Mt Climie - Climie No. 2 - Reddington Stream (Wellington R27, R28 and PtQ27; Lake Wairarapa S27)
14 October 2000
I accepted leadership of this medium-fit trip when approached by the fixture card committee because it was in an area close to Wellington with which I was not familiar, and thereby gave me an opportunity to expand my local knowledge.
Prior to the trip I spoke at length with Peter Jagger, as he has extensive knowledge of this area. Peter offered a variety of scenarios for a trip in the immediate area of Reddington Stream which covered most weather probabilities for a spring trip.
As it transpired the day started in sun and a single layer of clothing as we puffed our way up the access road on to Mt Climie. However, by the time we "summited" Climie No. 2 the wind was up and clouds were prominent in the sky. We quickly put on a protective layer and wasted little time in dropping off down the spur running almost due south from Climie 2. Just below the bush edge we stopped in a sheltered tussock patch for a snack and a drink, with views under the clouds east across to Lake Wairarapa. The spur is easily followed and we arrived at the confluence of two primary headwater streams of Reddington Stream without delay.
Once in Reddington Stream we had the full range of stream-travel experiences. There were numerous short sections of easily travelled stream bed: there were several waterfalls that required sidles on the true left; there were numerous log jams, some of which required body contortions to get over and/or under; there were attractive gorges; and there was the ever-chilling water.
By twelve-thirty it was obvious that our goal for the day of a full traverse of Reddington Stream was not a reality, so we stopped for lunch at the bottom of the spur that runs south from spot height 678 on Reddington Spur. There is a significant waterfall at the foot of this spur that must be sidled on the true left.
We found travel up the lower section of this spur to be straight forward but the upper section is covered in a tangle of beech regrowth which required us dropping off to the right and pushing our way through slightly more navigable regrowth. This challenging regrowth persisted to about the 700 metre contour where we encountered the first of several rocky outcrops that give views south to Bawbaw and north to the Rimutaka Incline, as well as east to the southern Wairarapa.
By the time we reached the open tops of Reddington Spur there were spits of rain being driven by a very chilling westerly wind. Parkas were put on and stayed on back down the access road to the Tunnel Gully carpark for a five o’clock arrival.
Trip participants were: Yvonne Ashworth; Michael Bartlett, Rhonda Billington; Colin Cook; Maria Coveny; Dave Dyett; Masaki Kojima; Dave Reynolds; Tim Stone; Bill Allcock (leader and scribe).