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General Discussion / Suggested Addition: Conical Hill
« on: February 28, 2009, 03:27:20 PM »
How about conical hill on the Routeburn. Amazing views, darran mountains, hollyford valley right out to the ocean. Solid walk and a tiny bit of scrambling to the top. Certainly feels like the highest point around...

Bald Knob / Bald Knob - Where are you?
« on: February 27, 2009, 03:51:49 PM »
Date: 2008
Weather: Great!
Approach: walked entire Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk track in anti-clockwise direction, so came to Blad Knob on day four.

Bald Knob is not easy to find! On the maps it looks as though it is right on the track, but the true bald knob is actually about 50 metres from the track and not obvious at all. Eg. no track, markings or a sign. I was lucky enough to be wandering along at the same time as a guided group, and the guides showed me where to go.
Fantastic views! Definitely the best on the whole track. It was such a clear day we could even see Mt Ruapehu.
But if you are planning this as a day trip from Onepoto, try to get a detailed report from someone first! Even then you probably won't have any luck, it is very hard to find any distinguishing features along that section of the track. Just hope that you bump into one of Walking Legends' helpful guides! The views on the way up are great though and it's worth a wander along the ridge.

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