We had a great tramp, without significant rain, although the tops were cloudy and windy. Below are Rob Hawley's photos.
Starting at Otaki Forks on Friday evening, we climbed to Field Hut in 2.5 hours; the hut was a welcome sight in the darkness. After breakfast on Saturday, we installed a "Goodnature" possum trap on the west-facing slope below the front deck.
As you can see, at Kime Hut we were up in the clouds, with a stiff wind from the north-east. The annual race from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks was on that day. There were we with our packs and tramping boots, and towards us out of the mist came runners with sneakers and camelbacks; it was a bit surreal. We stopped for a breather on Hector.
We lunched a little later on Atkinson; the weather seemed to clear somewhat as the day progressed. After hours in the wind, Alpha was a welcome sight, but we stopped only briefly to rest and fill water bottles before heading on to Bull Mound to find a campsite. I was sadly disappointed with the quality of the lentil curry and rice that I prepared for the group that evening, but they stoically munched it.
Rob was up early the next morning and caught the sunrise. Sunday was bright and clear, with excellent views all around. We stopped for morning tea at the Tauherenikau river, and installed another possum trap near Cone Hut, later enjoying lunch on the crest of the spur that leads to the Waiohine roadend.
This was a great tramp that was enjoyed by all. Thank you Paul,