
Part of the Routeburn track. Great trip.

General Discussion / Mt Dumblane, Hanmer
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:05:01 PM »
Great, easy walk. Starts at the saddle and with a bit of speed and two kids to motivate, it's a two hour return trip.  Excellent views of Hanmer.  No idea why DOC don't have the map for this walk on their pamphlet as its a well marked track.

Richardson, Mt / Mt Richardson
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:55:27 PM »
Good walk.  Steep uphill and once again the kids beat us to the top!

Rangitoto / Rangitoto
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:54:01 PM »
Great day for a nice easy walk. Awesome lava caves to walk through

Isobel, Mt / Mt Isobel
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:46:31 PM »
Now to do Mt Isobel properly I reckon you have to leave from Hanmer, not from half-way up the mountain via the pass!  We walked from town through a couple of tracks, up to the waterfall, which turned out to be a thigh-buster for us novices.  It took four go's at this one for us to get the confidence and weather right to push on all the way to the top.  The section above the waterfall is stunning, though probably a bit tricky in rough weather.  We got up to the saddle one day then chickened out as the wind was blowing us over, but the day we "bagged" it we had three 9-10 year olds with us and boy they enjoyed it.  The cloud closed in as we decended, which made the gravel scree sections pretty tricky, and a bit of a mystery sometimes looking for the next marker pole.  Heading down we went down to the standard Jacks Pass starting point, then down through the forestry area and over Conical Hill.  This made it 5 hours 40 minutes in total, just the right length to qualify the kids for the waterslides at Hanmer!

Oxford, Mt / Mt Oxford
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:37:43 PM »
We climbed Mt Oxford from Coopers Creek carpark, and though it might be interesting to head down the other way.  We climbed up through cloud, breaking through near the top for an amazing view across the tops of the alps.  Spectacular!  Going down the other side and back around the waterfall loop was a great idea, but a lot longer than we expected.  We didn't muck around, and even ran quite a bit of the downhill, but it was still 7 hours 20 minutes so the kids were thoroughly trashed.  Heading down the track we encountered a rather dead looking section of forest, made all the spookier by the cloud as we decended back through it.  What a great day!

General Discussion / Mt Fyffe
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:25:05 PM »
Wow what a way to walk off the excesses of Christmas dinner!  This was a really hard effort for us - mainly because it's a solid constant uphill slog on rolly gravel all the way.  DOC says it's 8 hours return, but we did it in 6 hours 20 minutes including a brief lunch stop, though we weren't mucking around as we had slept in a bit!  This is out highest peak so far, starting at 250m according to our weather logger, finishing at 1602, so a bigger climb than other peaks that start much higher.
We were very lucky with the best weather you could get - from the top we could see both the North Island and Banks Peninsula, though it obviously can be very windy as the trig had blown over.
The hut looks very good, though on the way down just past the hut a runner passed us, heading up with two dogs.  He made us feel very inignificant!  Very impressed.  He stopped to chat on the way down - he "walks the dogs" to the hut 3 times a week.  The kids were certainly inspired - we were just jealous of his energy!  This is a four wheel drive track all the way up so well marked, but rolly and constant so not what I would consider easy.

Iron, Mt / Mt Iron
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:46:18 AM »
Definitely a good walk to blow off steam after spending time at Puzzling World.  Fantastic views of Wanaka and Lake Hayes.  Never seen so many rabbits before - the hillside was alive!  Crappy crappy weather and the top of this one is quite exposed to wind so we were very glad to have our jackets.

Queenstown Hill / Queenstown Hill
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:43:29 AM »
It was a damp, windy day but what a view!  We'll have to come back with better weather and bag Ben Lomond too - looks like an excellent challenge.  We did the loop track heading up to the left and back the other way.  Suspect its an easier climb the other way around, though for us a smooth gentle downhill slope is a good safety option for kids in a rush to get to the next place!  The spooky forest section on the way down is stunning.

Flagstaff / Flagstaff
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:39:49 AM »
Third Dunedin peak bagged today - this is becoming a very good holiday for the kids!  A nice gentle short walk this one, great to do it last.  The bullring carpark and track start are very poorly signposted but nevertheless a great day.

Sandymount / Sandymount
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:36:32 AM »
Now this is a very special peak worth the gravel-road trip to get there.  We did the loop track heading to the right (wouldn't matter which way you went), so after the peak we got to Lovers Leap.  Couldn't believe our eyes when we saw a whale feeding the the sea just offshore.  What a privilege!  Then carried on the the Chasm, 9-year old son was delighted to discover a very dead sheep "about ready to pop".  Funny what makes kids' days.  Second of three Dunedin peaks bagged this day - great to be able to figure them all out from the plane tables.

Cargill, Mt / Mt Cargill
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:33:07 AM »
Crikey the start of the Mt Cargill track is steep!  Worth the effort though.  Side track to Butter Peak is definitely worthwhile especially for the mountain goat kids.  First of three Dunedin peaks bagged all on one hot summers day.

General Discussion / Mt Grey
« on: December 09, 2010, 01:27:54 PM »
Best easy walk, best views of Canterbury.  If you're lucky like us you might get to see some hang-gliders jump off the top while you're there.  A gentle constant slope track that will suit almost everyone, though the gravel road to get there is tricky!

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