Kaitoke - Dobson's - Phillips Stream Forks - Bump 630 - Farm Creek
8 July 2000
On a cold, damp morning an 8.30am start from the top car park, Kaitoke. Cold showers were on us after an hour.
Just west of Dobson's, we pushed through wet vegetation to the headwaters of Phillips Stream. To avoid its cold water we traversed on its true right down to the main forks which we identified. On the way we crossed three steep but invisible side-creeks of the cartographers! We also by-passed many huge, old windfalls, probably felled by the 1936 storm. Progress at times was slow due to very soggy terrain underfoot. A brief stop at the forks about 11.20am.
We crossed Phillips Stream (up somewhat) to climb a short spur opposite up to bump 630m, to be on the ridge which eventually leads to 705m and Dobson's. We moved on for a low point out of the wind for lunch.
Most of us needed more clothes and gloves to warm up after lunch as we moved generally north. There were minor direction changes and dips in the ridge as we traversed towards a known flat south of bump 705m.
From this flat our route was a descent east down a greasy spur to Upper Farm Creek, with the final 50m being particularly slippery. An easy creek crossing and more "grease" climbing up the far side to the track, possibly about 0.8km south of Dobson's.
The sun was now out so off with wet clothing for a dry walk back to the car park by 3.30pm.
There was new ground on this trip for most people, and despite the wet conditions, with vegetation mostly open throughout, we enjoyed the outing.
The party: Colin Cook, Chris Butt, Glenys Evans, Dave Reynolds, Gordon McKenzie, Tim Stone, Ann Marsden, Bernard Molloy, Peter Jagger (leader and scribe).