McKerrow Stream MF
Wed 30 March
The first time I did this trip was soon after the March 2005 storm which caused a lot of damage in the Rimutaka Range. On that occasion we walked up a mostly dry shingle bed, with scarcely any pools. I can remember only one waterfall/rock climb; it was where an inexperienced member of the party needed a little assistance.
The second time was on 20 October 2010. By now much of the new rubble had been washed away. There were still several dry sections, but pools were returning. Some members of the party chose to sidle around one small but difficult waterfall.
On 30 March 11 members left the Catchpool carpark at 8.30 and walked along the old Five Mile track briefly, reaching McKerrow Stream. There were very few dry sections left, and many pools had reformed. We all had to sidle (on the true left) a fairly high waterfall, and several other waterfalls offered varying degrees of interest or challenge. In some sections of the valley we could see the remnants of the stream bed 2 to 3 metres above us.
On the previous trips we clambered out of the valley up the spur rising from the first forks. This time we chose to continue up the main branch as it became more and more narrow and steep, filled with the usual dead trees and broken rocks. The stream ended about one minute’s walk from the McKerrow Track, about 2 minutes SE of the junction which we reached at 2 pm. It was the first time some of the party had climbed to the source of a stream.
After the darkness and closeness of the valley, we relished the sunlight and open views below McKerrow.
- Party members
- Tony Black, Colin Cook, Susan Guscott, Brian Hasell, Alan Holden, Gerald Leather, Peggy Munn,
David Ogilvie (leader and scribe), Marg Pearce, Lynne Pomare, Warwick Wright.