Woodside - Rocky Knob - Taits Stream - Mt Reeves
Saturday 8 May 1999
Our first minor obstacle was that the usual parking area at the end of Waiohine Valley Road was filled with a large stack of logs. We had to find reasonably firm strips of grass further back alongside the road for our cars. Logs strewn along the start of the track gave us additional climbing exercises.
The track up to Rocky Knob was in good condition and we enjoyed the fresh but dry weather. From Rocky Knob the plan was to take an off-track route down to Taits Stream and then up a spur to the summit of Reeves. To avoid getting into the tributary stream system I had picked out a route which ran south about 500 metres along a spur from Rocky Knob, before heading west into Taits Stream. However Peter Jagger suggested that he had a route which he had already used which ran south-west from Rocky Knob down a spur between two closely spaced tributaries, and met Taits Stream at a higher level. We found Peter's route to be excellent, with very little obstruction from vegetation. From Taits Stream we climbed up a steep narrow spur which finally met the Reeves track about IS minutes east of the summit, after a 500 metre climb.
Heavy cloud cover had now started to lift, and it became pleasantly warm on top of Reeves. We had lunch and were tempted to linger as the cloud lifted further and disclosed more of the tops. However our normal trip discipline prevailed and we set off along the usual track back to the road end.
Party members: Mike Arnold, Michael Bartlett, Helen Beaglehole, Marg Conal, Colin Cook, Nina Cook, Bev Daniel, Peter Jagger, Masaki Kojima, Bernard Molloy, Dave Reynolds, Gordon McKenzie (leader and scribe).