Cattle Ridge - Turere Spur - Turere Stream - Mt McKerrow (R27, R28 and Pt.Q27)
10 June 2000
Our timing to start the day was perfect - as we arrived at the entrance to the Catchpool valley the ranger was just unlocking the gate and by 8.10 we were on our way. The walk up the Butcher Track and along Cattle Ridge was enjoyed not only for the catchup conversations that seem to start most Saturday day trips, but also for the shades of green in the varied vegetation along the ridge.
We had a drink and a nibble at the Orongorongo River under a grey sky with blue patches showing in the westerly drift. We then went a short distance along the Big Bend track before Peter lead us up through the steepish, supplejack covered bush on to the top of the south end of Turere Spur. The top of Turere Spur is delightful tramping through the untracked, but mostly open bush. Shortly after passing over bump 393 we arrived at the start of our descent to the Turere Stream, identified by a venetian blind marker.
For most of the party this was a new route into the Turere Stream, one that Peter had established about a year before. The descent is steepish most of the way, through very open bush, with patches of loose rock that required careful foot placement. Our arrival point at the stream was on a gravel beach - space enough to seat all of the party for lunch.
Just as most party members were finishing their second cups from their thermos, the atmosphere changed and parkas were donned to start our ascent up towards Mt McKerrow. The first hundred metres or so up out of the stream were steepish and required careful foot placement in the now-greasy conditions. As the terrain eased, so did the showers and we made easy progress. About 2.00pm the rain set in seriously and the final gentle uphill to the McKerrow Track, and hence to the junction just below McKerrow summit, was wet and chilly. Dave and Yvonne made a representative visit to McKerrow summit on behalf of the party while the rest of us headed down the Clay Ridge Track to end up at the car park at 4.00pm where we were rewarded for our efforts with a chocolate biscuit from the leader.
Trip members were: Tim Stone (leader), Bill Allcock (scribe), Yvonne Ashworth, Michael Bartlett, Dave Dyett, Peter Jagger, Masaki Kojima, Carol Kelly, Sieny Pollard, Dave Reynolds.